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The WebPlatform skin is a MediaWiki skin based on the Vector skin and written originally for the now-discontinued project. The skin was popular from 2012 to 2015 and supported by WebPlatform stewards, which included Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera. Together these organizations collaborated with W3C on improving open web standards and documenting said standards.

Because this skin was purpose-written for one wiki only, the interface parts originally contained hard-coded references to As of skin version 1.3, the vast majority of these are gone and the only parts specific to which still need to be generalized are in the page footer, where there's the list of aforementioned "steward" organizations' logos and the wordmark.

The skin is responsive and suitable for a wide variety of devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, traditional desktop and laptop computers, ...).


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called WebPlatform in your skins/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadSkin( 'WebPlatform' );
  •   Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the skin is successfully installed.

Configuration variables

  • $wgWebPlatformEnableBreadcrumbs — (since skin version 1.3) controls whether the built-in breadcrumbs navigation is functional (true, the default) or not (false). Even if set to false, the root breadcrumb item (which displays the site name) will still be rendered.

Customizing the various menus


The skin has two editable menus, on top of the page and at the bottom. By default the top menu has content but the bottom one doesn't. Both use syntax similar to that of the MediaWiki:Sidebar interface message.

  • MediaWiki:Webplatform-sitenav — controls the top navigation links on the right side of the site logo (on left-to-right interfaces).
  • MediaWiki:Webplatform-bottom-footer — the bottom navigation menu, empty by default. If links are specified here, they will be shown at the bottom of the article, above the footer (which contains the copyright icon (if any) and the stewards' logos).