New MediaWiki skin based off of MySkin: NullBook

I’ve created a new theme for MediaWiki-based sites (by proxy, Wikipedia as well) called NullBook.

I do not like Monobook; I feel as if it wastes too much space on the screen, difficult to read, and doesn’t follow established web usability guidelines. Some of NullBook’s features:

  • Fixed-position “tab bar”, set to use GUI colors, that stays with you as you scroll down a page. The tab bar contains the contents of the “Views” menu, as well as the go/search box.
  • No font size definitions; uses your browser’s default. Skin (mostly) scales well with font size changes.
  • Underlined links, and more recognizable link colors. Blue for unvisited links, purple for visited links, and green for broken (or uncreated) links. Moving over a link highlights it to red.
  • Removed sidebar to stop wasting vertical screen real-estate, and relocated it to the bottom of the page. Also hid the other languages list since I tend to only look at English Wikipedia articles.

You can find more information about NullBook (including screenshots) by looking at the NullBook section of WikiMedia’s Gallery of user styles.

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h.sanat's picture

Well the Wikipedia logo still appears on teh left hand corner when I try to preview with your skin, while the sidebar correctly goes to the bottom of the screen….but it doesnt work at all when i saved it.I use Opera and Ubuntu 6.06… Can you fix it for me.

Liked the idea of improved viewing space.

Samat's picture

I’ve not done much testing on Opera, though I remember looked at it once just to see if it worked. It did, but something may have broken since then…

I’ll take a look at it!

Anand's picture

On the Mediawiki site, there is a note that this skin is not for IE6. Is that correct, or is there a demo I can check?

Samat's picture

I’ve not actually tried on MSIE6, but I’m pretty sure it would not work.