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The Void Skin

... a quiet, subdued look using css layout, subtle colors, and a minimum of graphics.

The default skin on my TWiki site is the 'void' skin, so named because the stylesheet for it was derived from one at (with permission). The skin uses almost no graphics - just a small gif for the "Go" button next to the search box at the top of the page, and a "preview" graphic on the preview page. Layout is entirely controlled by css - i.e. the skin does not use tables, frames, or iframes. Consequently, the skin loads quickly and displays well in browsers that support CSS. I've tested the skin with all versions of IE 5.0 and above, Mozilla 1.0, and Konqueror. It looks about the same in each of those browsers.


Installation is not quite standard:

  1. Unzip the installation file somewhere
  2. copy the contents of the twikitemplates directory to your twiki templates directory
  3. Under your site's pub/TWiki, create a VoidSkin directory
  4. copy the contents of the installation package's VoidSkin directory into the twiki/pub/TWiki/VoidSkin directory.
  5. Set SKIN = void in WebPreferences or TWikiPreferences.
  6. edit the file twikidata/TWiki/TWikiPreferencesForVoidSkin.txt and adjust the settings there to fit your needs, and add those settings to TWikiPreferences.

All files in the installation should have Unix line terminators (I missed a few on the version 1-2-1 install).

The settings in TWikiPreferences

As described under Installation, you will need to add these to TWikiPreferences and edit to taste. You really should edit the file TWikiPreferencesForVoidSkin.txt - the settings are shown here just for documentation purposes:

   * Customizations for the void skin
      * Set SKIN = void
      * Set SITETITLE = b r a y d e n . o r g
      * Set NAVTITLEFIRST = This Web
      * Set NAVTITLESECOND = All Webs
      * Set NAVTITLEFOURTH = Offsite Links
      * Set SITECOPYRIGHT = © 2003 by the contributing authors.
   * size can be sizefixed or sizable
      * Set VOIDSKINSIZE = sizefixed
   * color can be grey, blue, green, red, or black
      * Set VOIDSKINCOLOR = grey
      * Set WEBNAVLINKS = <A href="%SCRIPTURLPATH%/view/%WEB%/WebHome">WebHome</A>&nbsp;
<br /> <A href="%SCRIPTURLPATH%/view/%WEB%/WebChanges">WebChanges</A>&nbsp;
<br /> <A href="%SCRIPTURLPATH%/view/%WEB%/WebTopicList">WebTopicList</A>&nbsp;
<br /> <A href="%SCRIPTURLPATH%/view/%WEB%/WebStatistics">WebStatistics</A>&nbsp;
<br />
      * Set OTHERWEBS = &nbsp;
      * Set LOCALLINKS = <a href="">Home</a>
<br /> <a href="">Monthly Digest</a>
<br /> <a href="">Ruby</a>
<br /> <a href="">TWiki Shorthand</a>
<br /> <a href="">Resum&eacute;</a>
<br /> <a href="">Public Key</a>
<br /> <hr /> <a href="">Random Web RSS</a>
<br /> <a href="">Software Web RSS</a>
<br />
      * Set EXTERNALLINKS = <a href="">MyWay</a>
<br /> <a href="">Slashdot</a>
<br /> <a href="">sweetcode</a>
<br /> <a href="">Ruby Application Archive</a>
<br /> <a href=""></a>
<br /> <a href="">Systematic Designs</a>
<br />

Skin Info

Description: A quiet, subdued look using css layout, subtle colors, and a minimum of graphics
Screenshot: screenshot.png
Base Name: classic
Skin Author: TWiki:Main/DaleBrayden
Skin Version: 08 Apr 2003
Change History:  
25 Jul 2004: Initial version
08 Apr 2003: completed the remaining templates, added link-customization settings, new color schemes, and a choice of sizable- or constant-size fonts
Skin Home:


Click on images to see full-size.

Screenshot of a view

Screenshot of a preview

-- DaleBrayden - 27 Feb 2003

Feedback goes to VoidSkinDev.

TopicClassification SkinPackage
TestedOnTWiki 01 Dec 2001

ShouldRunOnOS AnyOS
InstalledOnTWikiOrg No

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