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Pattern Skin

PatternSkin provides a CSS based default look and feel for TWiki - flexible and W3C-compliant. Its layout and color scheme are designed to provide a nice, clean and productive editing environment. For use in corporate or perhaps in personal websites it should be fairly easy to tune the looks or even create a PatternSkin-based new skin.


Click for full screen image

Creating your own look

Template customization

PatternSkinCustomization - how to configure page elements

Style sheet customization

PatternSkinCssCookbook - how to customize the visual style

Changing graphics

The original Photoshop files of the skin graphics (mainly background images) are attached to PatternSkinGraphics.

Hide content in print

Use the hideInPrint class to hide specific content from printing. Example:

<div class="hideInPrint">
This text does not show in print view

Supported browsers

PatternSkin has been tested successfully on the following browsers:

  • Windows
    • Internet Explorer 8.0, 7.0, 6.0, 5.5
    • Mozilla/Firefox 3.5, 2.0, 1.5
  • Mac OS X
    • Safari 5.0.5, 3.0.2
    • Mozilla/Firefox 3.5, 2.0, 1.5
  • *nix
    • Mozilla/Firefox 1.5

Though not thoroughly tested, PatternSkin works fine with Google Chrome at least from 2013.

Attaching files

With HTML5 capable web browsers, the Attach page of this skin provides a drag and drop feature. You can click the drop area to use a file dialog box. In the dialog box, you can select multiple files at a time. This drag and drop feature uses DropzoneJS JavaScript libary.

With the other browsers, the Attach page shows a button to pop up a file dialog box. You can select only one file at a time.
You can upload up to 10 files at a time. File uploading starts when you click the "Uplaod file" button. Before that, you can remove a file from the upload file list by clicking a "Remove file" (on HTML5 capable web browsers) or a removal icon (on HTML5 incapable web browsers).

Specifically, the drag and drop feature works with the following web browsers.

  • Chrome 7+
  • Firefox 4+
  • IE 10+
  • Opera 12+ (Version 12 for Mac OS is disabled because their API is buggy)
  • Safari 6+

In case you want to disable the drag and drop feature with an HTML5 capable browser, you can do it by setting DROPZONEJS_DISABLE "on". To do it at the web level, the following line is to be put on WebPreferences.



Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this skin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the skin on the server where TWiki is running.

Note 2: PatternSkin is included with TWiki by default. Use the following instructions only if you are upgrading PatternSkin.

  • Download the ZIP file from the Skin Home page (see below)
  • Unzip PatternSkin.zip in your twiki installation directory
  • Test if installed: /cgi-bin/view/TWiki06x00/PatternSkin?skin=pattern
  • For skin activation see TWikiSkins


If you have set the SKIN variable setting to pattern and you still don't see the layout as on the screenshot, a few settings in may have been disabled.

Check these variables here:

  • TWIKILAYOUTURL = /p/pub/TWiki06x00/PatternSkin/layout.css
  • TWIKISTYLEURL = /p/pub/TWiki06x00/PatternSkin/style.css
  • TWIKICOLORSURL = /p/pub/TWiki06x00/PatternSkin/colors.css
  • SKIN = tagme, topmenu, pattern

If TWIKILAYOUTURL or TWIKISTYLEURL don't give a value or point to non-existing files, check in TWikiPreferences that the following variables do exist and that they are set to on:

   * %SYSTEMWEB%.PatternSkin settings:
      * Set TWIKILAYOUTURL = %PUBURLPATH%/%SYSTEMWEB%/PatternSkin/layout.css
      * Set TWIKISTYLEURL = %PUBURLPATH%/%SYSTEMWEB%/PatternSkin/style.css
      * Set TWIKICOLORSURL = %PUBURLPATH%/%SYSTEMWEB%/PatternSkin/colors.css

NOTE: customization of these values should be done in Main.TWikiPreferences

If this still does not work, contact the administrator who installs skins.

For further troubleshooting and feedback, go to TWiki:Plugins/PatternSkinDev. Report bugs at TWikibug:PatternSkin.

Skin Info

Skin Author: TWiki:Main.ArthurClemens, TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
Copyright: © 2004-2008 TWiki:Main.ArthurClemens
© 2008-2013 TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
© 2004-2014 TWiki:TWiki.TWikiContributor
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Description: TWiki's base skin; CSS based, flexible and W3C-compliant
Screenshot: Click for full screen image
Preview: Preview with this skin
Base Name: pattern
Skin Version: 2014-05-22
2014-05-22: TWikibug:Item7501: DropzoneJSSkin and PatternSkin with DropzoneJSSkin integrated fail to update file with the manage attachment action
2014-05-21: TWikibug:Item7494: PatternSkin to integrate DropzoneJSSkin
2014-05-15: TWikibug:Item7492: New hideInPrint CSS class to hide specific content from printing
2014-02-03: TWikibug:Item7427: Fix for too small or too big font with twikiSubmit class on button tag and the a tag
2013-12-29: TWikibug:Item7398: Fix for comments in attachment table are center aligned instead of left aligned
2013-10-14: TWikibug:Item7367: Fix topic info on WebLeftBarPersonalTemplate
2013-10-03: TWikibug:Item7359: Usability: Hide bookmark table when adding a new bookmark
2013-10-01: TWikibug:Item7159: "Proportional" is misspelled in locale files and twiki.pattern.tmpl
2013-09-14: TWikibug:Item7341: Use slightly less vertical space in search result
2013-05-14: TWikibug:Item7154: Remove very faint gray gradient at top of main window
2013-04-09: TWikibug:Item7151: Small fix in hidden edit link when in read-only skin mode
2013-03-29: TWikibug:Item7207: Layout improvements for radio buttons and checkboxes in TWiki Forms
2013-01-23: TWikibug:Item6977: TWiki.WebLeftBarExample timed out on a large site, which is fixed
2013-01-10: TWikibug:Item7088: Better help text in bookmark page
2013-01-04: TWikibug:Item7115: Configurable signatures with profile pictures - updating "Your signature to copy/paste" input field with new SIGNATUREFORMAT setting
2012-10-23: TWikibug:Item7006: Removing obsolete and unreferenced PatternSkinHeaderArt topic
2012-10-20: TWikibug:Item7003: Icon bullet lists feature with * icon:name syntax
2012-03-23: TWikibug:Item6834: Better style in user bookmark menu pulldown preview
2012-01-19: TWikibug:Item6838: Add Perl logo next to TWiki logo in bottom bar
2012-01-13: TWikibug:Item6832: Fix for can't upload attachments in Chrome
2011-10-03: TWikibug:Item6819: Move change TWiki form from edit screen to "more" screen
2011-07-28: TWikibug:Item6780: Usability: Link to UserList topic instead of TWikiUsers
2011-07-27: TWikibug:Item6779: Fix for tables rendering too dark in Firefox 4
2011-06-11: TWikibug:Item6209: Fix for underscores in topic name with WebTopicCreator are not possible -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-05-18: TWikibug:Item6682: Read-only skin mode with READONLYSKINMODE preferences setting -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2011-01-03: TWikibug:Item6628: Minor gradient fix - change main window gradient from pale red to pale gray -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2010-12-20: TWikibug:Item6622 - Don't hide non-hidden attachments by default, e.g. toggle state is "show" on initial view -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2010-11-25: TWikibug:Item6608 - Reduce the size of H1 and H2 fonts -- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny
2010-09-24: TWikibug:Item6544 - fix for Jump box having no help text in IE8 -- TWiki:Main.IanBowles
2010-07-03: TWikibug:Item6514 - fix for float overlapping the topic action links at bottom if topic is short -- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny
2010-06-19: TWikibug:Item6499 - less screeming submit button and cancel button, aligning with color palette of TWiki:Plugins/TopMenuSkin -- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny
2010-06-12: TWikibug:Item5335 - conditional signature based on NOAUTOLINK setting, either user Main.FirstLast or [[Main.Firstlast][Firstlast]]; force-linking user name in topic info in case NOAUTOLINK set -- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny
2010-05-25: TWikibug:Item6453 - don't use red color in topic action, implies red-links -- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny and TWiki:Main/SopanShewale
2010-04-28: TWikibug:Item6416 - fix for only two pages printing in FF 3.6 -- TWiki:Main/PeterThoeny
03 Aug 2008: v.3.0.1 - TWiki 4.2.1 (Edinburgh) RELEASE VERSION
13 Jul 2007: v.3.0.0 - TWiki 4.2.0 (Edinburgh) RELEASE VERSION
15 Jan 2006: v.2.0.6 - TWiki 4.1.0 (Edinburgh) RELEASE VERSION
26 Sep 2006: v.2.0.5 - Fixed form background colors
22 Jul 2006: v.2.0.4 - Refactored info in colors.css; fixed textarea color
26 Jun 2006: v.2.0.3 - TWiki 4.0.3 (Dakar) RELEASE VERSION
31 Jan 2006: v.2.0.0 - TWiki 4.0.0 (Dakar) RELEASE VERSION
28 Aug 2004: v.1.0.9 - TWiki 3.0 (Cairo) RELEASE VERSION
08 Aug 2004: Initial version (v1.0.0)
Dependencies: TWiki:Plugins/TwistyContrib (included in TWiki distribution)
Skin Home: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/PatternSkin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/PatternSkinDev
Download: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/PatternSkin

Related topics

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Topic attachments
I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
Cascading Style Sheet filecss celer_layout.css r3 r2 r1 manage 1.8 K 2004-10-25 - 11:45 PaulS  
GIFgif i_arrow_down.gif r1 manage 0.1 K 2004-07-31 - 12:37 ArthurClemens Icon: down arrow; used for Table Of Contents
Cascading Style Sheet filecss layout.css r11 r10 r9 r8 r7 manage 1.9 K 2006-04-03 - 22:57 PeterThoeny Layout: positioning of page elements
JPEGjpg patternskin_screenshot.jpg r1 manage 40.4 K 2006-05-27 - 21:24 ArthurClemens Screenshot
PNGpng patternskin_screenshot_full.png r1 manage 147.4 K 2006-05-27 - 21:24 ArthurClemens Screenshot full
Cascading Style Sheet filecss style.css r86 r85 r84 r83 r82 manage 31.2 K 2006-04-03 - 22:56 PeterThoeny Style: appearance: margins, fonts, colors
JavaScriptjs toggle.js r3 r2 r1 manage 1.0 K 2005-02-11 - 16:55 SamHasler Toggle visibility of elements
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