MediaWiki Skins Design book review

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A couple of months back I was contacted by Jude from Packt, a UK based publishing company specializing in focused IT books, she was looking for people to review the book “MediaWiki Skins Design” and offered to send me a copy.

I accepted the offer and think it’s a really useful book for anyone working with mediawiki. Part of the book walks you through how to create your own mediawiki skin, some people might be familiar with the term theme, for mediawiki they are called skins. If your thinking of making your own skin this book will save you a lot of time.

The description on this page gives a better summary then I could write. Some of the things I like is the info about extensions, things like how to integrate twitter, how to use a lightbox to display images when people clicked on them and how to display rss feeds.

I’ve been tinkering with and extending mediawiki for quite a while and I’m happy to promote this book. It would be nice if a copy was available online under a free license. If youve been given the task of making a nice skin for mediawiki then this book is worth a look.

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