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#1 2010-07-29 08:59:43

Pierre
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MediaWiki updated

Hey guys,

I just updated MediaWiki to 1.16.0. For an upstream changelog see http://projects.archlinux.org/vhosts/wi … EASE-NOTES

And yes, the colors were altered a little bit due to your feedback. (some might still hate it but its impossible to make it optimal for all) However feedback is still welcome.

Btw: What do you guys think about the new vector theme WikiPedia uses on their sites now? Is it worth to adapt it here or should we stay with the current monobook theme.

I am also working on an update for the forums which should happen very soon (like in today? ;-)).

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#2 2010-07-29 09:13:35

jasonwryan
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Re: MediaWiki updated

Thanks Pierre - nice one.

The vector theme is nice & clean: it suits the Arch way...


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#3 2010-07-29 10:56:09

karol
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Re: MediaWiki updated

jasonwryan wrote:

Thanks Pierre - nice one.

The vector theme is nice & clean: it suits the Arch way...

I prefer the old one.

Is there a plan to make the visited links more visible or do I have to fix that myself?
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=101854

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#4 2010-07-29 11:00:37

Pierre
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Re: MediaWiki updated

There was quite negative feedback about the violet link color; so I don't think we will revert that. But if you have a better idea let me know.

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#5 2010-07-29 11:15:31

alexandrite
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Re: MediaWiki updated

Pierre wrote:

Btw: What do you guys think about the new vector theme WikiPedia uses on their sites now? Is it worth to adapt it here or should we stay with the current monobook theme.

Stick with monobook.  It's simpler, it's laid out smarter, and it doesn't break when you're looking at it in a skinny window.

With monobook, all the search and navigation controls are on the right side, instead of spread out across the left and top, so you don't have to hunt for the links and buttons you want to find.  And for those of us who like to tile their windows, the vector theme's top UI elements all overlap one another when you horizontally resize the window, so you can't click them without fullscreening your browser.

Quality of Design over Quality of Aesthetics every time.

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#6 2010-07-29 11:34:00

karol
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Re: MediaWiki updated

> There was quite negative feedback about the violet link color
I'm not saying it has to be violet (but that is the default / standard IIRC) but gray non-underlined links are invisible on a page. If they are bold and have those little blue whatchamacallits to the right - I'm OK.

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#7 2010-07-29 11:40:35

skanky
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Re: MediaWiki updated

karol wrote:

> There was quite negative feedback about the violet link color
I'm not saying it has to be violet (but that is the default / standard IIRC) but gray non-underlined links are invisible on a page. If they are bold and have those little blue whatchamacallits to the right - I'm OK.

TBH I found the same.
Just a suggestion, but could they be made a different blue, (darker) maybe?


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#8 2010-07-30 13:32:20

Doehni
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Re: MediaWiki updated

alexandrite wrote:
Pierre wrote:

Btw: What do you guys think about the new vector theme WikiPedia uses on their sites now? Is it worth to adapt it here or should we stay with the current monobook theme.

Stick with monobook.  It's simpler, it's laid out smarter, and it doesn't break when you're looking at it in a skinny window.

Quality of Design over Quality of Aesthetics every time.

+1!!

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#9 2010-07-30 13:37:56

Pierre
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Re: MediaWiki updated

I am fine with keeping the current theme...it also means less work for me. :-) Maybe I could allow users to change their theme to one of the others that come with mediawiki. I don't see a big reason to forbid this.

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#10 2010-07-31 00:19:32

pointone
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Re: MediaWiki updated

For some reason, I was defaulting to the MonoBook theme. I needed to explicitly select ArchLinux in my preferences. (Opera browser.)

I prefer the Vector theme; the UI feels less intrusive. More emphasis on content; removal of right-side margin is nice.

Lots of nice minor but welcome UI enhancements with this update. Thanks, Pierre!


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#11 2010-08-06 06:03:51

canolucas
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Re: MediaWiki updated

i also like the Vector theme better. It looks very nice and clean indeed. and the controls on the top and left doesn't mean you need to hunt on them, they are very intuitive once you get used to them (every change needs adaption). i think they are placed in a smart and clever may, and wikipedia.org is with me.

+1 for the new Vector theme ! big_smile

Last edited by canolucas (2010-08-06 11:28:46)

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