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Pattern Skin

CSS based skin with 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.

Supported browsers

PatternSkin has been tested successfully on the following browsers:

  • Windows
    • Internet Explorer 7.0, 6.0, 5.5 (note: Explorer 5.0 is not supported: will function but shows visual quirks)
    • Mozilla/Firefox 2.0, 1.5
  • Mac OS X
    • Safari 3.0.2
    • Mozilla/Firefox 2.0, 1.5 (note: Firefox 1.0 will show visual quirks)
  • *nix
    • Mozilla/Firefox 1.5 (note: Firefox 1.0 will show visual quirks)


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: /twiki/bin/view/TWiki/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 = /twiki/pub/TWiki/PatternSkin/layout.css
  • TWIKISTYLEURL = /twiki/pub/TWiki/PatternSkin/style.css
  • TWIKICOLORSURL = /twiki/pub/TWiki/PatternSkin/colors.css
  • SKIN = tagme, addleftbar, 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
Copyright: © 2004-2008 TWiki:Main.ArthurClemens;
© 2004-2010 TWiki:TWiki.TWikiContributor
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Description: TWiki's default skin; CSS based, flexible and W3C-compliant
Screenshot: Click for full screen image
Preview: Preview with this skin
Base Name: pattern
Skin Version: 2010-09-24
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

Other skins:

Topic revision: r1 - 2010-09-25 - TWikiContributor
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