The documentation of NatSkin is crap. I'm lost!
If you need help there are a couple of options:
In any case helping out improving documentation, fixing bugs, helping others
with the same problems is very welcome.
Why does NatSkin depend on so many extra plugins?
Because some things can't be done with the inventory being
shipped with standard TWiki. A lot of the plugins once have been an integral
part of the NatSkinPlugin
and then been externalized into plugins
of their own for the greater benefit. This tendency is still ongoing.
It does not work (on my TWiki/Cairo installation).
NatSkin once supported TWiki-2 (Beijing), TWiki-3 (Cairo) and TWiki-4 (Dakar)
but has dropped support for Beijing and Cairo since version 3.0.
If you still need NatSkin on a legacy TWiki installation then try
Why are there so many template files?
NatSkin does not build upon the standard templates/skin of TWiki as
it differs substantially in the way it is broken up into components. Therefor
every function of the core engine will use a
the NatSkin templates are created to provide an independent base
for further template modifications. See the discussion on TWiki:Codev/ConsolidateSkinTemplates
Can I disable offsite link detection?
No. Missing feature to make this feature optional.
I can't change the colors of TWikiTables using the TablePlugin.
Yes, this is a known issue. NatSkin
styles TWikiTables matching the
selected style and thus overrides the html attributes the TablePlugin
This can only be resolved by teaching the TablePlugin
css. In addition it must
be able to distinguish global defaults, being overridable by the skin's css, from
user-defined table properties.
See the discussion at TWiki:Codev/CompleteCssControlofTWikiTables
Why is the sidebar switched off during
In case you use
STYLEBORDERS = thin
NatSkin will automatically disable
the sidebar during edit not to narrow the text area even more. Try a different
and you will have the sidebar during edit showing
the help information again.
I can't finish editing!
Most probably you clicked on "Save" which saved your changes but keept you in the edit process.
If you want to save&quit click on "Done". Have a look at a comparison of the topic actions
in the next FAQ.
Why are the topic actions named differently compared to standard TWiki?
Here is a comparison of the differences:
| NatSkin || PatternSkin || Description |
| Preview || Preview || preview changes after editing |
| Cancel || Cancel || abandon changes and exit |
| Undo || n/a || abandon changes and continue editing |
| n/a || Quiet Save || save changes "quietly" |
| Save || Checkpoint || save changes and continue editing |
| Done || Save || save changes and exit |
NatSkin's tries to be at least a bit closer to the terminology known from standard desktop
Does NatSkin support QuietSave?
This TWiki feature confuses more than provide any added value and has thus been removed from
page to simplify the interface.
Why are there different actions in the attachment table?
The table column of the attachments table has the title "Actions". In standard TWiki,
the only thing that you can do per attachment here one action: "manage".
The things that you can
do with attachments is
- changing their properties (comments, attributes),
- moving (which is used for deleting also) and
- creatinga link to it in the topic text.
NatSkin tries to ease the standard use cases making them accessible
with less mouse clicks, meanwhile not cluttering the interface.
That's why there's "props, move" and not only "manage".
How do I create a custom style for NatSkin?
How do I create a custom header art?
How do I restrict the possible choice of styles and variations?