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NOTE: The Cavendish theme source is now stored in the cvs repository at

If you have write access:

If you don't:


cvs co mozilla-org/wiki/skins/cavendish

If you'd like to fix any of these issues, please file a bug and attach a patch, then post the bug number here as a reply to that issue.

New & Existing issues

I tried to checkout the theme


then: $cvs co mozilla-org/wiki/skins/cavendish $cvs checkout: No CVSROOT specified! Please use the `-d' option cvs [checkout aborted]: or set the CVSROOT environment variable. Whats wrong ? Where can I get this nice theme ? --Sherz 07:20, 4 Oct 2005 (PDT)

favicon has gone missing again. There is a link the the HTML, but the linked file is 404: --Pmsyyz 00:23, 10 Jul 2005 (PDT)
stuff that was put in pre's before to stand out like code now just flows inline which kind of looks like crap with the new css. --Pavlov 23:53, 18 Mar 2005 (PST)
Does anyone have an example of what the PRE style used to look like? If so, I can get it setup --StevenGarrity
Please view this example page I created for you. --Me at work 13:04, 24 Mar 2005 (PST)
Try Update:Development:Templates from the Google cache (use this Google search if the cache link doesn't work right). --Waldo 15:56, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
Default monobook.css for the PRE tag and how it looked like:
pre {
    padding: 1em;
    border: 1px dashed #2f6fab;
    color: Black;
    background-color: #f9f9f9;
    line-height: 1.1em;

--LouCypher 15:32, 24 Mar 2005 (PST)

AFAIK, we had added -moz-pre-wrap to that shortly before the upgrade... --KaiRo 04:29, 30 Mar 2005 (PST)
On Special:Recentchanges the toolbox links (RSS and Atom) look weird - don't follow the cavandish style --Csogilvie 01:24, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
In monobook, the color of the Discussion tab would change if no one had created the discussion page yet. In Cavendish, you can't tell without actually clicking on the tab to see if there's anything there. --Justdave 01:59, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
Email addresses now show the entire mailto: link before the envelope icon, and spam-proofing them with & #64; doesn't work anymore. See SeaMonkey:Supporters --Sander 02:39, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
This is probably related to the 1.4rc1 upgrade to MediaWiki, and not the theme. They appear to be being more anal about XSS-proofing the URLs. :) --Justdave 02:59, 24 Mar 2005 (PST)
The content area seems very much smaller than in other themes, can we tweak it somehow to get back some space there again? E.g. the left and right empty borders could be much smaller, and I guess the nac bar could be smaller as well (font size?). I wonder what it look like on a 800x600 screen... --KaiRo 10:22, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
On a 800x600 screen the edit page simply doesn't fit. L2 12:19, 20 Mar 2005 (PST)
The Go/Search buttons in the page header are incorrectly styled; they should look like the Go button in the main www.m.o style. --Waldo 16:51, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
It's also a bit hard to navigate, as the main mav is in the middle between personal tools and toolbox and those sections are hard to tell apart.--KaiRo 08:08, 20 Mar 2005 (PST)
We need a robots.txt in the root. Note that it really must be stored in the root otherwise it will generate a lot of useless 404s. -- Anne 11:15, 24 Mar 2005 (?, NL)
The top tabs are missing the right part of the yellow 'active' tab state. I think this is the part in the <li> and not in the link. Tested in FX and Safari. - dburka 9:53, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
Cavendish theme is messed up when displaying category pages. The category listings end up forced down below the level of the sidebar, as seen here Category:Mozilla_Materials. We need this fixed for the Devmo Wiki as well. Dria 06:23, 13 Apr 2005 (PDT)
The category problem seems to be a <br style="clear:both;"/> inserted by the theme after the page description. Either that should be removed, or a quick workaround could be to stick br {clear: none !important} in the stylesheet (though with potentially adverse effects on other pages)--Nevir 01:57, 22 May 2005 (PDT)
I see only Cavendish in Preferences. How about Monobook or a similar skin as an option? I'm sure I'm not the only user of Mediawiki on more than one site who would rather not keep hunting for standard links. --merriam 11:17, 25 May 2005 (PDT)
The is a problem when printing using the Cavendish theme. The print layout includes the navigation links. This does not occur using monobook. --Rport 18:06, 8 Jul 2005 (PDT)
Hi -- has anyone tried using Cavendish on MediaWiki 1.5.1? It somewhat works, but the 'Navigation' part of the navbar isn't loading anything.... Just wanted to confirm it even works before going further -- rest looks pretty good! --Fizik 09:10, 22 Nov 2005 (PST)
Okay -- fixed navigation bar incompatibility with 1.5+ due to new array format .. should I post a bugfix entry? As far as I can see, everything else seems to work properly with 1.5 -- I will update with further issues if they arise --Fizik 08:51, 24 Nov 2005 (PST)
Okay -- Hi there... a bugfix entry would be fantastic I am having this problem too. --Mikkyman 17:18, 12 Dec 2005 (PDT)

Resolved Issues

Page titles don't show up anywhere inside the page anymore (you have to look at the title bar :gasp: ). --Justdave 00:00, 19 Mar 2005 (PST)
Fix for this is on its way. --StevenGarrity
Fix received and installed. --Justdave 05:49, 20 Mar 2005 (PST)
MediaWiki 1.4 was released the other day. It is suggested that all users upgrade. Hopefully this will be relatively painless. --Me at work 13:00, 24 Mar 2005 (PST)
See bug 287722 --Justdave 03:43, 27 Mar 2005 (PST)
upgraded to 1.4.2
The default background color needs to be set to white, because the page doesn't look good if a user's default bg color is not white (bug 286939) --Biesi 06:48, 20 Mar 2005 (PST)

MediaWiki 1.9 and missing edit toolbar

I've recently upgraded to MediaWiki 1.9 from 1.8, which was relatively painless until I discovered that the editing toolbar is missing when using the Cavendish skin (it shows up with Monobook, Simple, etc.). Anyone experience similar issues? Bsmith 08:54, 23 January 2007 (PST)

Same issue as above, would love get the edit toolbar back Tutmeister 14:32, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.15 update?

I noticed the CVS hasn't been updated since Apr 2005, is it still current?

This installation is running MediaWiki 1.15 (branch current as of 2009-12-29).

Trying to use the Cavendish theme on a new MediaWiki installation gives this error on the sidebar:

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /www/wiki/skins/Cavendish.php on line 116

Is there an update this site is using that hasn't made it into the repository?

Qualtagh 20:46, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Cavendish for MediaWiki 1.19

I've created an updated version of the Cavendish skin: Cavendish-MW (GitHub). --Figure002 11:02, 14 January 2013 (PST)