This monobmo skin is about 20K, as oppose to a regular wiki page (without much text) that is around 100K (neither with many images). Template needs updating to Mediawiki v. 1.14.0.
- The normal page would be Yslow grade F, 120kB.
- Page Mediawiki access/Monobmo/Example (~ 20kB, YSlow grade B)
- Mirror: via mirror, Yslow grade A, 1kB.
The idea with the monobmo skin was to take the standard monobook skin, and create a low bandwidth version of it, for use in BMO scenarios (BMO = bandwidth management and optimisation), hence the name: monobmo. The monobmo skin should look similar to the monobook skin (so that the wiki has the familiar wikipedia layout), but at the same time should be lighter.
- Simplify the appearance slightly (remove css, and images), without changing the overall look too much.
- Ideally one would just do this for anonymous users (where settings of the wiki are such that anonymous users can't edit).
The monobmo skin is smaller, so it will work better than the monobook skin for desktop-based browsing under low bandwidth. However, the Monobmo skin (deliberately) doesn't change the wiki layout, so may not be suitable for browsing on small screen devices, such as mobile phones.
However, in principle we should be able to construct a similar layout (with similar size) using a mediawiki skin. The Mediawiki mirror layout also is also mobile friendly: There is a reduce menu structure, similar to the rendering of some of the mediawiki web applications, see Mediawiki/Mobile. A good starting point to create such a skin would be the chick skin, which is simple in itself, see below. Of course the mediawiki mirror also has the advantage that images can be turned off. To make mediawiki fully accessible, one would want the skin to be able to do this (or even have lower grade images), c.f. Opera Turbo.
The page is a YSlow B grade at 15KB (slightly smaller than the monobmo skin), but compared to this, the Mediawiki mirror page is still 1KB at YSlow grade A.
This skin is in use with the MobileSkin extension, c.f. Mediawiki access/Mobile/Skin for an example.