Skin inheritance helps you reuse design patterns between skins. By setting up inheritance relations between skins, you can adopt a tiered approach to styling that reduces development effort on similar applications.
When you define a skin as a parent, you make all mixins, formats, and style sheets included in that skin available for use in the dependent skin. If you modify a format in the parent skin, the change cascades automatically to the dependent skins. This process is useful for designing skins for related applications that have the same general look and feel, but need to be distinct from one another on a more detailed level.
You can add inheritance to both new and existing skins. For more information, see Adding inheritance to an existing skin.
- Adding inheritance to an existing skin
Share design patterns between skins by using inheritance. When you define a parent for your skin, all the parent style formats, mixins, and CSS style sheets become available to the dependent skin, with changes to the parent cascading automatically to the dependent.
- Overriding disabled screen layout formats
Define which screen layout styles your application can use by overriding disabled formats in the skin. Some inherited style formats for screen layouts are disabled by default to improve loading time. If you decide to use one of the disabled screen layouts in your application, you can override the default setting.