SharePoint Branding Foundation – Core Files

Look and Feel Hierarchy

This is the design stack:

  1. Master Page Layout
  2. Theme
  3. Style Sheets

A good starting point is the SharePoint 2007 default settings after a clean install on Windows 2003 Server. There is an issue with the SID when having multiple installs on an OS. Next, develop the master page from Minimalist Page from MSDN site. Be sure to include the tilde-slash (~/) for all SharePoint namespace source references. This was a big “Gotcha” in the beginning. Create a Custom.CSS that will be used to override the Core.CSS.

MOSS 2007 Primary Style Sheets

When applying new master pages and style sheets to an existing site be sure to check that the Default Windows theme is selected.
Style location: /_layouts/1033/styles/
  • Help.CSS
  • Menu.CSS
  • SiteManagerCustomStyles.CSS
  • HtmlEditorCustomStyles.CSS
  • HtmlEditorTableFormat.CSS
  • datepicker.CSS
  • Ewrdefault.CSS
You’ll find these files on your WSS 3.0 server
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\1033\STYLES

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