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What are the best practices for creating MasterPage in WSS 3?

I tried numerous times to create, but on publish several problems occur.

Does anyone have a useful example for this? For example the transformation of the masterpage attached here to a WSS masterpage.


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr">
 
<head>
	<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"/>
	<meta name="description" content=""/>
	<meta name="keywords" content="" />
	<meta name="author" content="" />
	<title>THEME</title>
 
<style> 
 
/* 
   Reset
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
html, body, div, span, object, iframe, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre, a, abbr, acronym, address, code, del, dfn, em, img, q, dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li, fieldset, form, label, legend, table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td, textarea, input, select {margin: 0; padding: 0; border: 0; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 100%; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;}
table {border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0;}
caption, th, td {text-align: left; font-weight: normal;}
table, td, th {vertical-align: middle;}
blockquote:before, blockquote:after, q:before, q:after {content: "";}
blockquote, q {quotes: "" "";}
a img {border: none;}
:focus {outline: 0;}
 
 
/* 
   General 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
html {
	height: 100%;
	padding-bottom: 1px; /* force scrollbars */
}
 
body {
	background: #797E84
	color: #444;
	font: normal 80% sans-serif;
	line-height: 1.5;
}
 
 
/* 
   Typography 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
/* Headings */
 
h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6 {
	color: #555;
	font-weight: normal;
	line-height: 1;
	margin-bottom: 0.3em;
}
h4,h5,h6 {font-weight: bold;}
 
h1 {font-size: 2.6em;}
h2 {font-size: 2em;}
h3 {font-size: 1.5em;}
h4 {font-size: 1.25em;}
h5 {font-size: 1.1em;}
h6 {font-size: 1em;}
 
h1 img, h2 img, h3 img, h4 img, h5 img, h6 img {margin: 0;}
 
 
/* Text elements */
 
p {margin-bottom: 1em;}
 
a:focus,a:hover {color: #000;}
a {
	color: #357;
	text-decoration: underline;
}
 
abbr, acronym {border-bottom: 1px dotted #666;}
address {margin-bottom: 1.5em;}
blockquote {margin: 1.5em;}
del, blockquote {color: #666;}
em, dfn, blockquote, address {font-style: italic;}
strong, dfn {font-weight: bold;}
sup, sub {line-height: 0;}
 
pre {
	margin: 1.5em 0;
	white-space: pre;
}
pre,code,tt {
	font: 1em monospace;
	line-height: 1.5;
}
 
 
/* Lists */
 
li ul, li ol {margin-left: 1.5em;}
ul, ol {margin: 0 1.5em 1.5em 1.5em;}
 
ul {list-style-type: disc;}
ol {list-style-type: decimal;}
 
dl {margin: 0 0 1.5em 0;}
dl dt {font-weight: bold;}
dd {margin-left: 1.5em;}
 
ul.tabbed {
	display: inline;
	margin: 0;
}
ul.tabbed li {
	float: left;
	list-style: none;
	margin: 0;
}
 
 
/* Tables */
 
table {
	margin-bottom: 1.4em;
	width: 100%;
}
th {font-weight: bold;}
thead th {background: #C3D9FF;}
th,td,caption {padding: 4px 10px 4px 5px;}
tr.even td {background: #F2F6FA;}
tfoot {font-style: italic;}
caption {background: #EEE;}
 
table.data_table {
	border: 1px solid #CCB;
	margin-bottom: 2em;
	width: 100%;
}
table.data_table th {
	background: #E5E5E5;
	border: 1px solid #D5D5D5;
	color: #555;
	text-align: left;
}
table.data_table tr {border-bottom: 1px solid #DDD;}
table.data_table td, table th {padding: 10px;}
table.data_table td {
	background: #F0F0F0;
	border: 1px solid #E0E0E0;
}
table.data_table tr.even td {background: #F5F5F5;}
 
 
/* Misc classes */
 
.small {font-size: 0.9em;}
.smaller {font-size: 0.8em;}
.smallest {font-size: 0.7em;}
 
.large {font-size: 1.1em;}
.larger {font-size: 1.2em;}
.largest {font-size: 1.3em;}
 
.hidden {display: none;}
 
.quiet {color: #666;}
.loud {color: #000;}
.highlight {background: #FF0;}
 
.text_left {text-align: left;}
.text_right {text-align: right;}
.text_center {text-align: center;}
 
.error, .notice, .success {
	font-size: 1.1em;
	border: 1px solid #DDD;
	margin-bottom: 1em;
	padding: 0.6em 0.8em;
}
 
.error {
	background: #FBE3E4;
	border-color: #FBC2C4;
	color: #8A1F11;
}
.error a {color: #8A1F11;}
 
.notice {
	background: #FFF6BF;
	border-color: #FFD324;
	color: #514721; 
}
.notice a {color: #514721;}
 
.success {
	background: #E6EFC2;
	border-color: #C6D880;
	color: #264409;
}
.success a {color: #264409;}
 
 
/* 
   Forms 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
label {
	cursor: pointer;
	font-weight: bold;
}
fieldset {border: 1px solid #CCC;}
legend {
	font-size: 1.2em;
	font-weight: bold;
}
textarea {overflow: auto;}
input.text, textarea, select {
	background: #FCFCFC;
	border: 1px inset #AAA;
	padding: 4px 5px;
}
input.text:focus, textarea:focus, select:focus {background: #FFFFF5;}
 
input.button {
	background: #F9F9F3;
	border: 1px outset #AAA;
	padding: 4px 5px;
}
input.button:active {border-style: inset;}
 
 
.form_row {
	background: #F5F5F5;
	border-top: 1px solid #FFF;
	border-bottom: 1px solid #E1E1E1;
	padding: 10px 0;
}
.form_required {font-weight: bold;}
.form_row_submit, .legend {
	background: #E5E5E5;
	border-bottom: 1px solid #CCC;
	border-top: 1px solid #FAFAFA;
	padding: 4px 0 8px;
}
.legend {
	border-bottom: 1px solid #CCC;
	padding: 8px 18px 6px;
	font-size: 1.4em;
}
.form_property, .form_value {float: left;}
.form_property {
	text-align: right;
	width: 110px;
}
.form_value {padding-left: 24px;}
.form_row_submit .form_value {padding-left: 132px;}
 
 
/* 
   Alignment 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
/* General */
 
.center,.aligncenter {
	display: block;
	margin-left: auto;
	margin-right: auto;
}
 
 
/* Images */
 
img.bordered,img.alignleft,img.alignright,img.aligncenter {
	background-color: #FFF;
	border: 1px solid #DDD;
	padding: 3px;
}
img.alignleft, img.left {margin: 0 1.5em 1em 0;}
img.alignright, img.right {margin: 0 0 1em 1.5em;}
 
 
/* Floats */   
 
.left,.alignleft {float: left;}
.right,.alignright {float: right;}
 
.clear,.clearer {clear: both;}
.clearer {
	display: block;
	font-size: 0;
	line-height: 0;	
}
 
 
/* 
   Separators 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
.content_separator, .archive_separator {
	background: #D5D5D5;
	clear: both;
	color: #FFE;
	display: block;
	font-size: 0;
	height: 1px;
	line-height: 0;
	margin: 12px 0 24px;
}
.archive_separator {margin: 0 0 14px;}
 
 
/* 
   Posts 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
.post {margin-bottom: 24px;}
 
.post_title a,.post_meta a, .post_date a {text-decoration: none;}
.post_title a:hover,.post_meta a:hover, .post_date a:hover {text-decoration: underline;}
 
.post_date {
	border-top: 1px solid #D5D5D5;
	color: #777;
	font-size: 0.9em;
	padding: 8px 0 12px;
}
.post_date a {color: #444;}
 
.post_meta {
	background: #E7E7E7;
	border: 1px solid #D7D7D7;
	color: #777;
	font-size: 0.9em;
	padding: 6px 10px;
}
.post_meta a {color: #345; }
.post_meta a:hover {color: #001;}
 
/* Archives */
.archive_pagination {margin-bottom: 1.6em;}
.archive_post {margin-bottom: 14px;}
.archive_post_title {padding-top: 3px;}
.archive_post_date {
	background: #FAFAFA;
	border-bottom: 1px solid #C5C5C5;
	border-right: 1px solid #CFCFCF;
	float: left;
	margin-right: 12px;
	padding: 2px 0 5px;
	text-align: center;
	width: 46px;
}
.archive_post .post_date {
	border: none;
	padding: 3px 0 0;
}
.archive_post_day {font: normal 1.6em Georgia,serif;}
 
 
/* 
   Thumbnails
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
.thumbnails {margin: 0 0 1em -8px;}
.thumbnails a.thumb {	
	background: #D5D5D5;
	display: block;
	float: left;
	margin: 0 0 8px 8px;
	padding: 3px;
}
.thumbnails a.thumb:hover {background: #C0C0C0;}
.thumbnails .thumb img {display: block;}
 
 
/* 
   Box
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
.box {margin-bottom: 0.6em;}
.box_title {
	background: #D2D5D8;
	border-bottom: 1px solid #C6C9CB;
	color: #70767A;
	font: bold 1.3em sans-serif;
	padding: 7px 10px 6px;
}
.box_content {padding: 8px 0 8px;}
.box li:first-child {border-top: none;}
 
 
/* 
   Comments 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
div.comment_list {
	border-top: 1px solid #D6D6D6; 
	margin: 1em 0 2em;
}
 
.comment {
	border-bottom: 1px solid #D6D6D6;
	padding-top: 10px;
}
.comment_date {font-size: 0.9em;}
.comment_date a {
	color: #567;
	text-decoration: none;
}
.comment_date a:hover {
	color: #001;
	text-decoration: underline;
}
.comment_body {padding-top: 4px;}
 
.comment_gravatar {width: 48px;}
.comment_gravatar img {
	background: #FFF;
	border: 1px solid #DDD;
	padding: 2px;
}
 
 
/* 
   Layout 
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
/* General wrappers */
 
#layout_wrapper {
	
	padding-bottom: 16px;
}
#layout_wrapper2 {
	
	padding-top: 90px;
}
#layout_wrapper3 {
	background: #FFF;
	margin: 0 auto;
	width: 992px;	
}
#layout_wrapper4 {padding: 6px;}
 
 
/* Header */
 
#header_wrapper {
	height: 150px;
	background-color: #222;
	background-repeat: repeat-x;
}
#header {padding: 48px 48px 0 48px;}
 
#site_title h1 {
	color: #A0C3D0;
	font-size: 2.5em;
}
#site_title h1 a {
	color: #A0C3D0;
	text-decoration: none;
}
#site_title h1 a:hover {color: #DDD;}
#site_title h2 {
	color: #999;
	font-size: 1.3em;
}
 
 
/* Navigation */
 
#navigation {
	margin-bottom: 3px;
	padding-top: 4px;
}
#navigation a {
	color: #E0E6EA;
	display: block;
	font-weight: bold;
	text-decoration: none;
}
#navigation a:hover {color: #F0F6FA;}
 
/* Main navigation */
#nav li {border-right: 1px solid #54646C;}
#nav a {
	font-size: 1.3em;
	padding: 10px 16px;
}
#nav a:hover {background: #5E6D75;}
#nav li.current_page_item a {
	background: #6E7D85;
	color: #FFF;
}
 
/* Sub-navigation */
#subnav {
	border-top: 1px solid #555A5F;
	background: #60656A;
}
#subnav li {border-right: 1px solid #50555A;}
#subnav a {
	font-size: 1.1em;
	padding: 9px 12px;
}
#subnav a:hover {background: #555A5F;}
 
 
/* Main */
 
#main_wrapper {
 
	border-bottom: 1px solid #C3C4C1;
	margin-bottom: 3px;
}
#main {
 
	padding: 24px 0;
}
#content_wrapper {width: 690px;}
#content {padding: 0 20px;}
 
 
/* Sidebar */
 
#sidebar_wrapper {width: 290px;}
#sidebar {padding: 0 18px;}
 
 
/* Dashboard */
 
#dashboard_wrapper {}
#dashboard {
 
	border: 1px solid #ACAFB0;
	color: #404448;
	margin-bottom: 3px;
	padding: 16px;
}
 
#dashboard .col3 {width: 288px;}
#dashboard .col3mid {width: 370px;}
#dashboard .col3mid .col3_content {
	border-left: 1px solid #B0B4B8;
	border-right: 1px solid #B0B4B8;
	margin: 0 20px;
	padding: 0 20px;
}
#dashboard .col_title {
	color: #606669;
	font-size: 1.5em;
}
 
#dashboard ul {margin: 0;}
#dashboard li {
	border-bottom: 1px solid #BABEBF;
	list-style: none;
	padding: 5px 0;
}
#dashboard li a {
	color: #404448;
	text-decoration: none;
}
#dashboard li a:hover {
	color: #202428;
	text-decoration: underline;
}
 
 
/* Footer */
 
#footer {	
	background: #DDD;
	border: 1px solid #CCC;
	padding: 8px 12px;
}
#footer .right, #footer .right a {
	color: #777;
	text-decoration: none;
}
#footer .right a:hover {
	color: #223;
	text-decoration: underline;
}
 
/* 
   Single line IE-fix
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
* html #main, * html #dashboard {height: 0.01%; min-height: 0.01%;}
 
 
/* 
   Misc overriding classes
------------------------------------------------------------------- */
 
/* Border */
 
.noborder {border: 0;}
.notborder {border-top: 0;}
.norborder {border-right: 0;}
.nobborder {border-bottom: 0;}
.nolborder {border-left: 0;}
 
/* Margin */
 
.nomargin {margin: 0;}
.notmargin {margin-top: 0;}
.normargin {margin-right: 0;}
.nobmargin {margin-bottom: 0;}
.nolmargin {margin-left: 0;}
 
/* Padding */
 
.nopadding {padding: 0;}
.notpadding {padding-top: 0;}
.norpadding {padding-right: 0;}
.nobpadding {padding-bottom: 0;}
.nolpadding {padding-left: 0;}
 
</style>
 
</head>
 
<body id="top">
 
<div id="layout_wrapper">
<div id="layout_wrapper2">
<div id="layout_wrapper3">
<div id="layout_wrapper4">
 
	<div id="header_wrapper">
		<div id="header">
		
			<div id="site_title">
				<h1>Finibus Bonorum et Malorum</h1>
				<h2>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet</h2>
			</div>
 
		</div>
	</div>
 
	<div id="navigation">
	  <div id="subnav">
 
			<ul class="tabbed">
				<li class="current_page_item"><a href="#">ITEM 1  </a></li>
				<li><a href="#">ITEM 2 </a></li>
				<li><a href="#">ITEM 3 </a></li>
				<li><a href="#">ITEM 4 </a></li>
			</ul>
 
			<div class="clearer">&nbsp;</div>
 
		</div>
 
	</div>
 
	<div id="main_wrapper">
		<div id="main">
 
			<div class="left" id="content_wrapper">
				<div id="content">
 
					<div class="post">
 
						<div class="post_title">
						  <h2>&nbsp;</h2>
						</div>
						<div class="post_date"></div>
						
						<div class="post_body">
						
							<p>&nbsp;</p>
							
					  </div>
						
						<div class="post_meta"></div>
 
					</div>
 
			  </div>
			</div>
 
			<div class="right" id="sidebar_wrapper">
				<div id="sidebar">
 
					<div class="box">
 
						<div class="box_title"></div>
 
					  <div class="box_content"></div>
 
					</div>
 
			  </div>
			</div>
 
			<div class="clearer">&nbsp;</div>
 
		</div>
	</div>
 
	<div id="dashboard_outer">
		<div id="dashboard">
		  <div class="clearer">&nbsp;</div>
 
		</div>
	</div>
 
	<div id="footer">
	  <div class="clearer">&nbsp;</div>
 
	</div>
 
</div>
</div>
</div>
</div>
 
</body>
</html>

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Commented:

Hi,

Please use SharePoint minimal master as the starting point for building SharePoint masterpages. It is the sample master page with minimum tags.

Refer below articles for references -

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727372(office.12).aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb684920(office.12).aspx

Cheers ....
Rajendra Shekhawat
Minesh ShahSharePoint & all about it
Commented:
Friend, seems you have taken more efforts than actually required..still not meeting what you wanted,
Why not you start with aspx in Pages Library called: Default or Default.Master Page in  /_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx.
This is the way every SP Dev.er comes in.

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Commented:
Thx!