So I was asked by a partner of mine to help them create a minimal.master page for WSS. No problems, I've done that lots of times, search on http://www.live.com on "minimal.master" and you'll find the process is well documented here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa660698.aspx

Or so I thought… Turns out that description is only valid for MOSS. Darn! Ok, a few searches later and I came up with these two pages:

http://www.sharepointblogs.com/tigirry/archive/2007/07/03/custom-site-definition-with-custom-master-page-for-sharepoint-portal-server-2007-moss-2007-and-wss-3-0.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/cjohnson/archive/2006/09/22/765352.aspx (the secret is in the comments)

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