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some new articles just made available on msdn office developer center on branding sharepoint...helpful information in assessing customization, the wheres, hows and impacts of doing some of the customization:
Branding sharepoint Portal Server Part 1 - understanding
Branding sharepoint Portal Server Part 2 - how to
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