honestly , i took a glance at it but i am intimidated by the xml files. i keep reading the wiki over and over but still i am unable to go over the hump to turn a full webdesign conversion to magentocommerce.
i think we need some more details regarding to how the block/layout system works.
good news is… its completely and unregrettably possible. I was a little intimidated at first too, not just by the xml but the whole framework at first. But honestly, just take some time and go at it. Head first. Ears pinned back. You’ll get the hang of it as you roll through the .phtml files. And if you have a pre-existing design, your kinda halfway there.. no need to re-define css styles and layout ideas. Cool?