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Bare bones versions of skins
What does "bare bones" mean?
There is the example skin. Does that suit your needs ?
I mean something like the Wikimedia Dumps page - it's just a HTML page. Do the other skins have anything similar with all the MediaWiki/PHP elements removed?
No, that page was handcrafted to look like the old monobook skin, but we don't bundle that anywhere, nor do it for other skins.
But then where is the code/CSS to make the skins to look the way they do?
All code for any skin can be found https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki-skins
Note however that MediaWiki has an internal post processor, that does things like less compilation, directionality flipping and many more things. If you want the 'composed' version of skins, just use a web inspector and inspect the requests an installation makes.