Dynamic Web Template Interchange Guidelines

Promoting Standards for Ease of Interchangeable DWTs

DWT (Dynamic Web Template) Standards for Microsoft FrontPage 2003 and DreamWeaver MX

File Structure

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Main DWT Folder

All files associated with the DWT design will be built within a folder having the name of the design followed by _dwt (such as "design_name_dwt"), allowing easy identification of the DWT by the end user for importing into the web and for future modifications or deletions.  The Main DWT Folder will contain:

  • One or more .dwt files packaged with the design.  Each .dwt file will begin with the "design_name" matching the folder name.
  • External style sheets (.css) if needed, supporting the design.
  • One readme.htm file, providing general and design specific instructions.
  • Optional:  one graphics file "screenshot" for each included .dwt file, depicting the appearance of a web page having the DWT attached.  Each graphics file will be named "previewdesign_name.jpg" or "previewdesign_name.gif", where "design_name" is the name of the specific DWT design being shown.

Additional DWT Folders

Subfolders may be built within the actual design_name_dwt/ folder, and at a minimum, will include a graphics/ or images/ folder containing all graphic files associated with the DWT design.  Additional folders may be made and named according to content, such as for applets, javascript, and flash.