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

General Standards
Editable Regions
DWTIG Consortium
DWTIG Terminology
Building a DWT
File Structure
The ReadMe File
Known Issues
Developer Notes
Social Integration







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.