Dynamic Web Template Interchange Guidelines

Promoting Standards for Ease of Interchangeable DWTs

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

DWTIG Terminology

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Below is a listing of terms used within this document, along with a definition of each.

DWT - Dynamic Web Template

Dynamic Web Template - A highly specialized template having editable and non-editable regions, which attaches to one or more web pages.  Web pages having an attached DWT are automatically updated when non-editable regions are revised on the DWT itself; page specific information is added on a page to page basis within editable regions.

DWTIG - Dynamic Web Template Interchange Guidelines, established by a consortium of web designers and developers in an effort to provide webmasters using third party DWTs the ability to cross over from one design to another with relative ease. 

Attach - Dynamic Web Templates are "attached" to web pages in FrontPage 2003.  The template itself is not "applied" to the page; it is the design of the DWT that is "applied" to the page by attaching the DWT.  Within FrontPage 2003, DWTs are attached by selecting Format, Dynamic Web Template, Attach Dynamic Web Template.

Detach - Detaching from a Dynamic Web Template causes the template itself to be "applied" to the page.  The page will assume all the characteristics and layout of the DWT, but will no longer contain non-editable regions and will no longer be updated automatically when changes are made to the actual DWT.  If you attach and then detach a DWT on a web page, the result is most comparable to templates provided with FrontPage 2000 and 2002.  Within FrontPage 2003, DWTs are detached by selecting Format, Dynamic Web Template, Detach from Dynamic Web Template.

Editable Region - Any area defined on a DWT which can be modified on a web page having the DWT attached.  Editable Regions are predefined by DWTIG.

Non-editable Region - Everything on the page not specifically defined as an Editable Region.  Non-editable regions will appear the same on all web pages having the DWT attached, and may be edited ONLY on the DWT itself.

Region Name - The specific wording used to define each Editable Region on the DWT.  The Region names are predefined by DWTIG.