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Chapter 7. Exploring Templates

Chapter 7. Exploring Templates

Macromedia Contribute and templates were made for each other—literally. A basic concept of Contribute—to allow nontechnical users to supply content to a page—works best when templates are used. With templates, content is added to specific areas; whereas other page elements, such as navigation and overall design, are protected from modification. Moreover, advanced template features such as optional regions come into their own only when applied in Contribute.

Templates also represent the interdependent nature of the Macromedia Dreamweaver designer and the Contribute user. Templates can be created only in Web-authoring programs such as Dreamweaver, in which you have total control of the code: You cannot craft a template in Contribute. You can, however, create new pages from templates in Contribute; such pages are known as child pages or dependent pages. The dependency of these pages on their originating template is another boon to the Dreamweaver designer. Any changes that need to be made to the overall structure of the documents, such as adding a new navigation button, are applied to the template in Dreamweaver and propagated to the child pages without affecting the Contribute-added content.


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