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Adding CMS Tags Through Tag Libraries

Defining a page type has numerous benefits, including the ability to open and edit files with custom extensions. Perhaps the biggest plus, however, is defining custom tags to go with the custom page. As with page types, Dreamweaver has a multitiered support system that you can implement partially for quick coding of individual tags or completely for total integration. A key element of the Dreamweaver’s tag extension layer is the Tag Library feature, where you can define custom tags with or without custom attributes and complete with formatting options.

In truth, you don’t really need to do anything to use a custom tag in Dreamweaver. Nonstandard tags entered by hand are ignored, much as they would be in a browser. However, to my mind, the advantages to properly setting up custom code justify the time spent. Integrated code is easier to insert, modify, manipulate, and delete. Typographical errors are reduced to a minimum and flagged immediately. The learning curve for creating CMS-specific pages drops significantly.


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