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Migrating Dreamweaver .dwt to Expression
Can Expression understand editable regions defined in Dreamweaver?
blair_one




msg:3549161
 11:05 pm on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Can Expression understand editable regions defined in Dreamweaver?

I can't use the 'menu > format > dynamic web templates' menu option in Express trial version for some reason.

I have a site using .dwt file authored in DW. I know FP 2003 can't understand editable regions defined in DW. Can Expression?

Thanks in advance.

 

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3549471
 8:43 am on Jan 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am not sure but I would doubt it. As I understand it DWT files are exclusive to Dreamweaver so I cannot see MS building in compatibility with these.

ectect




msg:3549522
 9:57 am on Jan 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

You can indeed use dwt files created in Dreamweaver within Expression Web and they will respect the editable regions.

Make sure in Expression Web you go to Site > Site Settings and check the box for Manage the web using hidden metadata files or the dwt file will not update pages that are attached to the main template.

Library files (.lbi) will not be recognized.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:3549574
 11:48 am on Jan 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

That's interesting and I stand corrected. There was thread a while back requesting opinions on Expression Web v DW but few people responded.

Do you use it and if so how does it compare?

ectect




msg:3549575
 12:03 pm on Jan 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't really use Expression Web other than for setting up templates and really as long as you have the box ticked for hidden metadata and agreeing to have "information added to the folder to help manage links etc" then you're ready to go.

I've always used Dreamweaver and haven't seen anything in EW that would make me want to swap. Having said that EW appears to be a fine program and has finally eradicated dubious Frontpage features like shared borders and hover buttons it seems. For people with a background in Frontpage it certainly appears to be a step up, and if the truth be told is remarkably similar to DW in many ways now.

blair_one




msg:3550061
 8:29 pm on Jan 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

@ectect: So in DW it uses slightly different code to define editable regions. Does EWD understand these? In FP it tells me there are no editable regions in a .dwt file created in DW.

Please just confirm that for me if you can. Then I can tell my manager what to spend our money on :) Ta.

ectect




msg:3550380
 7:50 am on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

No. the code is the same as far as I know eg

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