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Dreamweaver in a Nutshell by Bruce A. Epstein, Heather Williamson

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Chapter 21. Displaying Third-Party Tags

Server-side processing technologies such as Active Server Pages (ASP), ColdFusion (CF), JavaServer Pages (JSP), and PHP insert non-HTML code into HTML documents and other standalone files. Dreamweaver uses third-party tag definition files to display these non-HTML tags. If using ASP, JSP, or ColdFusion, consider using Dreamweaver UltraDev, which offers a simplified interface for creating server-side scripts. (Future versions of UltraDev will probably offer support for PHP.)

Third-Party Tag Files

The Dreamweaver4/Configuration/ThirdPartyTags folder contains the tag definition files that support ASP, JSP, ColdFusion and PHP tags. (This folder also contains GIF images used as placeholder icons for third-party tags.) The tag definition files are in XML format and can be modified to enhance Dreamweaver’s recognition of server-side language tags.

If you are using a server-side language not supported by Dreamweaver, you can create additional tag files that tell Dreamweaver how to read and display third-party tags. (If creating a new tag definition file, give it an .xml extension and place it in the ThirdPartyTag folder.) After creating or updating a tag definition file, restart Dreamweaver to load the new tag definitions. To prevent Dreamweaver from rewriting code in external files, add the third-party script’s file extension to the “Never Rewrite Code in File with Extensions” field under Edit Preferences Code Rewriting. See Section 18.4 in ...

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