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ConferWeb "Markers"

ConferWeb tags and comments:ConferWeb looks for or recognizes a number of HTML-like "tags" which you may place in template files or the Index file in order to mark where text from a user posting should be placed (& etc). Some of these tags ("markers") become a permanent part of the HTML which is served on your site, and are set up as HTML comments. Others are used only while ConferWeb is turning a template file into a new topic thread, reference link, etc. These are set off by the traditional greater-than and less-than signs, but are not generally served and are not laid out as comments.

Insertion point markers

One of the two markers shown below must exist in the discussion Index file, in any NewItem.tmpl file, and in any Guestbook file.

    <!--DIVIDE_HERE-->
    The insertion point for responses. New topics and responses will be placed ABOVE this comment, so that the file will read top-to-bottom over time, with more recent entries at the bottom of the page.

    <!--DIVIDE_BELOW-->
    The insertion point for responses. New topics and responses will be placed BELOW this comment, so that the file will read bottom-to-top over time, with most recent entries at the top of the page.

Document subdivision markers

These tags provide the structural subdivision information required by ConferWeb during culling (editing) operations. They are not necessary if administrative editing will not be used, but are required if it will be.

<!--CW_TOP-->
This tag marks the beginning of the editable portion of the page. HTML occuring before this tag will not be deleted by ConferWeb during an Administrative operation.

<!--CW_RESPONSE-->
This marker is usually found in the ref_link.tmpl and response.tmpl template files and marks the beginning of each posting or thread link. ConferWeb "culling" (deletion of a posting) always spans from the beginning of one RESPONSE marker to the beginning of the next (or between the last RESPONSE marker and the EOP marker).
<!--CW_EOP-->
This marker marks the end of the editable portion of the page. HTML occuring after this tag will not be deleted by ConferWeb during an Administrative operation.

Miscellaneous Markers

These tags work together with substitution tags to link Thread files back to their index file, and indicate where in the index to perform updates as the forum evolves.

<!--CW_MODDATE-->
This tag is usually used in ref_link.tmpl files. It must occur in pairs, and must follow the anchor link (the regular HREF tag) for the Thread with which it is associated. Any text occuring between the pair of MODDATE tags will be replaced with the current date string the next time the related Thread is updated.
<!--CW_NPOSTS-->
This tag is usually used in ref_link.tmpl files. It must occur in pairs, and must follow the anchor link (the regular HREF tag) for the Thread with which it is associated. Any text occuring between the pair of NPOSTS tags will be replaced with the number of posts on the thread the next time the related Thread is updated.
<!--CW_LAST-->
This tag is usually used in ref_link.tmpl files. It must occur in pairs, and must follow the anchor link (the regular HREF tag) for the Thread with which it is associated. Any text occuring between the pair of LAST tags will be replaced with the Username string the next time the related Thread is updated.
<!--CW_OWNER=file-->
This tag occurs in Thread files and gives the name of the Index file which "owns" the thread. The OWNER tag is required if you wish to implement the "Last Updated" features for Index files. Combined with the <Confer_Back> substitution tag, it facilitates moving template files between forums by removing explicit path information.
<!--CW_SUBSCRIBERS=list-->
This tag may occur in Thread files as well as Index files. It specifies (1) a list of complete email addresses (comma separated) to whom copies of any postings are sent, or [in ConferWeb 3.4+] (2) the name of a file (in the forum folder) containing a list of email addresses (one per line). Subscription makes it easier for a administrator to monitor a number of conferences without the tedium of manually checking them for new postings, and it facilitates passive participation in forums.

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