Using Adobe Dreamweaver to color code modules, zend templates, & other file types

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Getting Dreamweaver to open template files

dreamweaver-preferencesAdobe Dreamweaver makes coding easier with it’s color coding and auto-complete features. I use the Zend Framework on many of my projects and I wanted to take advantage of features in Dreamweaver for my template files that have an extension of .tpl that are basically PHP files. Here’s how I added the file type to Dreamweaver.

  • Open Dreamweaver
  • Open Edit>Preferences
  • Select “File Types / Editor”
  • Add .tpl to items in “Open in Code View”
  • Click “OK”

Updating your Dreamweaver Extension File

Open Extensions.txt in the Configuration directory where you installed Dreamweaver. Adobe Dreamweaver default install directory is “/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Dreamweaver{version}/Configuration”.

Open Extensions.txt with your text editor (notepad). You should see a line towards the top of the files that ends in “:All Documents”. Update this to “,TPL:All Documents”. Note the extension is added in uppercase without a period. Now look for a line that ends with “:PHP Files”. Update this to “,TPL:PHP Files”. Save this file.

Updating your Dreamweaver Document Types

Open “Configuration\DocumentTypes\MMDocumentTypes.xml” in your text editor. Update the documenttype section with the id of “PHP_MySQL”. Add “tpl” to the winfileextension list. Add “tpl” to the macfileextension list. Save this file.

Zend Template files treated as PHP files in Dreamweaver

Open your template files (.tpl) in Adobe Dreamweaver. Now Dreamweaver will treat these files as PHP files and give you the proper color-coding & PHP auto-complete features.

Using this technique with Smarty, Drupal, Zend, & other file types

You can use these same steps to help Dreamweaver understand your other file types. I have other file type associated with PHP in Dreamweaver. I use .phtml files for a template engine and other special extensions for a wide variety of Content Management Systems.

Associating these file types with the right tools has improved my work flow and I hope it helps you. Please feel free to share your tips here.

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