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    One site, two page types, using DWT, Layout CSS, Design CSS... ~ BIG QUESTION ~

    Greetings:

    As a new designer with no formal training who is just trying his best to fill the requirements and meet a deadline, I have run into an interesting, albeit frustrating fork in the road.

    I'd like some advice on what I'm about to explain.

    Project:
    Build company website, somewhere around 34 pages

    Environment:
    Microsoft Expression Web (I should be receiving the full version today)

    Problem:

    We wish to utilize 2 layouts.

    1. Home page layout with widescreen image spanning the width of the page

    2. All other pages which will utilize a vertical menu on the left side.


    REGARDING CSS:
    I have elected to utilize CSS and have tried to be as strict as possible. Presently I have two CSS documents, one called layout and one which features all entity properties, margins, colors, styles, etc...

    First of all, the double CSS setup came from the fact that the page started life as an Expression template. Almost no original code remains, however.

    QUESTION:
    Is the double CSS scheme commonplace? What are its advantages?

    REGARDING DWT (DYNAMIC WEB TEMPLATE) FILE(S):
    Presently I have one DWT file created, and it is for the home page.

    QUESTION:
    Should I utilize more than one DWT file? The content pages will vary in size, and each page will have a dimensionally unique image on it. The number and names of left side navigation buttons will also vary.

    ...

    QUESTION:
    The main content area is presently occupied by layer 3, which contains all other layers. Let's say that the front page layout utilizes layer 3 through 10. Could I create layers 11 through 18, place them in layer three, and have them referenced only in the content page html? Ahh, crap, does that mean I will need another DWT file?

    /confused.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Screenshot of home page layout

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    use a template and css for home page and separate template and css for rest


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