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The Web Template Development Process
When modifying Siebel Web templates you typically work with the files stored on your local machine. After you have tested the changes locally, you copy them to the appropriate directory on the server to make them available to the Siebel Web Engine.
The typical development process for Siebel Web templates varies depending on whether the changes are simple or complex.
- Simple Web template modifications. For simple changes, such as moving the position of a control placeholder, it is easiest to make the changes to the Web templates in the Siebel Tools directory. Siebel Tools parses the file when you save it and identifies any syntax errors that may occur. Additionally, the Preview functionality displays the Web template and the objects that are mapped to it as they would be rendered in the user interface. For minor changes, it is easier to debug the files this way, rather than having to run the Mobile Web client and navigate to the applet where the changes would appear. After the change is verified using Siebel Tools, developers can manually copy the changed template into the Web template directory of their Siebel Mobile Web Client, launch the application, and do final testing.
NOTE: The modifications presented in this chapter are relatively simple. The tasks are written assuming that you are using this development process.
- Complex Web template development. For complex template development, such as creating new Web templates or significantly modifying the layout of existing templates, the process must include creating a prototype in HTML, translating the various parts of the template into SWE syntax, and then debugging as described in the previous paragraph.
For more information about SWE tags and syntax, read Siebel Developer's Reference.