::Template (file format)
The term document template when used in the context of file format refers to a common feature of many software applications that define a unique non-executable file format intended specifically for that particular application.
Template file formats are those whose file extension indicates that the file type is intended as a very high starting point from which to create other files.
These types of files are usually indicated on the File menu of the application:
File -> Save As ... -> Document (for printing or emailing, etc.) File -> Save As ... -> Template (for specifying future documents)
For example, the word processing application Microsoft Word uses different file extensions for documents and templates: In Microsoft Word 2003 the file extension
.dot is used to indicate a template, in Microsoft Word 2007
.dotx (in contrast to
.docx for a standard document).
In Adobe Dreamweaver the file extension
.dwt is used to indicate a template.
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