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Major Schema Files

Schema files in Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint™ Services use Collaborative Application Markup Language (CAML) to define how data is displayed and how HTML is rendered. The following files are the major schema files for the purpose of customizing site and list definitions:

The following table describes other schema files that use CAML for data definition or HTML rendering, and specifies their locations within the Local_Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\60\TEMPLATE directory.

File name Location Description
STDVIEW.XML \1033\Site_Definition\XML Defines the base view used in a site definition when creating new views.

Warning  Do not modify the contents of this file. Doing so might break the site definition.

VIEWSTYLES.XML \1033\Site_Definition\XML Defines the styles for viewing list data that are available on the Create View page for the list.
BASE.XML \1033\XML Provides the schemas used in creating the Lists, Documents, and UserInfo tables in the database when a new site is provisioned.

Warning  Do not modify the contents of this file. Doing so might break the site definition.

DEADWEB.XML \1033\XML Defines the message that is sent to the owner of a site to confirm site usage or to warn that the site will be automatically deleted.
FLDTYPES.XML \1033\XML Used during site or list creation to define how field types are rendered in the different modes for viewing list data.

Warning  Do not modify the contents of this file. Doing so might break the site definition.

NotifItem.xml \1033\XML Defines the section that specifies the item that was changed in an e-mail alert about changes to a list or item.
NotifListHdr.xml \1033\XML Defines the section that specifies the name of the list in an e-mail alert about changes to a list or item.
NotifSiteFtr.xml \1033\XML Defines the footer section in an e-mail alert about changes to a list or item.
NotifSiteHdr.xml \1033\XML Defines the header section in an e-mail alert about changes to a list or item.
RGNLSTNG.XML \1033\XML Specifies the regional settings for currency, language, locale, and time zone.
htmltransinfo.xml \XML Contains mapping instructions for directing a request to the URL for handling a request when the client computer does not have Microsoft Office 2003 installed.

Warning  Files not located under a site definition folder (for example, STS or MPS) are global to a Windows SharePoint Services deployment on the front-end Web server and changing these files can affect the entire deployment. For more information, see Guidelines for Templates and Definitions.

For programming tasks that show how to customize the schema files, see Customizing Templates. For information about htmltransinfo.xml, see Programming with the Microsoft.HtmlTrans.Interface Namespace.

Always create a site definition as described in Creating a Site Definition from an Existing Site Definition rather than modify the originally installed schema files. For general information about customizing site and list definitions, see Introduction to Templates and Definitions.

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