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Include - Basic
Understanding Include Statements

Many people find include files very confusing, as I once did when I started learning ASP. To start out understanding this concept, really the only things you need to understand are general file/folder structure and the fact that, when IIS (the web server that comes and is most often used with NT) is installed, by default, it installs it, in a structure resembling the following :
Drive Letter :\inetpub\wwwroot. This is the 'Web Root' of your web site.

An include file must have a relative path - you must list it as a path relative to where its parent ASP document is. If it is in the same directory -

	
<!-- #include file="security.inc" --> 
	
If it is in the security folder beneath that directory -
	
<!-- #include file="security/security.inc" --> 
	
If it is in a folder above it -
	
<!-- #include file="../security.inc" --> 
	
(and yes, I've used this and it works)

Otherwise - use Include Virtual - it works from the Web Root, so if your ASP is in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\user\project\security.inc, you start from the Web Root, which is Inetpub\wwwroot -

	
<!-- #include virtual="/user/project/security.inc" -->
	
This should clear things up a little bit, I hope. By the way - there is an easy 'Include File Assistant' which has been a native feature in ASP Express since it's inception. Click here to find out more about ASP Express.

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