We did a similar thing using XSL-Stylesheets as templates, which brings with it the additional advantage that compliled versions can be stored in the Application variables. To get around the problem of having to restart IIS everytime the templates changed we just wrote a small script that refreshed the Application variables. Another bonus is that you automatically abstract from the physically location of the files from the moment you load them into variables. Dominik -----Original Message----- From: Scott Dexter [mailto:sgd at ti3.com] Sent: 06 August 2001 16:53 To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: RE: [thelist] Application variables vs reading flat files > in memory (they aren't huge, maybe 5-10k). Would I be right in this > assumption, are application variables the way forward for me? > It sounds reasonable to me. What you could do is in your global.asa read in the templates from your flat files into the Application vars and use em from there. The downside depends on how often the templates change, because it will require restarting the website (so the Application_onStart fires again to load the templates) sgd --------------------------------------- For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !