Export templates are stored as a specialised from of Tinderbox note.
A note's availability as a template is stored in attribute $IsTemplate. An easy way to set this is via the document's Properties Inspector Prototype sub-tab has a check-box, Template. If this is checked, $IsTemplate is set to
Template notes appear in selection menus by their complete path. For example, if the template Book Template is a note inside the root-level container named "Templates", it appears in the menu as
and would be used in code thus:
If a note's name (or path/name) is identical to the name of a template file, the note template will be used rather than the file.
Although a note anywhere in the document can be template (and may be in some long-lived TBXs), currently it is strongly advised to use the default location
/Templates. As the latter is not created by default (as not everyone uses/needs export) the easiest way to make this is to use File menu ▸ Templates and select any of the built-in templates. This creates the
/Templates folder and other configuration setting (e.g an OnAdd making all new child notes a template, etc. You can always delete the built-in template used to create the container if not wanted.
As Tinderbox does not require $Name to be unique, it is possible to have other containers' called 'Templates'. But, if using the default root-level container for storing templates, avoid creating a same-named container that document root. Or, if such a duplicate is needed, ensure the container holding the templates is listed first by outline order ($OutlineOrder). Why? Because when resolving a duplicate $Name or $Path—in action code reference, agent queries/Finds, etc.—Tinderbox always uses the first match by outline order.
Template notes (that use the 'HTML' built-in prototype) are configured to use settings like a monospace $TextFont and disabling smart quotes, and more.