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How to update webbot include files

I have taken over support of a website developed with FrontPage. I use DreamWeaver. I need to make changes to an include file that is inserted into many web pages via webbot "Include". I made the changes to the include file. How do I get the new include file to be inserted in the pages?
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If it's the same file, won't it already be included?
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I would have expected that, but no. When I look at the source code of any page, I see the code of the previous include file is already there, not a link to the include file like I would expect with SHTML, etc.
To be clear:  Are you creating a whole new include or are you editing the existing one?

If you're working in Dreamweaver, make sure you're editing the live files.  I believe Dreamweaver will create a "staged" set of pages that need to be published.  You can try this: Make a copy of the extant include file, then use a text editor (notepad or some such) and edit the live include directly.  
I am trying to make changes to the current include file. I do not own/use FrontPage. The website was developed by a 3rd party we contracted with that used FrontPage.

I see the included code is embeded within two 'webot' tags. The ending tag has a checksum parameter. Do I have to acquire and use FrontPage to do this task for me? If not, how would I generate a new checksum? Is it required? Does it have to be valid?
I'd wager the webbot tag is there because Frontpage didn't understand the <include> syntax, unless there is a Frontpage component between the opening and closing tags.  It (the webbot tag) is probably not necessary at all for the page to work properly, but it shouldn't be interferring with anything either.

Is the include code syntactically correct (is it pointing to the proper file name, etc)?  If you intentionally "break" the include tag (by mistyping the name of the included file), is that change reflected when you view the page?
From what I've read, FrontPage incldues the include file at edit time, so the source, when uploaded to the server, already has the include file embedded within it. Without using FrontPage, how do I "re-embed" the changed code on the server?
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I'll give you the points for your effort. It never did work, but it's becoming such a resource drain I just copied the code into all the pages. The site is doomed for obsolence anyways, so I'm not wasting any more time on it.

Thanks.
Thanks, but I'm sorry we couldn't get it right for you.