I have not used library items in DW/CS3 but have in DW8 and CS4. What I have found is that after the library file is saved, all the affected (local) files are uipdated. if you sort the files in File View by date you will see the most recently written files at the bottom. (Click on the header of the column you want to sort. You may have to do a file refresh of local files first.
What exactly does the Library item contain?
Have you thought of changing the Library item to a Server Side Include instead?
Takes all the tedium out of updating by letting the server do the mundane work for you.
Create one text file (containing the current Library item code), add a single include statement in all website pages to include the text file. Upload. The entire website is then up-to-date.
To update all affected pages in future, you merely edit the one small text file (the Include), upload and you're done.
The library items contain footers, headers, and menu items/bars that I want to be consistant throughout the site.
Yeah, I'm all about php, SSI, etc,where I can, but I had a simple site that I wanted to throw together so I decided to utilize some of the features of DW. Then the site expanded larger. Guess that was a mistake as it's become more of a pain. DW bugs, crashes when looking through the cache.
Correct me if I am wrong, but if I don't have a testing server set up, and I use SSI, then the WYSWIG functions within DW are all but useless? The last time I used SSI in DW, it just placed a code designation in it's place rather than the graphical representation.
The contents of SSI show up in Designi View just like any other code except you can't edit it in code view - you have to manually open it up in another window to edit it. No need for a testing server. I use SSIs for mastheads, menus, footers and the like.
As I recall you can not include CSS formatting in a library item. Big negative. No problem with that and SSIs.