in the index.tpl file which i access as http://localhost i am able to add the doctype and other tags

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />


vale of smarty variable is {$var1}


all this works fine however when i add a link tag to call a css file as
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" type="text/css" />
the code for css is
* {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
body {
font: normal 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
margin: 0;
padding: 0;

this css style is not being applied to the index.tpl when i access the page as http://localhost

how can i call the css file from index.tpl

also if i am using a jquery plugin i need to use a script tag to call the javascript files, how do i call these javascript file from index.tpl file

please advice.