4.3. File Naming Conventions
In order for your files to
traverse the network successfully, you must name them in accordance
with established file naming conventions:
in filenames. Although this is perfectly acceptable for local files
on a Macintosh or Windows machine, character spaces are not
recognized by other systems. It is common to use an underscore
character to visually separate words within filenames, such as
Avoid special characters, such as ?, %, #, /, :, etc., in filenames.
It is best to limit filenames to letters, numbers, underscores (in
place of character spaces), hyphens, and periods.
suffixes. HTML documents require the
suffix .html (or .htm if
on a Windows server). GIF graphic files take the suffix
.gif, and JPEGs should be named
.jpg or .jpeg. If your
files do not have the correct suffix, the browser may not recognize
them as web-based files. Suffixes for a large number of common file
types are listed later in this chapter.
Filenames are case-sensitive. Consistently using all lowercase
letters in filenames, while certainly not necessary, may make them
easier to remember.
Keep filenames as short as possible. They add to the size of the file
(and they can be a nuisance to remember!).
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