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Naming Files

File names may seem inconsequential, but because your files must be viewable on different platforms and in different browsers, the characters used in a file name are important.

Further, when you create Web sites that require many HTML, graphics, and other files, site organization, including how files are named and how they are grouped, is a key to efficient production and maintenance.

When naming HTML, PDF (Adobe Acrobat), MS Word and graphic files, consider these basic guidelines:

  • No special characters, such as question marks, back or forward slashes, at sign, pound sign, dollar sign etc.
  • Use .gif, .jpg, or .jpeg standard graphic file extension names. Extensions should not use uppercase characters.
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