2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2010 12:13 PM by GrnSpdr

    Archive Search - Naming Rules

    GrnSpdr Level 1

      I am looking for an old (c. 2000 or before) MM TechNote of John Dowdell's regarding best practices in creating file names for the web. - If this is still on the web, please post the link.


      Thank you!


        • 1. Re: Archive Search - Naming Rules
          370H55V Level 4

          I used to have that in a PDF. Can't for the life of me find it now.

          I took three basic rules from it though that I use to this day.

          1. Never use punctuations in a file for the web.
          2. Always use lowercase letters.
          3. Never put a space in a filename - always use a dash (-) or underscore (_) to separate words.


          Another good idea is the K.I.S.S. principle - keep file names as short as possible allowing them to still be understood.



          There are a lot of SEO factors in file naming that are relevant, but I don't remember reading that in Dowdell's guide.


          This is probably the closest to it out there now: http://sweatte.wordpress.com/syntax/programming-style-guide/

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          • 2. Re: Archive Search - Naming Rules
            GrnSpdr Level 1

            Thank you. - Yes, I've got the rules down but I wanted the documentation, it was done so well, for newbies from the MS world who are getting away w/using prose for file names.