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Old 10-16-07, 12:11 PM
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are there still rules for filenames?

We had a guy working for us for about 2 months who was right out of college (yet highly incapable) who insisted on naming files whatever he damn well pleased. I remember not too long ago that when dealing with different OS platforms and networks to keep filenames simple: Letters and numbers. Underscores if necessary. He was throwing in exclamation points, backslashes all kinds of stuff. Im wary about even using spaces.

Do modern applications/networks even care anymore?
Old 10-16-07, 01:07 PM
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If you're working outside of a Windows environment, I would also get rid of any weird Unicode characters (or foreign characters) and spaces. Just use underscores or hyphens.
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Ive worked on a mac for years but have always been careful to avoid those odd characters because I send files to lots of people. I didnt know if it has changed at all in the last few years.
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MacOS X ONLY excludes the use of the colon ( : ).
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If this is a corporate environment, consider putting together naming standards for your files. Quite possibly some already exist. It seems anal, but it makes file handling a lot easier.

I would exclude anything other than letter, numbers, and underscores personally.
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I deal with so many companies that there really isnt one way--other than making sure to use NO weird characters. It really bugged the hell out of me when this new guy decided to just name stuff "NewArt!*LARGE*fpo10/4/07.psd7"

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