1. Use Consistent Naming Conventions
Have you ever tried to look through someone
else's filing cabinet for information? Maybe a teacher asked you to find the handouts for
a lesson on the Chinese History and you find them under "A" for
The way some people save their files on their
computer can be even more confusing. Think what problems might arise if everyone started
dumping their files in the same folder without agreeing on a naming convention. Files
could be lost, or even worse, copied over.
Your project team should agree early on how
it will name its files, and where they will be located.
The following includes a checklist for using
consistent naming conventions:
- Adopt a convention which makes related files easier to find in a crowded
Web folder. Assign names to files that can be easily
found in a crowded Web folder. You may wish to use a shorthand code that identifies all
related pages. For instance, pages dealing with your
geography project could all start with "geo" ,
such as geohome.htm, geologo1.gif,
and so on.
- When naming your files, keep in mind the file-name requirements of your
target server. Unix, Macintosh and Windows 95 file name conventions allow large file
names to assist in this. Windows 3.n requires you to use the infamous 8.3 filename
- Don't use spaces in the file name such as "my logo.gif".
It may cause problems later when you upload your files. Instead, use an underscore
- Keep your file names the same case (i.e., all upper or all lower case letters.)
Some Web servers (such as UNIX) are case sensitive and if you are inconsistent in your use
of case you may have trouble linking your pages together. For example, if you create a
file and name it MaTh.HtM (not a good idea), all links to this page must read
<a href="MaTh.HtM">name of link</a> or the page will not load.