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Yes, the ISO 9660 CD standard requires 8.3. If you are not writing an ISO
9660 compliant disc, 8.3 is not required. If you are writing a CD with, I
think, Joliet extensions, you can have longer file names. The drawback is
that it is possible that some older systems may not be able to read the CD.
I don't think Macs can read the Joliet extensions, but my brain is foggy on
My first tech writing job was in the CD burning industry.
Vice-president, Programs of the Inland Empire chapter of the STC
----- Original Message -----
From: Dawson McKnight <dawson_mcknight -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, 12 July, 2000 7:49 AM
Subject: Re: naming conventions for images
| Actually, he means to say that *reading* long file names is tricky. Your
| burner can write them accurately, but you cannot guarantee that everyone's
| drives will read them accurately. If he's right, the 8.3 limitation is an
| arbitrary maximum not tied to Unix, but he also reports that he vaguely
| remembers that the 8.3 restriction is put forth in an ISO standard for CD