Re: File naming conventions in Acrobat

Subject: Re: File naming conventions in Acrobat
From: Jonathan Kajeckas <jgkaje -at- wm -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 09:09:27 -0400

The major reason to keep filenames under eight characters (plus .pdf) is backward compatibility with pre-Windows95 machines or processes that don't recognize long filenames. By processes, I refer to the (unlikely, but high-stakes) scenario of needing to recover pdf files from a machine by booting from a floppy with a limited operating system; this may truncate long filenames and make it difficult to sort files based on name. The main reason to avoid spaces in filenames is that Netscape does not successfully process urls containing spaces; if you link to a pdf whose filename contains a space, IE will link to the file and display it via the Acrobat plugin, and Netscape will not. Hyphens are legal characters for filenames; there are several illegal ones, such as *, %, and &. Between Mac and PC, the Mac allows / as a character in a filename, but on the PC this denotes a subdirectory, so moving such files from Mac to PC is problematic and the character should be avoided.


08:49 AM 5/8/2001 -0400, Mark -dot- Eichelberger -at- Aftech -dot- Fiserv -dot- com wrote:

Hey all, we have been experiencing some PDF to PDF hyperlink issues with
Acrobat 4.05c which may be tied to destination filenames. At one time we
limited the filenames of all of our PDF files to 8 characters maximum with
no spaces or symbols. However, over time, we have strayed from this
informal policy and now some of our PDF filenames are greater than 8
characters with spaces and hyphens.

I was wondering if any of you on the list have adopted policies on PDF (or
other application) filenames that you would be willing to share. In
addition, does anyone know if Adobe has recommendations for length or format
for PDF filenames? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

(By the way, I wanted to post this on the Adobe Users Forum, but the servers
are currently down for maintenance.)

Mark Eichelberger
Technical Writer
Mark -dot- Eichelberger -at- Aftech -dot- Fiserv -dot- com
610 993 8000 x534


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