RE: Naming Files and Folders

Subject: RE: Naming Files and Folders
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Ronquillo, Michael" <mronquillo -at- equitrac -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 15:25:05 -0600

Ronquillo, Michael wrote:

> How does everyone feel about putting underscores between
> words when naming files and folders? For example
> This_Is_an_Example.doc
> Is this necessary or subjective? How do you feel about
> capitalizing the words as if it was a title?

I agree with Fred about spaces and underscores. Spaces are a bad idea,
even in Windows -- if a path (say, for a shortcut, in a batch file, or
at the command prompt) contains spaces, you have to remember to enclose
it in quotes.

As for underscores, I've never understood the preference among geeks for
underscores over hyphens. I don't think a_really_long_file_name.ext is
any more readable than a-really-long-file-name.ext, and in some
situations less. Plus, it's harder to type.

I don't usually capitalize file names, and certainly don't use
camel-caps. Just more pointless pressing of the Shift key.




Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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