RE: Windoze 260 character limit?

Subject: RE: Windoze 260 character limit?
From: "David Artman" <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:35:13 -0700

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Windoze 260 character limit?
> From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
>
> What do y'all do, when it comes to applying useful names to files
> and directories in a project, versus this ancient Windoze nastiness
> that seemingly won't go away?

We make heavy use of abbreviations and categories, mainly. Every
organization would have to come up with its own best system for those,
but I can give a sampling:

Abbreviations:
* Product names (e.g., EXa, EXb, EXp)
* GUI interface element designations (e.g., BUT, ICO, WIN, TAB, DIA)
* Common terms (e.g., mgr, maint)

Categories:
* Audience domain (e.g., OPER, ADMIN)
* HW v SW (i.e., we have images relating to both, for most products)

That, and we are diligent about using underscores for spaces and dashes
for file name element dividers. NOTHING else in a file name, both for
compatibility and to avoid dumb-ass-looking URLs filled with percentage
signs to ASCII-ify invalid characters. Ugh, I hate it when a web-based
file has those (and HTML Help counts, though it's harder to 'see' the
file names in a Help viewer).

Example:
EXa--SW--3-7-4--DIA--Set_User_PW--click_OK.png

...is a screen shot of the "Set User PassWord" DIAlog box in v3.7.4
software on (a)ll EXPress products, showing an OS cursor (click)ing OK.

Further, from the "click_OK", I can presume that there's other info in
the dialog, which was populated during earlier steps (i.e., this image
is for the final step).

HTH;
David

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