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>First, restrict names to 8.3 format (eight characters before the decimal and
>three after). HTML files would thus have the suffix ".htm" rather than
>".html". This means the file should work fine on any system, even <shudder>
I'll weigh in on this discussion again, mainly because I have a
deep-seated hatred for 8.3 file names. Fortunately for me, they're almost
The ISO9660 CD-ROM format (which keeps coming up as the reason for the
8.3 requirement) supports only hideously short file names. A long, long
time ago (early 1990s), UNIX-variants such as SunOS/Solaris started
supporting the Rock Ridge Extensions, which used some unnecessary fields
from the ISO9660 format to carry additional information about UNIX file
permissions, UNIX-style file names, and other neat stuff. That brought
the file name limit for UNIX systems that had the Rock Ridge Extensions
installed to 255 characters, give or take.
Later (well after Win95 shipped, I'm annoyed to say), Microsoft came out
with the Joliet CD-ROM format that supported long file names in Windows
CD-ROMs. The UNIX world was quick to jump on that, and now the Joliet
format is supported by many Linuxes, UNIXes, etc.
I suggest that before naming in a format that is sure to cause you pain
down the road, check the audience for your files, and if they don't all
have modern enough operating systems (UNIX included) to support longer
file names, see if you can't get them to upgrade... in this day and age,
however, the odds are that they do.