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Chapter 3. Layout Enhancements > Cross-Platform Issues

Cross-Platform Issues

Since FileMaker Pro is a multi-platform and multi-user program, the same database may be running simultaneously on both Macintosh and Windows machines. A layout created on a Macintosh will look similar on a Windows machine, but some aspects, like fonts and colors, will display with slight variations. To make sure that people on both types of computers will be able to view and work comfortably with the database, you should consider screen sizes, font usage, and layout colors and graphics in designing a cross-platform database.

Although the Macintosh OS 8.1 and newer and Windows 95 and newer operating systems both support longer file names, there are still a surprising number of people who continue to work with older computers and operating systems. In order to assure compatibility across platforms, file names should adhere to the DOS/Windows 8.3 format, which limits a file name to only eight alphanumeric characters (no punctuation or spaces), and doesn't recognize any difference between capital and lowercase letters. It also requires Macintosh users to add a file extension to the file name itself in order for the file or database to be recognized as valid on a Windows computer (Figure 3.4). If you don't follow this naming convention you may have to change the file name later on. Renaming a file can have serious consequences. Any relationships, scripts, and portals you've created with the old name will have to be recreated using the new one.


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