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File Names, Types, and Creators

File Names, Types, and Creators

The first hassle (though minor) in moving files from one platform to another is that PCs and Macintoshes save files differently. On the Macintosh, every file has several attributes attached to it, including file type and creator. These are four-letter keys that tell the Macintosh what sort of file it is and what program generated it. For example, when you double-click on a file, the Mac looks at the file's creator to see what application to start up.

In the PC world, it's simpler: no file types, no file creators—only file names. PC files all have names that include a three-letter suffix called a “file extension.” In Windows 3.1, files had to be “eight-dot-three” (the name could be no longer than eight letters, followed by a period, and ending with a three-letter extension; for example, “8LTRBLUS.TXT”). Now you can use up to 255 characters in a file name, but the file must still end with a period followed by the file extension. This extension provides all the information (and it ain't much) about the file's type and creator.


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