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About Web Page Filenames

When you save a file in Composer, you give it a name—presumably the name by which it will be stored on a Web server when published. And when it comes time to publish a Web page, names can be tricky. For example, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and even the Macintosh all allow you to use spaces and punctuation in filenames, but you should not do so when naming Web page files. Composer permits you to do it, but when you attempt to publish the files, you will find that browsers cannot open them.

In general, as long as you use a filename extension of .htm or .html and eliminate spaces and punctuation, you can give your page files any name you like. However, you can avoid certain kinds of compatibility problems by making sure that your filenames conform to the “8.3” filename rule: The filename must be no more than eight characters long with an extension of no more than three (.htm, not .html); for example:


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