File anming conventions?

Jim Ault JimAultWins at
Sun Oct 22 16:40:37 EDT 2006

On 10/22/06 10:32 AM, "David Bovill" <david at> wrote:

> A quick question - I now the info is out there on the net, but Id like to
> see what other people are doing. I"m setting a naming convention for files
> and a while back I would have stuck to the 8.3 dos character limits - no
> spaces etc just to be safe. Now it seems more important to use characters
> that also make nice urls than anything else - but I still avoid "funny
> chars" so that scripts don"t have to escape anything... but what exactly are
> these "funny chars", and what are there potential problems? Here are my
> first thoughts, comments very wellcome:
>  1) spaces - need to escape file names on the command line (bash scripts),
> urlEncoding results in "+
>  2) "/" or "\" or "." or ":"  - just plain bad idea - too easily confused
> with file paths on various systems.
>  3) "|" - not sure. Not pretty for urlEncoding
>  4) "_" seems harmless. Often used.
>  5) "," ";" - no real idea. Interesting?
>  6) Any of "# ! [ ] { }" - no idea? Ugly?
> Basically i would like to use a delimiter so that scripts can extract some
> basic information from the file name. I can use "_", but if I need a second
> delimiter what should I use - my thoughts are to use "|" which would lead to
> file names like:
>   opnMenu_Tree|Tools.rev
> Any thoughts?
Are you intending to:
..Use on your own computer only?
..Use shell commands, Applescript, URLEncoding, Unicode?
..Distribute stacks to other Rev users on the same platform?
..Distribute apps to any user on all platforms?  with file saving?

The bar gets raised at these different levels.
All of the above use varying syntax, control and delimiting characters.

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

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