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Knowledgebase: HTML
Guidelines For Saving Files
Posted on 05 December 2003 10:15 AM
If you follow a few simple rules when saving HTML files, you will find web-authoring a more pleasant experience.
  • If you are not using a text-only editor such as Notepad or UltraEdit, verify that the file type is set to Text or ASCII (or HTML, if that's an option).

  • If you use word processing programs to create HTML documents (not recommended!), save your documents as HTML, Text Only, ASCII, DOS Text, or Text with Line Breaks (the actual options will vary depending on the word processor application).

  • Name the file with an .htm or .html extension. Although .html is the preferred extension, Windows 3.1x doesn't recognize four character extensions, so it is limited to .htm on that platform.

  • Use only letters, numbers, and hyphens (-) in your filenames. You can use spaces, periods, and underscores (_), however these tend to make linking your documents more difficult.

  • If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you save the documents and files associated with a particular project in one folder. You will find that this makes using links, images, and other advanced effects easier. The majority of the tutorials located in this section will assume you do have everything in the same folder.