This page offers guidelines for the naming of files (e.g. PDFs, Word documents, Excel documents, etc.) that will be made available for download by end-users; filenames for code can be found in the appropriate code standards.
The terms 'must' and 'must not' are used in this document with the meanings found in RFC 2119: key words for use in RFCs to indicate requirement levels.
Files must be named in a consistent way according to the guidelines below. This will ensure they are web safe.
- You must use only lowercase letters (a-z), numerals (0-9), and hyphens (-).
- You must not use special characters (e.g. á, ê, ï, õ, ù) or other punctuation marks, including underscores (_).
- You must not use spaces; instead you must use hyphens in place of spaces to delimit words.
- You must not include dates or version numbers in filenames.
Filenames must be short, meaningful and descriptive.
- Guidance notes for direct applicants.pdf
The digital communications team reserves the right to change (or request changes to) filenames if they do not meet digital best practice.