Filename

Definition(s)

  • The name given to a computer file in order to distinguish it from other files; may contain an extension that indicates the type of file.  1
  • The name of a file. All files have names. Different operating systems impose different restrictions on filenames. Most operating systems, for example, prohibit the use of certain characters in a filename and impose a limit on the length of a filename. In addition, many systems, including DOS and UNIX, allow a file name extension that consists of one or more characters following the proper file name. The filename extension usually indicates what type of file it is.  2  3
  • The name of a file. All files have names. Different operating systems impose different restrictions on filenames. Most operating systems, for example, prohibit the use of certain characters in a filename and impose a limit on the length of a filename. In addition, many systems, including DOS and UNIX, allow a file name extension that consists of one or more characters following the proper file name. The filename extension usually indicates what type of file it is. The line of usually Roman alphabet characters plus a file attribute’s FILE EXTENSION (zip, doc, info, xwy) separated by the symbol ‘.’ or a file attribute’s FILE EXTENSION (zip, doc, info, xwy). This may (or MAY NOT) be an indicator of FILE FORMAT FILE FORMAT. File format specification allows different applications to understand the same files.  4

Notes

  1. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  2. Fios, E-Discovery Glossaryhttp://discoveryresources.org/01_electronic_discovery_glossary.html 
  3. RSI, Glossary.
  4. Ibis Consulting, Glossary.