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The file conventions outlined here apply specifically to any homework and test files that you submit on CourseWeb. Note that these conventions do not apply to the HTML and CSS exercises that we ask you to post on the public web, since these require special naming conventions.

How to name homework or test files

For us to keep track of files that you submit on Courseweb, it is important that we can organize them by your last names, and by their file extensions. Therefore, we ask that you follow these guidelines in naming your files:

Filenames for homework assignments should begin with your surname and include information to help identify the assignment, such as the unit and the date. Here is a good example of how to name the second homework assignment in the XML unit that is due on September 2:

beshero_09-02_xml-02.xml or beshero_Sept_02_xml_2.xml

Either system is appropriate. The most important parts of the file names for us are the surname and the file extension at the end.

File formats

Prepare and submit your coding assignments on CourseWeb as plain-text files with the appropriate file extension at the end. For each kind of code we write, we will show you how to do this. If we ask you to submit papers to CourseWeb, prepare them as Word documents with a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file extension. Please do not submit PDF files, since we will be commenting directly on your files as we grade and that is difficult to do with a PDF file.

Uploading files and including comments within your files

Assignments or tests submitted to Courseweb must be uploaded as attachments, not copied and pasted into a text field. We ask that you do not type comments or questions into these Courseweb text fields either (because we may not see them and because they will be distant from your work). Instead, please include your comments and questions inside your assignment file. Note: It is a very good idea to include comments and questions for us, and we will show you how to format these inside your assignment files for the different forms of code we are writing.