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I'm new to html and I've noticed that the pages I inherited have a .htm extension. Will they still work if I rename them to .html and what is the difference?
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Question by:tyroneb
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by:martinag
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They'll, work.

HTML files are supposed to be named .html but since Windows3.1 can't handle more than three chars after the dot they are named .htm in Windows3.1.

The .htm has somehow become widely used in Windows95 and Unix worlds, probably because it's easier to name all files .htm than some .htm and some .html.

Martin
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by:tyroneb
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Thanks. I'll give you the points if you want them.
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by:chewymon
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The only thing to be careful about is that some servers require the index page to be html, all others can be either.
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by:Extreme
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Also, i believe that the .htm is more widely accepted across browsers.
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by:tyroneb
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Thank you all for the comments. I've tested the .html extension and it works fine for me. I'll be careful setting up the index page.
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netwiz15 earned 60 total points
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The reason is that Microsoft created windows3.11 as basically an "addon to dos" and so Windows/Dos could only handle 3 extension letters after the dot.. thus .htm
but then microsoft created/allowed for longer extensions so .html was started, I believe, in Windows95 or NT 4.0?
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by:chewymon
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martinag- Maybe you should bring this thread to Linda's attention.
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by:martinag
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Why?

Martin
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by:chewymon
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tyroneb offered you the points and then netwiz15 gave the same answer you did.  Apparently  tyroneb didn't notice the different name.  Linda has sent other experts who do this emails expressing disapproval and awarded points for the original answer.  Of course its up to you.  You don't seem to care about points much, but you might care about the behavior.
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by:martinag
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You could be right. I'll notify Linda and we'll see what she thinks about this.

Martin
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by:linda101698
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tyroneb,
For your future reference, when you go to grade a question, make sure that the proposed answer is by the expert you want to receive the points for your question.

If the proposed answer is not by the expert you want to receive the points, then choose the option below the question "Reject linda's proposed answer and reopen the question to other experts." and post a comment requesting that the expert you want to receive the points post an answer.

martinag,
Look for a question posted to award you points for your answer :)

Linda Gardner
Customer Service @ Experts Exchange

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