Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Blackboard Attachments

 Fila Naming Conventions

When naming files (documents, images, videos, presentations, Discussion Board Titles, Survey titles, or blog titles) to upload to Blackboard, it is vitally important to follow these guidelines.

  • Do NOT use illegal characters. Limit yourself to alpha-numeric characters (letters or numbers), hyphens or underscores, no spaces. (In the case of blog titles, spaces seem to be fine.)
  • NEVER use commas, apostrophes, ampersands, number signs, percentage signs.
  • Keep the name as short as possible.

Okay: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - _ .

NOT okay: ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) + = { }[ ] \ | ' " ; : ? / , < >

Note: Even if you have successfully added files with improper names in the past, it does not mean that other people, using other browsers or operating systems, will be able to access them. The above are the safest naming conventions.

  • NO SPACES! If you need a visual spacer between words, you can use an underscore.
  • Be sure to include the tag that identifies the filetype. (eg. .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .xls, .rtf) The tag must match the filetype. In Word, for instance, to save your file as .rtf, click Save As and choose the Format or Filetype dropdown window below your file navigation.

Save As Filetype

 

Note: Even if you have successfully added files with improper names in the past, it does not mean that other people, using other browsers or operating systems, will be able to access them. The above are the safest naming conventions.

 

Attaching a document or image

  1. Save the document in the proper format with alpha-numeric characters and no spaces. (See naming guidelines)
  2. Navigate to the area where you need to attach your file.
    • Note: For now, we recommend using the Attach File tool under the text box on the appropriate screen to attach files. We are experiencing difficulties with embedded files and images.
  3. Click on Browse My Computer > highlight file > Click Open > Click Submit.

Attach file

Faculty: If you have named your file and the Post title properly and it still isn't visible, please see Error 404 page for instructions for adding reader permissions to your files.

 


 

Preferred Formats:

For Documents:

  • .rtf (Rich Text Format ... the most accessible, will open in any word processor)
  • .pdf (Portable Document Format ... viewable by anyone with pdf viewer)
  • .doc (Word Document ... most commonly used word processing format, but not accessible to everyone)

For Presentations:

  • .ppt or .pps (viewable by anyone with Powerpoint or a free Powerpoint Viewer)
  • .pdf

For images:

  • .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png are all viewable by anyone in browser. Be sure the tag matches the filetype.
  • DO NOT USE .bmp, .tiff, .eps, .psd or raw format files.
  • limit size to no larger than 600 pixels in the largest dimension.
  • for a headshot, or a photo not needing a lot of detail, a pixel dimension of between 150 and 250 in the widest dimension is ideal

Note: Even if you have successfully added files with improper names or filetypes in the past, it does not mean that other people, using other browsers or operating systems, will be able to access them. The above are the safest measures.