Question: When naming a directory or file, does it matter if you use a “space” or “dash” or “underline” for multiple words?
Answer: Do NOT use spaces when naming your files! On the web, they will be converted usually to symbols such as %20. To create the false impression of space, use the dash instead, but use it sparingly. For urls in Google, I would recommend using dashes. A really good rule of thumb would be to use no more then 4 hyphenations.
Do not use &, % etc, etc. This can cause error messages in publishing, displaying and retrieving of your pages. The dash between words as in medical-malpractice is the clearest and easiest way to do this.
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