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The proceeding file naming should then follow the rules detailed below.

I read it from a manual on how to name a file, and does "proceeding" mean "following" here?

  • I would think so but that's non-standard. Hard to think of another meaning without more background. – user96060 Jun 19 at 7:26
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That looks like a mistake for preceding, which means the reverse of "following" - the one coming just before.

"The proceeding file naming" doesn't make any sense at all to me.

I take the intended meaning to be "The name for the file we have just mentioned should follow the rules ... "

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