[LINK] Slash/backslash [was: > If Sir Tim Berners-Lee had his time again he'd probably leave // out.

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Mon Oct 19 12:57:44 AEDT 2009

At 11:49 AM 19/10/2009, Sylvano wrote:
>It's a bit fuzzy now, but in the past, weren't forward slashes just
>slashes and back slashes were referred to as sloshes?

I only learned slash and backslash, none of this forward slash stuff 
that you hear on radio/tv all the time. It's a waste of time to say 
forward. And when I have to do a directory path, I always have to 
search the keyboard for the \ key. Whereas / is natural from all the 
practice using it. It's also right there with the ?. Heck, you don't 
even have to shift to generate /.

That may be a throwback from math symbol placement since / is part of 
the fraction formatting: 1/2.  The form 1\2 I think indicates 1 of 2 ??


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