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October 6, 2004

Forward and Back

This bugs me every time someone confuses the two (and it does the public no favors), so let's clear this up.

Forward slash: / (or "slash")
Backslash: \

\: Backslash
/: Forward slash (or "slash")

Example Use
Read aloud the URL fragment www.apple.com/ibook/.

Answer: W W W dot apple dot com slash ibook.

Alternate answer: W W W dot apple dot com forward-slash ibook.

WRONG: W W W dot apple dot com backslash ibook.

So how the hell do I remember this?
Think of the slash as a person facing right. The bottom is its feet. The backslash (\) is thus leaning backward. The slash (/) leans forward. Got it? Good. Now stop messing them up, particularly those of you in broadcast journalism.

Posted by Colin at October 6, 2004 9:02 AM

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