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Slashes, a matter of punctuation.


back slash vs. forward slash


It seems that legions of people don't understand the difference…so they mis-label the common slash.


The "common" slash has been around for decades on typewriters around the world; it's what we now must have to call a "forward slash". Because the computer age has introduced the "back slash" for use in some applications.


The common "forward" slash looks like this:   /


The back slash looks like this:   \


But so many people continue to mis-speak. It's an extremely critical difference when applied to Internet URLs; even though it's rarely used in these cases. When was the last time YOU saw a back slash in a URL? Probably before Moses.

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