[Tutor] RE: Why MS chose \
Tue Apr 15 14:56:02 2003
Having digest problems so answering this indirectly...
My understanding of the reason for the choice of \ was
that / was already in use. MS DOS(and its precursor) were
originally cheap clones of CP/M and CP/M programs
conventionally used / for command line options.
(CP/M didn't have paths as we know them...)
Thus when MS had to introduce paths(DOS 2?) they chose
the opposite form of slash.
I just checked and certainly the CP/M assembler and
MBASIC interpreters both used '/' for commandline options
as did the original CP/M wordstar. So it sounds reasonable.