[Tutor] RE: Why MS chose \
Thu Apr 17 04:40:02 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.
> Alan G
> [Seabrook, Richard] Seems to me I remember using double slashes // in IBM
> OS360 JCL back in the 60s but I don't know if Gates & Co. go back that
> far. Before that it was pretty much * in IBSYS, $ in IBJOB and @ in
> UNIVAC systems if I recall correctly.
> Dick S.
Thanx to you both. It was my question initially. That's one of the great
things about this list: finding out all kinds of interesting bits of