330 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
p 410 244 7221 f 410 244 7225
Subtle difference, but only one of them will lead you to an actual Web page.
It got us into the discussion about how when people are verbalizing Web site addresses they always say "Double U Double U Double U Dot [Web site URL] Dot Com BACKSLASH [Directory], even though what they really mean to say is "slash." It's true, for some strange reason, backslash has become the accepted term even though it doesn't even belong in the world wide web lexicon.
Who knows how it happened, but it has certainly caught on. I have even heard and seen commercials that refer to a slash as a backslash! The madness must stop. Here's a guy who's really pissed about the people that make this mistake: http://www.idwid.com/blog/archives/74. I'm not sure I feel the same venom about the subject, but I agree I wish the mistake wasn't so common...
Ok, now that my semi-rant is over, let's review:
/ = Slash (also referred to as forward slash)
\ = Backslash (not used in ANY Web site URL)