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This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Backslash.

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The backslash \ is a typographical mark used mainly in computing and is the mirror image of the common slash /.

It is sometimes called a hack, whack, escape (from C/UNIX), reverse slash, slosh, downwhack, backslant, backwhack, bash, reverse slant, and reversed virgule.

Efforts to identify either the origin of this character or its purpose before the 1960s have not been successful. The earliest known reference found to date is a 1937 maintenance manual from the Teletype Corporation with a photograph showing the keyboard of its Wheatstone perforator. The purpose of the key remains to be discovered since the symbol did not have a Morse code encoding and thus would not have been transmitted.


Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has no crossing lines.

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