Who invented DOS?
jfoust at threedee.com
Fri Mar 4 11:06:36 CST 2005
At 10:57 AM 3/4/2005, cswiger wrote:
>All I want to know is who decided to use \ instead of / for
>directory separators (warming up the tar and holding feathers).
It's discussed in some of the linked references in the Slashdot
discussion. One suggestion was that / was used as a prefix for
command modifiers (/X /A etc.) so it would be slightly harder
to parse. Certainly command arguments preceded folders, both
in CP/M and QDOS.
Not many people know this, but at low levels in old Mac OS,
they used ":" as a folder separator in file specifiers.
More information about the cctalk