handwriting (or the lack thereof) (was: Service bureaus...

Brent Hilpert hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Tue Dec 14 02:27:15 CST 2010


On 2010 Dec 13, at 8:49 PM, Roger Merchberger wrote:
> On 12/13/2010 05:27 PM, Fred Cisin wrote:
>> A long time ago, there used to be some people who put slashes through 
>> the
>> letter 'o', to differentiate it from the numeral '0'.  Are they ALL 
>> dead
>> now?
>
> Noper, they just moved to Canada. ;-) (I dunno if it's really true, 
> but I remember printing out a page of light bulb jokes from an 
> individual that worked for EDS Canada (Oshawa, IIRC) (on the IBM 3090 
> mainframes) and found it odd that the oh's were slashed and the zeros 
> were not...

Nothing to do with Canada to my experience, more likely an IBMism.




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