What is an oblique on a keyboard?

The oblique (or forward slash) sign on a computer keyboard is "/". If it was a "\" symbol, it would be the back slash (or slosh) sign.

A slash can show a line break in poem, song, or play, usually if several short lines are being written together on one long line. The backslash is not used in written English; it’s only used in computing. Dictionaries can use a slash on either side of a word when showing the pronunciation as well.

In recent news in the computing world, a $15 million computer that uses quantum physics effects, to boost its speed, will be installed at a U.S. NASA facility. It will be shared by Google, NASA, and other scientists. Quantum computing is based around exploiting the strange behaviour of matter at quantum scales. Housed inside a garden shed-sized box that cools the chip to near absolute zero, it should be installed at NASA and available for research by Autumn of 2013.

forward slash not a back slash

Updated on Monday, May 20 2013 at 09:22PM BST
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