727: Trade Expert
Title text: I mean, it's been almost twenty years. Now, it's possible you're simply embedding Windows directory paths in your URIs, but in that case you need more than just a short lecture.
The forward slash (/) is the correct way to separate distinct parts of a web address; for example in the address "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash_(punctuation)", a forward slash follows the "org" and the "wiki". However, some newscasters are unfamiliar with the distinction between the different types of slashes, thus confusing the forward slash with the backslash (\), the wrong character. They may also be somewhat overzealous by trying to specify forward- or backslash since just saying "slash" would be sufficient.
The title text refers to how in the Windows operating system, the backslash is actually used instead of the forward slash as a separator (in contrast to Unix-based systems, which use the forward slash). Thus, the path to any Windows file encoded in a URI (uniform resource identifier) would correctly contain the backslash character. However, placing such a URI into a web address to be shared on a news show would be completely useless, as they are only accessible inside of a local Windows domain (usually one's own computer) and no one would be able to access that file over the Internet.
- [Anchorman sitting at newsdesk.]
- Anchor: (to camera) And for more on the summit, we turn to trade expert Dr. Steven Berlee. Steven?
- [Dr. Steven Berlee is sitting to the right of Anchor at newsdesk.]
- DSB: I'm not actually a doctor or a trade expert. I'm just a programmer who lies to get on news shows.
- [Close-up on DSB.]
- Anchor: (off camera) What? Why?
- DSB: To share a message with newscasters.
- [Pull back to shot of both men.]
- Anchor: Which is?
- DSB: Every time you say "backslash" as part of a web address on air, I die a little.