RE: Meaning of the slash (/) mark

Subject: RE: Meaning of the slash (/) mark
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "C" <cll01821 -at- lycos -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 18:33:07 -0700

C wrote:

> We had a discussion at work about the meaning of the slash (/)
> mark. In my 25-year career as a technical writer, I have always
> understood the slash mark to mean "or", as in "Select OK/Yes".
> ....
> I assumed that "LDAP/MAPI" meant "LDAP or MAPI" and asked the
> tech writer to clarify it for me. She told me that it means
> "LDAP and MAPI", which was a surprise to me. I didn't know that
> the slash could mean "or" and "and".
> ....
> I typically try to avoid using [the slash] at all, and when I
> do use it, it means "or".


Unfortunately, "or" has multiple meanings, so your instructions may be
unclear even if you only use the slash to mean "or".

In your example, "Select OK/Yes" means "answer affirmatively by
selecting OK or YES", but that's very different from "Select Yes/No",
which means "answer affirmatively by selecting YES, or negatively by
selecting NO"... Even though the slash is read as "or" in both cases.

Probably a good idea to avoid using it.


=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA

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