JScript provides special characters that allow you to include in strings some characters you cannot type directly. Each of these characters begins with a backslash. The backslash is an escape character you use to inform the JScript interpreter that the next character is special.

Escape Sequence

Escape Sequence Character




Form feed


Line feed (newline)


Carriage return


Horizontal tab (Ctrl-I)


Single quotation mark


Double quotation mark



Notice that because the backslash itself is used as the escape character, you cannot directly type one in your script. If you want to write a backslash, you must type two of them together (\\).

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document.write('The image path is C:\\webstuff\\mypage\\gifs\\garden.gif.');
document.write('The caption reads, "After the snow of \'97. Grandma\'s house is covered."');

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