I've been in the Point of Sale industry for decades. Parsing card magnetic stripe track 1 data has never been difficult, but lately we've started to see some odd data in the name field of cards that customers have been swiping on our PIN pads. (It's also possible that this data isn't coming from a real magstripe, but rather from the virtual track 1 data encoded on the card's EMV chip).
Specifically, we're seeing occasional occurrences of the
\ (backslash) character. I certainly know and use the
/ for its intended purpose. I've seen charts of the character set used for tracks 1/3. Backslash is included but it's generally got the notation "special" next to it versus "data".
I'm trying to find the purpose/use of the backslash.