$                Location Counter Operand                        MASM Operand

$

This special symbol represents the current location counter. The
location counter is the current offset within the current segment
during assembly.

Notes:     This operand has the same attributes as a near label.

The location counter is an address that is incremented
to reflect the current address as each statement in the
source file is assembled.

                                 Example                                  

helpMessage    DB   'This is help for the program'
helpLength     =    $ - helpMessage

After these 2 lines are assembled, the symbol 'helpLength' will be
equal to the length of the help message.


$ Location Counter Operand