Well, I hate to think of it that way.... since you can create localized
applications that may not behave well. To use Cassie's analogy... you can
have people who make themselves at home yet are kind of offensive to have
They are intimately related, though. Its fair to say that a properly
internationalized application has taken must of the work and pain out of
localization (since case has been put into respecting cultural conventions
and avoiding offending people on a locale). Its also fair to say that a
properly localized application should be a superset of a properly
Unfortunately there is that gray area that happens when one or the other is
not done as well as ought to be.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leon Spencer" <Leon.Spencer@brightware.com>
To: "'Michael (michka) Kaplan'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Unicode List"
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 10:32 AM
Subject: RE: What is the difference between i18n and l10n?
> So by definition, L10N would be s superset of i18N?
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Michael (michka) Kaplan [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 10:22 AM
> > To: Leon Spencer; Unicode List
> > Subject: Re: What is the difference between i18n and l10n?
> > Internationalization (i18N) is the process of bringing your
> > application to
> > the world... having it work properly and appropriately on any locale.
> > Localization (L10N) is the process of bringing the world to your
> > application.... localizing is translating the application
> > (not just the
> > language but also translating culture/convention and other issues).
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