Re: What is the difference between i18n and l10n?

From: Michael \(michka\) Kaplan (
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 13:50:36 EDT

i18N is a lot more than that... and often it can stand on its own. It should
ideally be done before L10N is (and there are examples of bad results when
this was not the case). But I hate it to make it sound like one is just a
mere stepping stone to the other.

Just my 2 cents.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <>
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Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: What is the difference between i18n and l10n?

> Leon Spencer wrote:
> >
> > What is the difference between internationalization and localization?
> i18n is the process of ensuring that software can be localized. L10n
> is the process of actually doing so. Software may be internationalized
> while supporting only English; in that case, it will be easy to add
> Spanish, Portuguese, .... Klingon at a later date.
> --
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> Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, ||
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