Re: What is the difference between i18n and l10n?

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 16:30:43 EDT

With respect to the capitalization rules, I do not recall ever
seeing "i18N" with lowercase i and uppercase N.

The only place where I think it might occur is in one of those
ransom notes where the case varies throughout the message and
the characters are all cut from magazine ads.

"i hAvE yOuR i18N enGInEeR hOstAGe. sEnD $1000,000.00 if YOu
waNT HiM back!"

For internationalization I have seen it any of the other 3 ways:
i18n, I18n, I18N.

I suspect l10n is usually uppercase L, since the lowercase L and the
one are too similar. The trailing "n" can go either way.
(Although, I am not aware of any words that have
more than a hundred letters and end in "n". At least not
in American English.)

I am curious about where this comes from...

"Michael (michka) Kaplan" wrote:

> i18N is like being a proper guest at someone's house.
> L10N is like making yourself at home there.
> (BTW, usually the convention is to capitalize and not capitalize the words
> as above, since many fonts are unclear on upper case "I" and lowercase "L".
> michka

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