Re: Historians- what is origin of i18n, l10n, etc.?

From: Radovan Garabik (
Date: Thu Oct 10 2002 - 09:24:24 EDT

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    On Thu, Oct 10, 2002 at 07:14:57AM -0400, Winkler, Arnold F wrote:
    > Tex,
    > Here is my recollection:
    > Sometime around 1991 in a IEEE P1003.1 (POSIX) meeting, Gary Miller (IBM)
    > was writing on the blackboard. After having spelled out
    > Internationalization a few times, he first abbreviated it to I--n and a bit
    > later (obviously after counting the letters in between) used I18N. Sandra
    > might have been at the meeting, and Keld - they might be able to confirm my
    > recollection.

    Google is your friend :-)
    "i18n" is first mentioned in USENET on 30 nov 1989,

    > L10N did not show up until quite some time later. I have no idea who used
    > it first.

    l10n is first mentioned on 30 august 1990. The posting also mentions
    that the abbreviation is not widely used.

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