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

From: Marco Cimarosti (
Date: Thu Oct 10 2002 - 12:35:18 EDT

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

    Cute, I didn't imagine Google archives went all that way back!

    BTW, the first mention of Unicode on Usenet predates it by eight days:

    Subject: Re: ASCII for national characters
    Newsgroups: comp.std.internat
    From: Donn Terry
    Date: 1989-11-22 10:43:42 PST
    | [...]
    | UNICODE: this isn't a standard but is proposed. Unifies the Han
    | character sets in the same way as the Latin ones (but with
    | obviously a much bigger payback because of the size). Fixed
    | length 16 bits. This fixes the length in characters vs. length
    | in bytes issue. (The issue of length in display space is
    | inherently harder because characters do vary in width in natural
    | usage in many phonetic alphabets, as well as in the ideographic
    | ones. See Arabic and Hindi where the constant-width usage is
    | considered "pretty awful", albeit readable. (Even in English,
    | good typesetting is not constant width.))
    | [...]

    The same message also says something about a competing standard:

    | [...]
    | ISO10646: 32-bit everything code. Treats the various Han character sets
    | as distinct character sets for each national usage, but unifies the
    | Latin characters into a single set. Variable length coding possible
    | to reduce space. Can degenerate to (something close to) 8859.
    | [...]

    _ Marco

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