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

From: Barry Caplan (
Date: Thu Oct 10 2002 - 15:43:13 EDT

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    At 08:35 AM 10/10/2002 -0700, Rick wrote:
    >The earliest reference I can find to "i18n" in my old e-mail trail is the
    >following e-mail to the "sun!unicode" mail list by Glenn Wright. This was
    >Oct 5, 1989. By that time, the term was definitely current, as Mr. Hiura

    I registered around 94 or so, and the fellow, whose name I am trying hard to recall (first name JR, Australian or British IIRC, red hair), seemed to indicate the coinage was quite some time before that and he was very surprised when I told him how extensive the usage was by then.

    I'm a jonny-come-lately when it comes to unix and other standards history... is there an searchable archive of windows standards anywhere? How about a cvs server of code? It seems to me that i18n or variants could have made it into code as a function name almost immediately, or possibly even before being put into a standards doc....

    It seems to me that l10n was extant by the time I came to CA ~ 1992.

    Perhaps Ken Lunde can shed some light - he surely came across a lot of early docs while writing his first book, which was a republication of an online archive he maintained I think.


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