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

From: David Possin (
Date: Sun Oct 13 2002 - 11:33:23 EDT

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    Having gone through CP/M - DOS - Windows 1.x up to today's versions I can
    say i18n or internationalization was never a big term at Microsoft. They
    either talk about globalization for internationalization or localization
    itself - localizable coming closest to i18n. I doubt you will find any i18n
    references, maybe you will find g11n or l10n somewhere.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Barry Caplan" <>
    To: "Rick McGowan" <>; <>
    Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 3:43 PM
    Subject: Re: Historians- what is origin of i18n, l10n, etc.?

    > 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
    > >suggests.
    > 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.
    > Barry

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