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When the abbreviation trips you up September 11, 2006

Posted by globalizer in terminology.
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The various “numerological” abbreviations like “L10n” and “i18n” that are bandied about in the world of software globalization are not always easy to keep track of. (Btw., there must be a specialized term for these kinds of abbreviations – anybody know what it is? The language mavens at Language Log Plaza would know…)

Anyhow, this snippet from a job posting I just came across illustrates my point:

Knowledge of product localization and internationalization is essential. Understanding of i18n also very helpful.

Knowledge of internationalization is essential, understanding of i18n also very helpful. Hmm…

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