Origin of the abbreviation i18n

Origin of the abbreviation i18n for internationalization: “A DEC employee named Scherpenhuizen was given an email account of S12n by a system administrator, since his name was too long to be an account name. Apparently, this approach to abbreviating long names was humorous and was generalized at DEC. The convention was applied to “internationalization” at DEC. Apparently it passed to Apple quickly. Both companies were using the term by 1985.”

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