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Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups:

  • l10n: comp.lang.c - 30 Aug 1990 by Dominic Dunlop
    This process is called localization. (The abbreviation "l10n" is not widely used.)
  • L10N: comp.std.internat - 3 Sep 1991 by Erik M. van der Poel
    (subject line) Subject: I18N & L10N
    You have completely misunderstood L10N (localization) and I18N (internationalization). L10N and I18N necessarily go hand in hand. They are a pair.

Hippietrail 11:10, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)