Word Ways


Nyr Indictor


In computerese these days, the word internationalization comes up an awful lot. It usually refers to the conversion of software into a form that is accessible to users in different countries, speaking different languages. A related term, localization, describes the customization of software for users at a particular location, with a specific language need. Because these terms are quite long, they have curious abbreviations; il8n (referring to the fact there are 10 letters between the initial I and the final N) and 110n.