Amazed by the writing style followed by GNU

As we all know that GNU is itself a recursive acronym which stands for “GNU Not UNIX”. While studying how translations are done and managed in opensource softwares i found out two amazing naming patterns “I18n & L10n “.

Can you understand anything ?

No, I also could not get anything. I18n stands for internationalization and L10n stands for localization .


Many people, tired of writing these long words over and over again, took the habit of writing i18n and l10n instead, quoting the first and last letter of each word, and replacing the run of intermediate letters by a number merely telling how many such letters there are.

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