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A12n is an acronym for "Africanization" in the same sense that L10n stands for "localization" and i18n for "internationalization." All have an explicit sense related to information technology.
I coined it in 2002 as a shorthand for aspects of i18n necessary to support African languages plus efforts at L10n in African languages. In other words, Africanization (A12n) of information technology.
The original lists were:
- A12n-collaboration (2002-2009)
- A12n-entraide (2003-2007)
- A12n-forum (2003-2007)
- A12n-policy (2007-2009)
There were also ten (10) message boards which I group under this heading (these are on language or country specific topics; the Hausa board was the first forum, set up in late 2001):
A Yahoogroup that does not have "A12n" in its name is also considered in the same "family" of lists (it was set up in January 2002):
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