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Version: 4.4

User Interface Text Guidelines

The official language of Joomla is en-GB and this guide is intended to assist anyone writing language strings in en-GB (British English). This guide should not be translated but may help serve as a starting point for Translation Teams to localise and produce their own guide.


Target audience

  • Primary: Developers writing en-GB strings.
  • Secondary: Translation teams.


  • Primary: Basis for all en-GB strings.
  • Secondary: Assist non native en-GB developers writing language strings in en-GB.
  • Tertiary: Provide guidelines for translation teams to localise.


Avoid over-communication

Be explicit wherever necessary but don't explain the obvious. On the web scanning is the norm and too much text weakens the effectiveness of the message - it does not enhance it.