Words to Watch

This is a 'living document' that can be updated as needed over time.

Words to Watch (W2W) are words commonly misspelled or which may have variations that depend on the Joomla! style guide choices.

Accepted Word Unacceptable Word Detail
Administrator administrator Always capitalise when referring to the Joomla! User level or the Backend Administrator. When referring to the site administrator then it is lowercase
address Spell with a double d.
adapter adaptor someone who adapts; adaptor plug
a lot alot Use as two words, not one.
amend and amendment Spell with a single m at the beginning.
Article Capitalise the word Article when referring to the element of Joomla! content.
AutoCorrect One word with capitalisation as shown
Backend back end back-end One word not hyphenated or two words.
backup and back up Use backup when used as an adjective, as in "he had a backup disk in his bag" and use back up when using it as a verb, as in "don’t forget to back up your hard drive".
Banner Always capitalise when referring to the Component element or Manager function.
bitmap bit map or bit-map One word not hyphenated or two words.
blacklist black list one word not two
cacheable cachable The 'e' should not be dropped.
CAPTCHA captcha Captcha Captcha is an acronym that stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It is pronounced as a real word and not spelled out then it should be written as captcha according to our style guide (see acronyms).
Category (Manager) Always capitalise when referring to the Component element or Manager function.
collapsible collapsable The correct spelling is -ible
command comand
Contact (Manager) Always capitalise when referring to the Component element or Manager function.
checkbox check box
check-in (noun/adjective) (Global) Check-in checkin (noun/adjective) We will be using check-in, which must be capitalised when referring to a specific function, Menu Item, or button such as Global Check-in. It is correct to use check in (verb) as in 'check in your materials'.
Component (Manager) Capitalise the word Component when referring to an Extension in Joomla!.
Contact Capitalise the word Contact when referring to the element of the Joomla! Contact Component.
Control Panel control panel Capitalise when referring to the Joomla! Backend functional area.
CSS css Always capitalise except in code or when a file extension.
database data base One word not two
directory Do not use. Use folder instead
dropdown drop-down drop down One word not hyphenated
email E-mail e-mail No hyphen and lower case. Except Email is obviously correct at the start of a sentence! We will be going with email (lower-case and non hyphenated) for consistency.
Extension(s) extension(s) Refer to Components, Modules, and Plugins collectively as Extensions. Always capitalise when referring to CMPT’s.
file name filename Two words rather than one.
folder Do not use directory always use folder
Frontend front-end One word not hyphenated or two words.
Front Page front page Frontpage frontpage Always two words. Capitalise the words Front Page when referring to the Menu Item element of Joomla! content.
Gmail GMail Always capitalise the first letter only
Gzip GZip Only capitalise the first letter when referring to the name of the program
hard disk hard-disk Two words. No hyphenation
hardware hard-ware One word. No hyphenation
home page homepage Always two words.
HTML HTM html Always capitalise, except in code or when a file extension.
ID Id id Always capitalise when referring to a database ID. Lowercase when referring to a CSS id.
iframe Iframe iFrame Lower case unless at the start of a sentence.
information infos Always use information. Infos is not a real word
internet Internet Lower case unless at the start of a sentence or referring to Internet Explorer
IP Ip ip IP is an acronym that stands for internet protocal. As it is pronounced by spelling out the letters and not as a real word then it should be written as IP, all capitals with no periods, according to our style guide (see acronyms).
JavaScript javascript Java Script One word but with the J and S capitalised.
Joomla! joomla Joomla See separate tradmark document
joomla_root/ Use as the starting point to all references to directories within the core installation to avoid confusion with the web server or database root.
keyboard key board One word not two
licence and license Use licence as a noun for the permit you obtain to do something like hunt or drive, but use license when you mean it as a verb, to give permission to or allow someone to do something or for something to occur.
login, logon, logoff, and logout Noun always one word one “g” the act of logging into or out of a computer or website. NOT the name of the field - that is Username
log in, log on, and log off log out Verb to go through the procedure of logging in to or out of a website for example.
maintenance maintainence Spell with -ten- in the middle and end with -ance.
Manager manager When referring to either the User level or a Manager screen (Poll Manager) it is capitalised.
Media Manager media manager Capitalise when referring to the Joomla! function.
Menu menu When referring to a specific menu in Joomla! always capitalise.
Menu Item menu item Two words and capitalise both when referring to the specific element within Joomla! but not when generally discussing any old menu items
metadata meta data One word lower case
meta [attribute] meta-description Always two words and [attribute] is always lowercase
misspell mispell Spell with a double s.
Module module Always capitalise when used for a Joomla! Extension.
multilingual multi-lingual multi lingual one word
multitasking multi-tasking multi tasking one word
MySQL mysql MYSQL
News Feed newsfeed Newsfeed Always capitalise when referring to the Component within Joomla!, and always two words. If referring to a news feed and not the component then still two words but not capitalised
necessary and necessity neccessary Spelled with one c and a double s.
OK Ok, ok Capitalise both letters
online on-line on line One word lower case
Open Source (OS) Open source Capitalise the O and S.
overwrite over write over-write One word
page break pagebreak two words not one
password pass word One word
pdf PDF lower case
PHP php Always capitalise except when used as a file extension or in code
phpass PHPass Always lowercase even when at the start of the sentence or in a title
Plugin(s) plug-in One word
PostScript Post Script post-script One word. Capitalise P and S.
practice and practise Use practice as a noun when describing actually doing something rather than just discussing it or theories about it.
program and programme program when referring to code; otherwise programme
proofread proof-read proofed
reCAPTCHA recaptcha Recaptcha ReCaptcha ReCAPTCHA This is the name of a specific product/service from google so should be spelt exactly this way. It is never capitalised even at the beginning of a sentence.
receive recieve Use i before e except after c.
RSS rss Always capitalise except when used as a file extension or in code
SEF Sef sef Always capitalise
semicolon semi colon semi-colon One Word
separate seperate Spell with -par- in the middle.
shall Do not use. A better word is will. This will be displayed not this shall be displayed
software soft ware soft-ware One word
source code sourcecode Two words
style sheet stylesheet style-sheet Two words no hyphen
subdirectory sub-directory sub directory One word
success and successful sucess Spell with a double c and a double s.
Super User Super Administrator super administrator Always capitalise when referring to the Joomla! User. There is no such thing as a Super Administrator
surprise Spell with an r before and after the p.
text area text-area textarea When referring to the area that you enter content then it is two words. When referring to the HTML tag then it is one word
toolbar tool bar tool-bar One word
twelfth twelth Spell with an f in the middle.
Twitter twitter Twitter is a trademark so should always be with a capital
unfortunately Spell with -ately at the end.
URL Url url Capitalise except when used in code.
User user When referring to a specific Joomla! User always capitalise first letter
user group usergroup User Group Two words lower case
Username user name One word. You login with the Username NOT the login name
UTF-8 utf-8 utf8 Always uppercase and hyphenated
vCard VCard vcard Vcard Always spelt vCard even at the beginning of a sentence or in a label.
web Web Lower case
Web link Web Link weblink web-link Two words unhyphenated. Capitalise the words when discussing the Component variant - Web Link Manager.
website web site Web Site Web site One word not capitalised
whitelist white list one word not two
wi-fi WIFI wifi WI-FI Lower case and hyphenated.
Word word When referring to a Word document this should always be capitalised as it is a trademark
World Wide Web (WWW) Worldwide Web Capitalise, as it is a proper noun. Three separate words. Capitalise the abbreviation (except in URL’s)