I am pleased to announce the following with Brian Teeman leading this overdue and needed core en-GB standardisation.

The PLT have accepted the proposal to review and standardise all the en-GB language strings in the core of Joomla based on the style guide that you can see here (until it gets a permanent home).


  • The official language of Joomla is en-GB and yet the actual strings we use have been created, over 10 years, many by people who are not native en-GB speakers.
  • Create a style guide to standardise the correct usage of en-GB and assist anyone writing language strings for Joomla.
  • A secondary aim is that this style guide can be used as a basis for translation teams.
  • Traditional rules of grammar do not always apply to the web. See Break Grammar Rules on Websites for Clarity


  • Establish official style guidelines for writing en-GB strings.
  • Ensure consistency throughout Joomla.
  • Provide translation teams with an easy framework and guidelines to create their own style guides.
  • See NNG on American vs British english for the web
  • The style guide is a living document that may be updated and added to over time as the need arises.
  • The style guide will be maintained by native en-GB speakers.


Stage 1
  1. Consistency
  2. Punctuation
  3. Words to watch
  4. Capitalisation

Nothing in Stage 1 will effect Translation Teams

Stage 2
  1. Tooltips
  2. Module and plugin descriptions
  3. Manager
  4. Action or Description

There may be items in Stage 2 that will effect Translation Teams

Stage 3
  1. Create a home for the style guide
  2. Create ability for TT to fork the style guide and host centrally
  3. Formulate a process for en-GB team to review any new or changed string before it is committed to core.
Stage 4
  1. Promote style guide to extension and template developers to encourage them to adopt it.

Thanks to those already involved and their hard work towards bringing about these changes.