Making a Language Pack for Joomla
From Joomla! Documentation
CORE language packs
Joomla! uses three language packages, one for the front end, one for the administrator and one for installation. Ideally you will create all three.
- For Joomla! 1.5, see the forum post: How to create a new 1.5 language pack.
- ALL FILES MUST BE SAVED AS UTF8 NO BOM (for non-ascii glyphs as in accented letters, etc.)
Many people find it helpful to use the Translation manager extension. This helps by automating the creation of the files.
A translation pack consists of an xml file, a blank index file and a set of *.ini files containing the language strings for your language. The easiest way to understand this structure is to look at the files in the language/en-GB folder of your Joomla! installation.
This is an excerpt from en-GB.mod_login.ini
ENCRYPT LOGIN FORM=Encrypt Login Form
FORGOT_YOUR_PASSWORD=Forgot your password?
FORGOT_YOUR_USERNAME=Forgot your username?
To create a package for your language you change the strings to the right of the = signal.
Language naming convention
Language naming convention in Joomla are: language + ISO code.
Name of package should start with your language's ISO code + description + version:
The locale is used to sort translated lists when present on the server. Information on available locales may be found here.
Guidelines for developers
Guidelines for developers to facilitate translation: Language Guidelines for 3rd Party Extensions
- For Joomla 1.5 see the forum: Building Extension's Language Pack for J1.5