Making a Language Pack for Joomla
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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 forum: 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
BUTTON_LOGIN=Login BUTTON_LOGOUT=Logout ENCRYPT LOGIN FORM=Encrypt Login Form FORGOT_YOUR_PASSWORD=Forgot your password? FORGOT_YOUR_USERNAME=Forgot your username? GREETING=Greeting
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