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Announcement en-GB User Interface Text Working Group

4 January, 2015 - 15:38

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).

Abstract
  • 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
Purpose
  • 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.
Work 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.

Categories: Content Management

3 new additions to the PLT

2 January, 2015 - 14:22

The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members: Viktor Vogel, Jessica Dunbar and Robert Deutz.

The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, translating and creating documentation.

The addition of Jessica, Viktor and Robert brings the total of current PLT members to ten:

  • Chris Davenport
  • Javier Gomez
  • Thomas Hunziker
  • David Hurley
  • Tom Hutchison
  • George Wilson
  • Roland Dalmulder
  • Jessica Dunbar
  • Viktor Vogel
  • Robert Deutz
Jessica Dunbar

Combining a mix of sys admin and marketing skills, Jess works with with major brands including Fortune 500 businesses along with major universities, hospitals, airports, and casinos to provide solutions for their technology needs.
In her free time, she can be found either on the volleyball court or softball diamond. She also enjoys watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers with her family and friends.

Viktor Vogel

Viktor Vogel lives in Germany and works for a big hosting company as their Joomla specialist. For years he has been developing extensions at his project Kubik-Rubik Joomla Extensions. Viktor is member of the Joomla! Bug Squad and at the System Testing Working Group and he is committed to take Joomla! to major technology events worldwide.

Robert Deutz

Robert Deutz is a long time contributor to the Joomla! Project, he started years ago as Design & Accessibility Team member and he was part of the team that created the first Beez Template. He is active in the Bug Squad, Unit/System test area and organised code sprints in 2013 and 2014.

The future

The Production Leadership Team plans the addition of more members during 2015. If you would like to nominate a member from the Joomla community for serving the PLT there is a permanent nomination form available.

You are invited to congratulate the new members at the following forum topic: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=869882

 

Categories: Content Management

A special thank you to the Joomla! Update Working Group

10 December, 2014 - 20:44

Image Credit: Chiara Aliotta

We launched the final release of Joomla 2.5 today. We've watched the most incredible community come together for this release. The marketing team worked closely with the Update Working Group and Leadership to create artwork, infographics, videos and raise awareness of Joomla 2.5 end of support.

Categories: Content Management

This is the last release of Joomla 2.5 now what?

10 December, 2014 - 19:56

Image credit: Helvecio

The Joomla developers are proud to bring you the absolute latest and greatest CMS software.

Joomla 2.5 is reaching its end of support on December 31st 2014. End of support means that the release shall not be actively developed and maintained from now on. Your website will still function as normal.

Categories: Content Management

VEL3 website

8 December, 2014 - 18:10
Since May 2013 the VEL website has performed brilliantly as a much needed resource for the Joomla community at vel.joomla.org .

With Joomla 2.5 coming up to end of life in December and the vel team attempting to be the champions in keeping up to date, we are about to launch vel3.

After consultation, VEl3 will run the same RSformsPro script but will have some other changes.

Categories: Content Management

New PLT members

5 December, 2014 - 15:29

The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: George Wilson and Roland Dalmulder.

The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, translating and creating documentation.

In November 2014, the PLT announced that they were seeking nominations from the community for several new members to join the team, the original article can be seen here: http://developer.joomla.org/news/598-call-for-production-leadership-team-nominations.html. Many are being nominated and the PLT is in the process of incorporating new members to the team apart for the two people being added today.

The addition of George and Roland brings the total of current PLT members to seven:

  • Chris Davenport
  • Javier Gomez
  • Thomas Hunziker
  • David Hurley
  • Tom Hutchison
  • George Wilson
  • Roland Dalmulder
Roland Dalmulder

Roland started developing extensions for Joomla on 2006. He is a very active member Joomla project being co-organisor of the Joomla! User Group Rotterdam, the Dutch PBF (Pizza, Bugs & Fun), Dutch Joomla! Day events, and recently taking the coordination of the Joomla Bug Squad Team.

George Wilson

George slowly entered of web design during school in 2010 and shortly after he started developing Joomla extensions. In 2011 George found a really annoying Joomla bug which he submitted a fix for and the rest as they say is history. Since then George has been part of the documentation team, the bug squad team and have helped out in many sub groups focussing on code in the CMS and Framework.

Thanks!

The Production Leadership Team would also like to take the chance to say a very heartfelt thanks to Michael, Roberto, David, Nick and Matt who have chosen to step down from the PLT. Fortunately, they are not going far and will continue contributing to the project:

Michael Babker will continue at the Framework Team, managing servers and participating in the Automated Testing working groups.

Roberto Segura will be the release leader for Joomla 3.5 version.

David Hurley is going to continue serving at the PLT until the release of Joomla 3.4 and afterwards he will focus his time in Managing the Joomla Developer Community and outreaching new members in the broad PHP community.

Nick Savov passes the coordination of the Joomla Bug Squad to Roland Dalmulder, but will continue participating in the Joomla Bug Squad.

Matt Thomas will continue participating as a CMS maintainer.

The five of them have been key members of the Joomla project and their contributions are too numerous to detail. If you would like to congratulate the new members or say thanks to the ones steping down, you can do so in the following forum topic: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=867855

 

Categories: Content Management

The New Joomla Extensions Directory

3 December, 2014 - 18:33

 

Back in March of 2013 the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED) Team began drafting a list of requirements to upgrade the JED to Joomla 3.x and improve several areas of the directory. We simply out-grown the system in place.  The request for proposal was announced in August 2013 and a vendor, Fabrik, was selected to build the new JED in March 2014. Since March, the Fabrik team has been diligently working and building a completely new, custom extension to meet our needs.

 

Some of the new key features include:

  • An improved extensions submission process that will automatically screen new submissions for common errors.
  • Improved search functionality.
  • A new review and scoring system.
  • A new ticket system that wraps support and reports into one.
  • A new take on categorization and the use of tags.
  • Improved backend management and auditing.

 

Over the past 6 weeks we've held a few rounds of beta testing which has helped us identify a number of issues and improve workflows. Thanks to all that contributed their time and effort.

 

Although we still have a few remaining bugs to fix, the most important show-stopping issues have been resolved.

 

After months of hard work and countless hours we are please to announce the roll-out of the new site.

 

Beginning December 8th we will hold a "pre-access" phase for developers to login, update listings and submit new listings on http://dev.extensions.joomla.org

On December 15th we will transfer the http://extensions.joomla.org domain over to the new site.

Between December 15th and 18th we will be holding a small doc-sprint to update documentation to reflect the changes.

 

As with any big development project there may still be some lurking issues that have yet to be found and could cause dates to shift which will be announced as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Categories: Content Management