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Local Community liaisons, what are they and do you have what it takes to join them?

Local Community liaisons, what are they and do you have what it takes to join them?

2024-02-Community-Liaisons

What is a Community Liaison, what do they do and do you have what it takes to become one? All good questions that this article is intended to answer. And in answering we deal with the beating heart of volunteer Open Source community-driven projects just like Joomla!

Joomla has many features that make it different from other large Open Source projects and one of them is the number of languages it supports.

Language packs

It is the people who use Joomla and have a passion for their local community and language who take the time to translate and develop the language packs.

This is a work of love and dedication that can serve their country and language.

https://downloads.joomla.org/language-packs/translations-joomla4

https://downloads.joomla.org/language-packs/translations-joomla5

It's worth listing the languages we have in Joomla 3 and then in Joomla 4 and 5:

Joomla 3 Languages

Joomla 4 Languages

Joomla 5 Languages

Afrikaans (af-ZA)

Afrikaans (af-ZA)

Afrikaans (af-ZA)

Albanian (sq-AL)

   

Arabic Unitag (ar-AA)

Arabic Unitag (ar-AA)

Arabic Unitag (ar-AA)

Armenian (hy-AM)

   

Basque (eu-ES)

Basque (eu-ES)

Basque (eu-ES)

Belarusian (be-BY)

Belarusian (be-BY)

Belarusian (be-BY)

Bengali, Bangladesh (bn-BD)

   

Bosnian (bs-BA)

   

Bulgarian (bg-BG)

Bulgarian (bg-BG)

Bulgarian (bg-BG)

Catalan (ca-ES)

Catalan (ca-ES)

Catalan (ca-ES)

Chinese, Simplified (zh-CN)

Chinese, Simplified (zh-CN)

Chinese, Simplified (zh-CN)

Chinese, Traditional (zh-TW)

Chinese, Traditional (zh-TW)

Chinese, Traditional (zh-TW)

Croatian (hr-HR)

Croatian (hr-HR)

Croatian (hr-HR)

Czech (cs-CZ)

Czech (cs-CZ)

Czech (cs-CZ)

Danish (da-DK)

Danish (da-DK)

Danish (da-DK)

Dari Persian (prs-AF)

   

Dutch (nl-NL)

Dutch (nl-NL)

Dutch (nl-NL)

Dzongkha (dz-BT)

   

English, Australia (en-AU)

English, Australia (en-AU)

English, Australia (en-AU)

English, Canada (en-CA)

English, Canada (en-CA)

English, Canada (en-CA)

English, New Zealand (en-NZ)

English, New Zealand (en-NZ)

English, New Zealand (en-NZ)

English, USA (en-US)

English, USA (en-US)

English, USA (en-US)

Esperanto (eo-XX)

Esperanto (eo-XX)

Esperanto (eo-XX)

Estonian (et-EE)

Estonian (et-EE)

Estonian (et-EE)

Finnish (fi-FI)

Finnish (fi-FI)

Finnish (fi-FI)

Flemish (nl-BE)

Flemish (nl-BE)

Flemish (nl-BE)

French (fr-FR)

French (fr-FR)

French (fr-FR)

French, Canada (fr-CA)

French, Canada (fr-CA)

French, Canada (fr-CA)

Galician (gl-ES)

   

Georgian (ka-GE)

Georgian (ka-GE)

Georgian (ka-GE)

German (de-DE)

German (de-DE)

German (de-DE)

German, Austria (de-AT)

German, Austria (de-AT)

German, Austria (de-AT)

German, Liechtenstein (de-LI)

German, Liechtenstein (de-LI)

German, Liechtenstein (de-LI)

German, Luxembourg (de-LU)

German, Luxembourg (de-LU)

German, Luxembourg (de-LU)

German, Switzerland (de-CH)

German, Switzerland (de-CH)

German, Switzerland (de-CH)

Greek (el-GR)

Greek (el-GR)

Greek (el-GR)

Hebrew (he-IL)

Hebrew (he-IL)

Hebrew (he-IL)

Hindi, India (hi-IN)

   

Hungarian (hu-HU)

Hungarian (hu-HU)

Hungarian (hu-HU)

Indonesian, Bahasa Indonesia (id-ID)

Indonesian, Bahasa Indonesia (id-ID)

Indonesian, Bahasa Indonesia (id-ID)

Irish (ga-IE)

Irish (ga-IE)

Irish (ga-IE)

Italian (it-IT)

Italian (it-IT)

Italian (it-IT)

Japanese (ja-JP)

Japanese (ja-JP)

Japanese (ja-JP)

Kazakh (kk-KZ)

Kazakh (kk-KZ)

Kazakh (kk-KZ)

Khmer (km-KH)

Khmer (km-KH)

Khmer (km-KH)

Korean (ko-KR)

Korean (ko-KR)

Korean (ko-KR)

Latvian (lv-LV)

Latvian (lv-LV)

Latvian (lv-LV)

Lithuanian (lt-LT)

Lithuanian (lt-LT)

Lithuanian (lt-LT)

Macedonian (mk-MK)

Macedonian (mk-MK)

Macedonian (mk-MK)

Malay (ms-MY)

   

Montenegrin (srp-ME)

   

Norwegian Bokmål (nb-NO)

Norwegian Bokmål (nb-NO)

Norwegian Bokmål (nb-NO)

Norwegian Nynorsk (nn-NO)

   

Persian Farsi (fa-IR)

Persian Farsi (fa-IR)

Persian Farsi (fa-IR)

Polish (pl-PL)

Polish (pl-PL)

Polish (pl-PL)

Portuguese, Brazil (pt-BR)

Portuguese, Brazil (pt-BR)

Portuguese, Brazil (pt-BR)

Portuguese, Portugal (pt-PT)

Portuguese, Portugal (pt-PT)

Portuguese, Portugal (pt-PT)

Romanian (ro-RO)

Romanian (ro-RO)

Romanian (ro-RO)

Russian (ru-RU)

Russian (ru-RU)

Russian (ru-RU)

Serbian, Cyrillic (sr-RS)

Serbian, Cyrillic (sr-RS)

Serbian, Cyrillic (sr-RS)

Serbian, Latin (sr-YU)

Serbian, Latin (sr-YU)

Serbian, Latin (sr-YU)

Sinhala (si-LK)

   

Slovak (sk-SK)

Slovak (sk-SK)

Slovak (sk-SK)

Slovenian (sl-SI)

Slovenian (sl-SI)

Slovenian (sl-SI)

Spanish (es-ES)

Spanish (es-ES)

Spanish (es-ES)

Spanish, Colombia (es-CO)

   

Swahili (sw-KE)

Swahili (sw-KE)

Swahili (sw-KE)

Swedish (sv-SE)

Swedish (sv-SE)

Swedish (sv-SE)

Syriac, East (sy-IQ)

   

Tamil, India (ta-IN)

Tamil, India (ta-IN)

Tamil, India (ta-IN)

Thai (th-TH)

Thai (th-TH)

Thai (th-TH)

Turkish (tr-TR)

Turkish (tr-TR)

Turkish (tr-TR)

Turkmen (tk-TM)

   

Ukrainian (uk-UA)

Ukrainian (uk-UA)

Ukrainian (uk-UA)

Uyghur (ug-CN)

   

Vietnamese (vi-VN)

Vietnamese (vi-VN)

Vietnamese (vi-VN)

Welsh (cy-GB)

Welsh (cy-GB)

Welsh (cy-GB)

Next let's look at the differences between the packs

Joomla 3.x Only Languages

Joomla 4.x and Joomla 5.x  Only Languages

Albanian (sq-AL)

Pashto Afghanistan (ps-AF)

Armenian (hy-AM)

 

Bengali, Bangladesh (bn-BD)

 

Bosnian (bs-BA)

 

Dari Persian (prs-AF)

 

Dzongkha (dz-BT)

 

Galician (gl-ES)

 

Hindi, India (hi-IN)

 

Malay (ms-MY)

 

Montenegrin (srp-ME)

 

Norwegian Nynorsk (nn-NO)

 

Sinhala (si-LK)

 

Spanish, Colombia (es-CO)

 

Syriac, East (sy-IQ)>

 

Turkmen (tk-TM)

 

Uyghur (ug-CN)

 

Languages in Joomla 3 but not yet in Joomla 4 or Joomla 5:

Albanian (sq-AL) Armenian (hy-AM) Bengali, Bangladesh (bn-BD) Bosnian (bs-BA) Dari Persian (prs-AF) Dzongkha (dz-BT) Galician (gl-ES) Hindi, India (hi-IN) Malay (ms-MY) Montenegrin (srp-ME) Norwegian Nynorsk (nn-NO) Sinhala (si-LK) Spanish, Colombia (es-CO) Syriac, East (sy-IQ) Turkmen (tk-TM) Uyghur (ug-CN)

Languages in J4 and Joomla 5  but not in J3:

Pashto Afghanistan (ps-AF)

So that's the story of language packs that you can install into Joomla.

My first plea to you is simply this: if you can personally write in any of the languages not in the Joomla 4 and Joomla 5 list, please do consider getting involved and producing the missing language packs.

And if you would like to produce some totally new language packs for Joomla that we have never had before, then please consider putting the time in to promote your language.

Local Community Liaisons, what do they do?

Now, we have established the importance of languages in Joomla and how widely they pervade the project. What are the local community liaisons?

They are the people who put the effort into translating the Joomla release news into their local languages and placing them on their websites.

The translations are then added at the bottom of every release so that people can read about it in their own language, spreading the news to a much wider community than just the English-speaking nations.

The main languages that regularly appear at the bottom of Joomla releases are:

Dutch French German Italian Russian Turkish

Wouldn’t it be great if we could add many, many, more languages to more sites that shout out the Joomla notices in the first language of the reader? You too can join this fantastic group of individuals who take the release notices and spread them to a much wider audience!

The article to be translated is released a day before with artwork and a PSD file of the images so that the graphics can also be localised. 

The articles are not published until the main article goes live, just in case of an issue with the release.

This is an opportunity to do something brilliant for both Joomla and your local community.

If you think you have what it takes to be a local community liaison, then please get in touch with me directly either on Mattermost or if you are not on the main community platform, then email me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can talk through the requirements in more detail.

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