Joomla Announcements

Nicolas Steenhout Joins Development Team

Joomla! looks set to improve its Standards, Usability and Accessibility (SUA) with the appointment of Nicolas Steenhout to the development team as the SUA Team Leader.

ImageNic, 37, of New Zealand, brings a wealth of talent and experience in web standards and compliance. Nic's role with the development team will accelerate the process of Joomla's framework meeting accepted standards.

Nic is currently a disability advisor to a New Zealand hospital board and runs his own consultancy services, with a focus on disability. In his "spare time", he operates his web design and hosting company.

His passion for web standards is revealed in a question and answer session with Peter Russell this week.

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Open Source Developers Rally to Help Katrina Evacuees

An international consortium of web designers and developers has joined forces to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

ImageWith the launch of the Katrina Evacuee Help Center at, there is now, for the first time, a "one stop shop" for evacuees, families looking to reunite, and the people working to assist them.

A call for help was posted by Pastor Jay Dearman, who runs the site, to the Joomla! Open Source community forum five days ago. (

"There are people posting desperate messages for help in different places all over the Internet, on news sites, and on missing persons' registers," Pastor Dearman said. "We need a centralized registry and we need it fast."

As a result the international consortium was quickly formed under the leadership of Peter Koch of Switzerland.

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Joomla! Logo competition launched


In our current logo suggestion forum we have seen a wealth of talent from our many members. Now the Core team of Joomla! would like to officially invite entries in our logo contest. The logo contest is open to all community members and will decide the Official Logo for Joomla!. People with a great idea are encouraged to submit it regardless of their ability to render a final version.

The logo contest will run in the following format...

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