Terminology

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This list of words and terms is intended to help create consistency, which also helps with translation.

For general spelling and definitions use Lexico(powered by Oxford). Use the US Dictionary.

There are three categories of terms:

= Preferred term

! = Use with caution

= Do not use

Use italics for proposed changes and additions.


Characters   0–9   A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


—Characters—
! & (ampersand)
Only use "&" when part of a proper noun or a common abbreviation, such as Baker & Taylor or R&D. Otherwise use "and".
—0–9—
—A—
allowlist
Use "allowlist", not "whitelist"
and
Use "and" instead of &, unless part of a proper noun or a common abbreviation. For example: Notices and slips, not Notices & slips; Baker & Taylor, R&D.
anonymize
Use "anonymize" instead of "anonymise", default to American English spelling rules
anonymise
Use "anonymize" instead of "anonymise", default to American English spelling rules
authority
Do not use, Use "authority record", not "authority".
authority record
Use "authority record", not "authority".
authorized value
Use "authorized value", not "authorised value".
authorised value
Do not use, Use "authorized value", not "authorised value".
Traditional English, use US English instead
auto-renewal
Use "auto-renewal", not "auto renewal" or "autorenewal"
auto renewal
Do not use, Use "auto-renewal", not "auto renewal".
autorenewal
Do not use, Use "auto-renewal", not "autorenewal".
—B—
biblio
Do not use, Use "bibliographic record".
bibliographic record
Use "bibliographic record", not "biblio".
blacklist
Do not use, Use "denylist".
bookseller
Do not use, Use "vendor".
branch
Do not use, Use "library", not "branch".
! budget
Use "budget" with caution, denotes a period of time a "fund" is valid. Do not use "budget period".
budget period
Do not use, Use "budget".
—C—
! call number (noun)
Use "call number", not "callnumber" or "call no." or "call no"
! check-in (noun)
Use "check-in", not "return".
! check in (verb)
Use "check in", not "checkin" or "return".
! checkout (noun)
Use "checkout", not "check out" or "issue".
! check out (verb)
Use "check out", not "checkout" or "issue".
—D—
debarment
Do not use, Use "restriction".
denylist
Use "denylist", not "blacklist"
display/don't display
Do not use in system preference options, use "show/don't show".
—E—
—F—
fund
Use "fund", not "budget".
—G—
gender
Use "gender", not "sex".
—H—
hold
Use "hold", not "reserve" or "request".
—I—
intranet
Do not use. Use "staff interface", not "staff client", "staff intranet", or "intranet".
! issue (noun)
Use with caution, Use "Serial issue"
Do not use to describe the action of loaning an item, Use "checkout".
issue (verb)
Do not use, Use "check out".
item
Use "item", not "document".
—J—
—K—
Koha
Use "Koha", not "KOHA" or "koha" when referring to the Koha integrated library software and the Koha project.
Koha is not an abbreviation, initialism, or acronymn.
KOHA
Do not use. Use "Koha" when referring to the Koha integrated library software and the Koha project.
—L—
library
Use "library", not "branch".
list
Use "list", not "shelf" or "virtual shelf".
log in (verb)
Use "login" when referring to...
login (noun)
Use "login" when referring to...
logout
Do not use. Use "log out" to refer to the action of a user logging out of the system


list
Use "list", not "shelf" or "virtual shelf".
—M—
—N—
notice
Use "notice", not "letter".
Use "slip" when a notice is to be printed on a receipt printer.
—O—
OPAC
Use "OPAC", not "Opac" or "opac" when abbreviating online public access catalog(ue), including in system preference names.
—P—
patron
Use "patron", not "member" or "borrower".
preference
Do not use when referring to Koha's system preferences. Use "system preference".
—Q—
—R—
restriction
Use "restriction", not "debarment".
request
Do not use, Use "hold".
reserve
Do not use, Use "hold".
return (noun)
Do not use, Use "check-in".
return (verb)
Do not use, Use "check in".
—S—
sex
Do not use. Use "gender", not "sex".
shelf
Do not use. Use "list".
show/don't show
Use "show/don't show" in system preference options, not "display/don't display".
slip
Use "slip" to denote a "notice" that is intended to be printed by a receipt print.
staff client
Do not use. Use "staff interface", not "staff client", "staff intranet", or "intranet".
staff interface
Use "staff interface", not "staff client", "staff intranet", or "intranet".
staff intranet
Do not use. Use "staff interface", not "staff client", "staff intranet", or "intranet".
supplier
Do not use, Use "vendor".
system preference
Use "system preference" when referring to Koha's system preferences, not "preference".
—T—
—U—
—V—
vendor
Use "vendor", not "bookseller" or "supplier".
virtual shelf
Do not use. Use "list".
—W—
whitelist
Do not use, Use "allowlist".
—X—
—Y—
—Z—
ZIP
Use "ZIP", not "Zip" or "zip" when referring to the zipcode/postcode address field.
ZIP is an acronymn.

See Also

Interface_patterns