Is there a subtag for 'plain English' or 'simplified English'

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Dec 19 18:52:43 CET 2006

Peter Constable scripsit:

> This discussion needs to be put in the context of some specific
> application. In a specific application, random style distinctions are
> not likely to be needed. If someone needs to annotate content with
> detailed characterizations of usage, then a language tag is not the
> right mechanism.

The specific application is legal documents that exist in two forms,
technical and plain-English (as required by "plain English" statutes,
which prescribe equivalences between plain-English terms and legal-technical
ones.  The difficulty is that there are a lot of such statutes,
particulary in the U.S. with its fifty-one jurisdictions.

John Cowan  cowan at
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        --Brian K. Reid

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