Wikipedia tagging

Peter Constable petercon at
Mon Jul 29 08:31:00 CEST 2013

Are you telling me that Google also does that? (I’m guessing No.)


From: Markus Scherer [ at]
Sent: July 28, 2013 4:04 PM
To: Peter Constable
Cc: ietf-languages at
Subject: Re: Wikipedia tagging

On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM, Peter Constable <petercon at<mailto:petercon at>> wrote:
Can anyone explain why it is that Wikipedia is tagging Simplified Chinese content as simply “zh”?
That’s not good practice and will lead to users encountering buggy behaviour (e.g., content being displayed using the wrong fonts).

I think it is very common that developers assume that "zh" defaults to "zh-Hans-CN", just like they assume that "en" defaults to "en-Latn-US", "de" to "de-Latn-DE", etc.

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