Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com
Tue Dec 1 00:01:09 CET 2015
> What might spell-checkers or grammar-checkers flag if anyone developed software to support “en-simple"?
By Wikipedia's own description a spell checker seems precluded, since it allows extending the vocabulary when necessary.
If Wikipedia want's to make a spell checker, then an en-x-wpsimple is sufficient. If Wikipedia wants to interoperate with the readers (rather than the developers), then they need something less explicit so that the reader's computer's have a chance of providing Wikipedia with a useful tag.
En-simple could work as a valid http-accept-language on Wikipedia or Voice of America or CNN or wherever someone wanted a simplified reading level. Having the user select "English (United States, Simplified)" from their user settings would make detection of those cases automatic and be far more useful to the community that would benefit from such a declaration. I can't say "en-US-voa-wpsimple-...."
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