Pending requests

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Wed Dec 2 01:54:04 CET 2015

I included VoA primarily as a demonstration of extensibility for the strawman.  We do not necessarily need to include it down. AFAIK it's not being requested.

I have no fundamental objection to additional levels of precision, though I'm not quite certain how to best make that concept portable or usable.  And again, there's no immediate request for those so I see no need to make a solution for a hypothetical scenario.

It would be possible to say en-simple-level2-voice or en-simple-voice2, but both have their own ways of being awkward, and "level 2" on one website (or book) may not be similar to a level 2 on another site.

I'd be happy with just -simple for now and see if that gets traction and if people start asking for better fidelity later....


-----Original Message-----
From: Kent Karlsson [mailto:kent.karlsson14 at] 
Sent: December 1, 2015 3:58 PM
To: Shawn Steele <Shawn.Steele at>; Doug Ewell <doug at>; John Cowan <cowan at>; Michael Everson <everson at>
Cc: ietflang IETF Languages Discussion <ietf-languages at>; Amir E. Aharoni <amir.aharoni at>
Subject: Re: Pending requests

1) VoA now calls this "Learning English", NOT "Special English".

2) VoA has three levels of "simplicity". See

3) Some other simple language news sites also use several levels. E.g.

/Kent K

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