Simple: Language Subtag Registration

Michael Everson everson at
Sun Dec 13 21:10:21 CET 2015


File-Date: 2015-xx-xx
Type: variant
Subtag: simple
Description: Simplified form
Added: 2015-xx-xx



1. Name of requester: Michael Everson
2. E-mail address of requester: everson @
3. Record Requested:

Type:   variant
Subtag: simple
Description: Simplified form

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

The subtag is intended to represent a generic simplification of a root language. Additional subtags may be registered to indicate a specific form if necessary. 

5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

Omitted.  There are numerous schemes for simplifying many languages. Names of some of these include Ogden’s Basic English, Voice of America English, Wikipedia Simplified English, Français fondamental, Latino sine flexione, and so on. 

6. Any other relevant information:

"Simplification of language" here refers to ways of controlling expressions in a language to make reading or comprehension easier for particular target audiences, such as children or adults with limited education, second-language learners, or people with cognitive disabilities. Simplification of language can also be used for other purposes, such as providing source content that can be more easily translated into multiple languages. Examples of ways in which expressions are made simpler might include use of limited vocabulary, or avoidance of certain grammatical constructions.

This subtag represents a generic simplification of a language. For a given language, certain agencies or user communities may formulate rules for how to simplify expressions; this subtag does not distinguish any particular simplified language varieties. For many usage scenarios involving simplified forms of language, this generic subtag may suffice. Additional subtags may be registered to indicate specific varieties if necessary.

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