Simple: Language Subtag Registration

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Mon Dec 14 22:26:37 CET 2015

Den 2015-12-14 21:47, skrev "Doug Ewell" <doug at>:

> Luc Pardon wrote:

> This could be addressed by stating that the "additional
> subtag" must
> have the root language + "simple" as its prefix.
> E.g.:
> Subtag: newspeak
> Prefix: en-simple

I believe this is everybody's
> intent.

For what it's worth, the registration form for 'hepburn' said:

> for particular purposes a need arises to tag specific,
> well-defined
subvariants of Hepburn, they can be added in future."

> reiterating how such a tag would be built, since this is
basically already
> described in BCP 47. But it would be harmless to
change the present text to
> "Additional subtags may be registered *for
use with 'simple'* to indicate
> specific varieties if necessary."

I sort of agree, but note that if subtags for a level system is added (and I
think that at some point would be useful), like fr-simple-levelB2, this "for
use with" cannot be formalized as Prefix fields, since "Prefix: *-simple" is
not allowed, and the level system should be language independent.

/Kent K

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