Language Subtag Registration

Felix Sasaki fsasaki at
Wed Oct 28 21:53:12 CET 2015

> Am 29.10.2015 um 03:10 schrieb Michael Everson <everson at>:
> 1. Name of requester: Michael Everson
> 2. E-mail address of requester: everson @
> 3. Record Requested:
>  Type:   variant
>  Subtag: wpsimple
>  Description: Wikipedia Simple English
>  Prefix: en

Assume somebody creates a simple French wikipedia. The new variant then would be:

 Type:   variant
 Subtag: wpsimplefr
 Description: Wikipedia Simple French
 Prefix: fr

Since there is no relation between simple english and simple french. So we would have
wbsimple, denoting simple English 
wbsimplefr, denoting simple French

The usage of wbsimple for simple English then does not sound suitable.



> 4. Intended meaning of the subtag:
> The subtag is intended to represent the controlled language used on This language is a mix of Basic English, VOA Special English, and some more guidelines.
> 5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):
> Wikipedia:Simple English Wikipedia
> Wikipedia:How to write Simple English pages
> 6. Any other relevant information:
> Problem: The Simple English Wikipedia uses "simple" for the domain ( and "en" for its language. This is a problem because:
> * The domain is different from the language code.
> * The language code is the same as in the English Wikipedia.
> These two problems definitely create several issues for the ContentTranslation extension and possibly other components. It's possible to work around them, but it's better to straighten things out by changing the language code.
> This will lead to 
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