Language Subtag Registration

Michael Everson everson at
Thu Oct 29 06:15:32 CET 2015

On 28 Oct 2015, at 22:24, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> Michael Everson wrote:
>> Perhaps this can be finessed. Either we say “Wikipedia Simple Language
>> Version” with en as the prefix adding fr or de or ru later, or to keep
>> “Wikipedia Simple English” and add “Wikipedia Simple French” etc later
>> at need.
> I mean, I'm not complaining or anything, but gosh, you've been so adamant in the past against variants that can apply to different languages without meaning precisely the same thing, that this does come as a surprise.

This would be governed by the set of special rules held by the Wikimedia foundation for such projects. As such it could be considered a house style (cf. oxendict) applied multilingually. 

> Simple English and français fondamental would certainly be different in the details. They'd be quite similar in intent, of course, but the same could have been said for Early Modern English and Early New High German.

Yes; this is for functionality though, in addition to simple identification. 


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