Language Subtag Registration -- "wpsimple"

Mark Davis ☕️ mark at
Fri Oct 30 18:07:18 CET 2015

I think the opposite. We don't fully specify what "de" means when coming
from any of thousands of sources, yet is it quite useful. Overspecification
makes the system *less* useful rather than *more* useful.

de-simple would be perfectly meaningful, and mark some simplified version
of de. Anyone with a website that needs two versions, ordinary and simple,
could use that.

IF it became necessary to have further qualifications, those could be added:


The advantage of this system is that a consumer of the tag can use the
standard progressive truncation and get something that is more likely to be
useful for the user.

I agree with Michael that this is a common enough need to have a
standardized tag. A private use tag for a common need just makes everyone's
lives more complicated.


On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 8:22 AM, Peter Constable <petercon at>

> I think that generalization would not be helpful. Once you do that, then
> foo-wpsimple becomes available for anybody to use with absolutely no
> convention as to what "wpsimple" is supposed to mean, making it basically
> useless except in a private context.
> Peter
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ietf-languages [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On
> Behalf Of Michael Everson
> Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 6:07 AM
> To: ietflang IETF Languages Discussion <ietf-languages at>
> Cc: amir.aharoni at
> Subject: Re: Language Subtag Registration -- "wpsimple"
> On 30 Oct 2015, at 01:54, Peter Constable <petercon at> wrote:
> >
> > We should have variant subtags that refer to a particular variety. I
> don't mind if that variety happens to be one associated with a particular
> organization or application, so long as it has potential utility beyond
> that organization or application.
> I have already said that wpsimple would be extensible to other Wikimedia
> Foundation variants.
> Michael
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