Another attempt at plain language

Michael Everson everson at
Sat Sep 12 13:30:56 CEST 2015

On 11 Sep 2015, at 19:40, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> Shawn Steele <Shawn dot Steele at Microsoft dot com> wrote:
>> Who wants to tag things in this way?  (Whatever the definition is?)
> Tobias asked for this to be able to indicate that a web page is written
> to comply with W3C accessibility guidelines.

I think that making such compliance claims is outside the scope of what we are doing. 

> IMHO that points rather strongly toward "simple language" in the sense
> of being understandable by young, second-language, or less intelligent
> readers, not "plain language" in the sense of avoiding legalistic "party
> of the first part, party of the second part" jargon and circumlocution.

A subtag for dialect is one thing. A subtag for this vague and undefined discourse style is quite another. 

Michael Everson *

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