Another attempt at plain language

Michael Everson everson at
Sat Sep 12 13:37:41 CEST 2015

On 11 Sep 2015, at 22:43, David Starner <prosfilaes at> wrote:
> My issue with a tag like this is that for pretty much any other tag, given a decent-sized chunk of text prototypical for that tag, it could be so tagged. It seems fairly easy to disagree about whether even the most prototypical -plain text is actually -plain or if it's just normal.

I tend to agree. As I said before, "Basic English” is well-defined and a subtag for it would make sense. But this:

> On 12 Sep 2015, at 07:30, Tobias Bengfort <tobias.bengfort at> wrote:
> On 11/09/15 20:44, Shawn Steele wrote:
>> It's also unclear to me that a web developer would create multiple 
>> English versions of a web page to enable this support.
> This is exactly what is required by WCAG:
>    When text requires reading ability more advanced than [...],
>    supplemental content, or a version that does not require
>    reading ability more advanced than [...], is available.
>    -
> This issue is that it is currently not clear how such a simpler version
> would be referenced.

… is not, I think, best solved by a subtag.

Michael Everson *

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