Well, its not entirely fair to say that Furigana is another way of saying
Ruby in OpenType, since Furigana predates OpenType entirely, as well as the
HTML/DHTML RUBY element.
They do provide the same functionality though... Furigana is best described
as a pronunciation description, which I believe is a fair description for
the HTML RUBY element/object, right? Although I believe RUBY can be used for
other annotations/descriptions as well (its been a while since I have looked
at it, so I am not 100% sure on this one).
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Hudson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Unicode List" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2000 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: What I meant by furigana codes
> At 04:04 AM 7/1/00 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> >Furigana codes would simply mark certain text as furigana, meaning to
> >the text-display device, "These characters are not to be displayed on
> >the main line of text, but rather above it and in smaller type". There
> >ought to be <furi kana="...."> and </furi> codes, or the equivalent,
> >in HTML; at least that is my opinion. The tag <furi kana="...."> would
> >indicate the start of the characters that the furigana is to be placed
> >over. The input kana="...." would tell the browser what the kana are.
> >The </furi> tag would indicate the end of the characters to be given
> I'm presuming, from your description, that Furigana is another term for
> Ruby. There is a <ruby> OpenType layout feature, which will be published
> with the next version of the OpenType spec, and this provides font support
> for Ruby/Furigana text. I think it would be the responsibility of
> application and markup language developers and standards bodies to decide
> how to tag this kind of text, and obviously such tagging could work with
> the OT feature in line layout and glyph positioning.
> Note that this is a text tagging issue, not a Unicode issue, unless you
> feel that there is some need to indicate Ruby/Furigana in plain text. At
> some point, plain text ceases to be plain if you decide that layout
> information needs to be encoded.
> John Hudson
> Tiro Typeworks
> Vancouver, BC
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