Re: What I meant by furigana codes

From: John Hudson (
Date: Sun Jul 02 2000 - 14:41:21 EDT

At 02:37 PM 7/1/00 -0800, Michael \(michka\) Kaplan wrote:

>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

>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).

I've wondered about this. For instance, could the RUBY element and the OT
<ruby> layout feature be used for the tonal annotations for Ge'ez texts? In
any case, Furigana is definitely what Adobe had in mind when they
registered the <ruby> feature, as is evident from the feature description.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

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