Currently, we've got a script + markdown syntax for rendering furigana.

However, right now this works only on the desktop version of our page.

On the mobile version the markdown is displaced as-is. This is a problem because

  • it makes Japanese text rather hard to read
  • according to quantcast, 1/3 of our visitors are on mobile

Here's how a simple sentence might look like on the mobile version:


This is a short sentence and in my opinion already harder to read than this (it looks identical to the above on mobile):


Using 【】 instead of {} doesn't make it look much better either. See below for a longer example.

If I switch to the desktop version, furigana are working without performance issues on my Samsung Galaxy 3. Navigating is a lot easier on the mobile page, so we shouldn't just tell our users to switch to the desktop version.

Should and can we enable furigana rendering on the mobile version of japanese.stackexchange?

Here's an extreme example from an older question:

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    I really hope this feature will be implemented, because I often use iOS App Stack Exchange to look around japanese.stackexchange. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 4:39
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    We finally have furigana on mobile! Yippee!
    – user1478
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 22:25

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We finally have furigana on mobile! Yippee!

I can confirm it works on Android with Chrome for me too.



I would like to hear if there's a good reason not to have it, but I'm guessing this is just extra work that someone hasn't gotten around to yet.

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