Why can I type 漢字{かんじ}, but not 漢字{かんじ} or 漢字{かんじ}? Is this by design? Do I really need to use inline code formatting for kanji with furigana in italicized or bolded text?

  • I wouldn't really use those variants, though... I mean the emphasized one is not good looking but ok, that is personal taste. But the bold one might be a problem when reading furigana. Tiny text is hard to read when bold. :)
    – Alenanno
    Oct 9 '11 at 11:16
  • @Alenanno Yeah, now that you mention it, Japanese never uses italics. The rub is that it may be helpful to italicize (or emphasize) Japanese characters when they are mixed with English text formatted the same way. Oct 9 '11 at 17:42
  • Are we able to change the color of the text? If so, instead of using bold, it might be useful to highlight the appropriate word in a color.
    – Troyen
    Oct 9 '11 at 20:49
  • @Troyen No it's not possible and my guess is that it's intentional.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 10 '11 at 9:21
  • What about <blink>? Oct 14 '11 at 11:30
  • @AndrewGrimm jk? :)
    – ジョン
    May 25 '12 at 5:11
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    It's been more than a year, and this is still an issue. Can we get a fix for this?
    – rintaun
    Nov 26 '12 at 12:05
  • This appears to be fixed. Can someone confirm?
    – Oded
    Jul 16 '14 at 14:17
  • @Oded The examples of italics and bold in the question don't appear to be working (tested in Chrome and Firefox). We do have a workaround that works fine, though, which you can see in jkerian's answer.
    – user1478
    Jul 16 '14 at 19:04
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    @Oded this issue and others have been fixed with the updated version of the Furigana engine at meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1277 - if you've got a minute, would you be able to update the version used on the site (and if possible, add the script to the mobile site as well)?
    – cypher
    Oct 12 '14 at 10:51
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    @cypher - thanks for letting me know. An update should be happening soon.
    – Oded
    Oct 13 '14 at 19:56
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    @Oded sorry for bothering you again, but there were some people who had issue with Japanese fonts - would it be OK if you could re-update the script?
    – cypher
    Oct 15 '14 at 1:13
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    @cypher - missed your ping... Hurray for xmas break... Updated script is up and running.
    – Oded
    Dec 27 '14 at 19:30
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    @cypher - script updated and also added to mobile versions.
    – Oded
    Jan 5 '16 at 14:10
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    @oded Thanks! It's really great to finally have furigana working everywhere :-)
    – user1478
    Jan 6 '16 at 5:24

This is just because, em and strong tags are not under analyze list to add furigana. I will inform dev team to add those.


Testing this variant: <b>[漢字]​{かんじ}</b>


Seems to work

[漢字]{かんじ} works as well from <i>[漢字]​{かんじ}</i>... but wow is that unreadable

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    FAQ entry edited.
    – jkerian
    May 27 '12 at 4:22

Admins, please consider fixing this bug. Here is a recent actual example.


Without <strong> element: [漢字]{かんじ} (this works)
With **…** markup: [漢字]{かんじ} (this does not work)
With HTML markup: [漢字]{かんじ} (this does not work either)


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