You can add furigana to your questions and answers! If you want to get 感じる【かんじる】, you can type in any of the following:
Sometimes the furigana will end up over the wrong kanji. If that happens, you can use
 to tell it which kanji the furigana are for.
To get 飛【と】び越【こ】える, you can type any of the following:
The style on the left has two advantages:
- It's easier to read on the mobile site (furigana isn't enabled yet on the mobile site).
- Keeping words together, like on the left, helps people find your posts on Google.
So we'd like to encourage people to use the left style.
When should I use furigana?
If a given word is not particularly common, or if the reading is ambiguous, please add furigana to it. As a rule of thumb, please add furigana if you yourself would need a dictionary to read a given word.
Adding furigana to every word is appropriate when writing answers for beginners. If you use a word more than once, you don't need to add furigana every time―just the first will do.
Other users may edit your work to add furigana, particularly in the cases outlined above. Please don't take offense! These users are just trying to make the site more accessible for lower level users.
On the bottom of every page, you can find a 'furigana options' link, which brings up this menu:
If you choose the top-most option, you'll still be able to see the text people enter in curly braces. Instead of appearing as furigana, it'll appear the way they entered it.
You can also choose to hide furigana, instead showing it when you move your mouse over a kanji. If you do this, kanji which have readings available will be underlined with dotted lines. And you can even disable furigana entirely―but remember that furigana can be used for unusual or idiosyncratic readings, so even if you're literate in Japanese, you may not want to hide or disable ruby text.
The font setting here applies everywhere, not just in furigana rendering. If you're having font troubles, try selecting a specific font from this menu.
Preventing furigana rendering
If you need to prevent the system from rendering something as furigana, put a zero-width space before the furigana block. You can do this by writing
​. For example, if you type this:
It will render like this, with furigana disabled:
This is useful if you need to ask about the furigana system on meta.