rb (HTML element)

Spec
Depr. Empty Version
No No XHTML 1.1
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF3.5 SA4 OP10 CH2
Full None None None None

Syntax

<rb>
</rb>

Description

The rb element is a child element of the ruby element, and is used to contain the characters that require pronunciation help or are displayed as a learning aid.

For simple ruby markup, only one rb element may appear. However, there are more complex mechanisms for marking up ruby—including the use of the rbc element—which do allow for the presence of multiple instances of the rb element.

Example

An example usage of rb:

<ruby>
 <rb>家辺 勝文</rb>
 <rt>liaison</rt>
</ruby>

Use This For …

This element is used to contain foreign characters that require annotation.

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
Full Full Full Full None None None None None None None None None None None None None

Only Internet Explorer offers any support for text marked up using ruby at this time. Other browsers ignore the markup and display the ruby text in the order in which it appears in the source.

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