Ruby/Phonetic Guides/Furigana/振り仮名 [ふりがな]

FULIGANA” is the notation on japanese characters that includes the Hiragana script next to the chinese character so the reader will be aware of the reading method.

For example:
かん じ
漢 字

If you want to write FULIGANA on Mac OS X, the fastest route is to download NeoOffice for Mac OS X, open a new document, and choose “Format” / “Asian phonetic guide…”.

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In addition to NeoOffice, other Furigana support includes:

  • Microsoft Word (though I’m not sure how to use it…)
  • Egword – which has been discontinued as of Jan 2008
  • Adobe Indesign – Japanese version
  • LightWayText is rumored to be “worth trying”, though I haven’t yet…
  • NOTE: iWork Pages does not support Furigana at this time

It would be great if I could use this editor… But it seems to no longer be available.


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References:
See: http://liliy.net/blog/?p=30
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furigana
See: http://pagesfaq.blogspot.com/2006/11/which-languages-does-pages-support.html
See: http://homepage.mac.com/thgewecke/TypingJapanese.html
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kana

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