<rt>: The Ruby Text element

The <rt> HTML element specifies the ruby text component of a ruby annotation, which is used to provide pronunciation, translation, or transliteration information for East Asian typography. The <rt> element must always be contained within a <ruby> element.

Try it

See the article about the <ruby> element for more examples.

Content categories None.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission The end tag may be omitted if the <rt> element is immediately followed by an <rt> or <rp> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element
Permitted parents A <ruby> element.
Implicit ARIA role No corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element only includes the global attributes.


Using ruby annotations

This simple example provides Romaji transliteration for the kanji characters within the <ruby> element:


The output looks like this in your browser:


HTML Standard
# the-rt-element

Browser compatibility

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See also