<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.


This element only includes the global attributes.


Using ruby annotations

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

<ruby><rt>Kan</rt><rt>ji</rt> </ruby>


Technical summary

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


HTML Standard
# the-rt-element

Browser compatibility

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See also