text is based on the Russify
Everything which presents the topic of Russian language support in a
much wider perspective. I would like to recommend reading it in
order to get a better understanding of computer Rusification issues.
follows is a short instruction which I use for installing Russian support
after reinstallation of Windows-9x (which occasionally happens, alas).
It covers briefly all essential aspects of to enabling work with Russian
Installation of Cyrillic Fonts and standard Cyrillic
Keyboard for Windows-9x.
Installation of Phonetic Cyrillic
Keyboard in place of standard one.
Conversion of Cyrillic texts
from one encoding into another.
install Russian language support (Cyrillic Fonts and standard Cyrillic
Keyboard) for Windows-9x do the following:
Start from the Desktop.
My Computer icon.
Control Panel icon.
Install Cyrillic Fonts:
Add/Remove Programs icon.
Windows Setup tab.
Multilanguage Support line from "Components" list.
Cyrillic Language Support box.
Install Cyrillic Keyboard:
Enable indicator on taskbar box.
Close everything and reboot your PC (don't reboot, if you
want Phonetic keyboard).
Windows-9x Russian language support is installed and Current Language
indicator is in the tray. Language can be changed by hitting
[Ctrl]+[Shift] or by clicking Current Language Indicator and
choosing from a pop-up list.
the keyboard which gets installed has a standard Russian typewriter
layout. Being quite a poor typist, I prefer a
phonetic keyboard which is much more
intuitive and easier to handle. I've got the keyboard layout file
from Russify Everything.
To install phonetic keyboard do the following:
KBDRU-PH.EXE phonetic keyboard file. Save it right to
WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory (folder).
MS DOS Prompt, change directory (folder) to
WINDOWS\SYSTEM and enter KBDRU-PH command.
After command execution close MS DOS Prompt.
WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory (folder) with your file
KBDRU-PH.EXE file (it is no longer needed).
KBDRU.KBD file into KBDRU-ST.KBD (to reserve
KBDRU-PH.KBD file to KBDRU.KBD (to substitute
standard file and keep source - just in case...). Alternatively you can delete KBDRU.KBD file and then
rename KBDRU-PH.KBD file into KBDRU.KBD.
Close everything and reboot your PC.
Those seemingly excessive manoeuvres of downloading self-extracting ZIP of
15Kb+ only to obtain from it one file of 800b are unfortunately necessary
to ensure that KBDRU-PH.KBD has always correct length of exactly800 bytes.
use Russian with Netscape Navigator first install Russian support for
Windows-9x as described above and then do the following:
Start Netscape Navigator.
Preferences from a pull-down list.
Cyrillic from "For the Encoding" list.
Times New Roman Cyr from "Variable Width Font" list.
Courier New Cyr from "Fixed Width Font" list.
Mail & Groups.
By default, send HTML messages
check installation of Russian to Netscape Navigator have a look at Russian
phonetic keyboard layout and send E-mail with
Russian text to yourself (you should get it right).
Wordpad seems to be the most accessible tool for working with Russian
texts (creating new and editing existing). To use Russian with
Wordpad do the following:
Start Wordpad (normally:
Accessories - Wordpad).
Better yet create a shortcut to Wordpad in the Start
Make sure that
Format bar is always displayed
(View - make Format bar checked).
If you are editing existing text, you have to format
entire text as Cyrillic:
Open text file (hit
[Ctrl]+[O] and select
Select entire text by
[Ctrl]+[A] or thru menu.
Pull down font list of the
Courier New (Cyrillic), or
Times New Roman (Cyrillic), or
any other . . . (Cyrillic) font line.
Switch keyboard as necessary to
[Ctrl]+[Shift] or mouse) or En
as you type your text.
If you are working with a mixed language text, watch
language indicator as you are typing. Cursor
movements can cause language to switch back and forth
Ru and En.
It is also important for mixed language text to watch
what you are typing. If junk gets displayed
when you type in
Ru mode, switch to
En and then back to Ru to
When done with text creation or editing, save changes
it is necessary to convert Cyrillic text from one encoding into another.
There are several conversion programs around and all of them do a good
conversion job. I am using CVT32 which I've got from
To install this conversion program do the following: