Well, there are three main steps in russifying any computer: 1) get the software and fonts, 2) install them, 3) use them! I shall try to follow these steps on this page.
So, Step 1 - get the software and fonts.
I am a PC-user with a very modest Mac experience. You, my dear Russian-reading guests, can therefore go to another place for Russification of Macintosh.
And now to Step 2 - russify your browser.
PC users may start with my page, and then continue russification from several other sites, which I will mention below.
To russify your browser, you must have two fonts - one fixed-width font and one proportional font. I prefer using Courier and ER Third Roman. You can download KOI-8 variants of these fonts from my site (59K selfextractor archive).
There are several ways to encode characters: DOS 866, Windows 1251, Alternative, KOI-7 and KOI-8. KOI-8 encoding is a kind of standard for Cyrillic letter transfer over the Internet, so I am using KOI-8 on my Russian page.
If you want to russify your Windows (as I did with my Norwegian Windows), you have to acquire a keyboard driver which can remap you keyboard to Cyrillic key layout and make use of Cyrillic font. The driver I am using is called Winkey. It is very adaptable and reliable, and it is freeware.
To russify your DOS, you'll need TSR ROM-font installers and keyboard remappers. There are several available on the 'Net: USSR, R. R is my favourite - it lets you write and read in all the above-mentioned encodings. Another way to "russify" you computer is to use converters with installed ROM-based Cyrillic fonts. Note also that DOS 6.22 allows you to set up it in Russian mode.
You can find lots of fonts, links to keyboard drivers and converters, which I mentioned above at SovInformBureau's russification page. Another place for russification can be Moscow State University
I hope you downloaded and expanded the two fonts needed for your browser. Now you must install them in your Windows. You can do it either using Windows standard installation utility, or through my Fontviewer.
Well, to Step 3.
When font installation is done, turn your attention to your browser (I am using Netscape, and I hope you use it too - don't let Microsoft take over the 'Net!). The following procedure is for Netscape 1.x through 3.x:
Go to Options - General Preferences... Choose then Fonts. In For the Encoding drop-down list choose User Defined. Then click on Choose Font next to Use the Proportional Font, and select ER Third Roman KOI-8, size 11 dpi (if you run in 640x480, 12 dpi in 800x600 or 13 dpi in 1024x768). Click on OK. Then click on Choose Font next to Use the Fixed Font and select ROL-K8-Courier, size 10 dpi. Click on OK. And once again on OK.
Netscape 4.x has Preferences placed under Edit menu. There you can choose Cyrillic option from the list of languages. When changing encoding, you do it also from Edit menu. Netscape automatically remaps the specified Cyrillic font to KOI-8, 866 or 1251 encodings. Choose Cyrillic KOI-8 from the encoding list.
You are almost at the finish line. Now choose Options - Document Encoding - User Defined.
Go to my Russian page and verify that you can read it!
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