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Russian Keyboard Layouts [Jan. 25th, 2007|10:09 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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So, it turns out that Linux, Mac, and Windows all have slightly different Russian keyboard layouts for phonetic mode.

Linux is shown in black here, Mac in red (where it differs). Windows isn't shown because there's no built-in phonetic mode... it's all "go download or make your own! fun fun!". So there exists about a dozen different variations on the net to download. Fortunately I don't use Windows.

But the Mac/Linux variation drives me crazy:

I suppose I could change Linux to match Mac, or vice-versa. Also need to switch the key binding to mode switch, but the built-in GNOME GUI for it doesn't give me any overlapping set of choices that the Mac does. More fun!

It's all enough to make me wonder if I should just learn the actual Russian keyboard layout.

P.S. What's with the two-level language/layout distinction in Windows that neither Mac nor Linux makes? I don't understand the difference. Does it actually inform the underlying application what language you're in? I guess I could see Word (spell checkers) using that data. But it seems that language+layout could be stored together as two properties of items in one list, rather than having a two level list... "Pick your language! Now pick your layout!" Which would be fine in a one-time admin GUI, but having two hotkeys to switch language vs. switch layout... wtf? I'm not seeing the use case. Multi-lingual people with 2 physical keyboards plugged in?

[User Picture]From: mart
2007-01-25 07:05 pm (UTC)

Interesting that it replaces the # symbol on the US-English layout, which can sometimes mean “number”, with a different abbreviation for it. I can't say I've ever used # to mean “number”, so why someone thought it was common enough to deserve to be on the keyboard I have no idea. Can't help but wonder how Russian Perl programmers write their comments.

Of course, on UK keyboards they decided to replace the # symbol with the £ symbol, and added a whole new key for # to live on… so clearly the # was important to someone.

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[User Picture]From: breqwas
2007-01-25 08:25 pm (UTC)
Russian perl programmers write in perl, not in Russain :) We use the same # sign for comments.

And note that our keyboards have BOTH layouts: http://breqwas.homeip.net:8000/img/misc/keyb.jpg

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