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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: pavelusa
2007-01-25 08:04 pm (UTC)
> Oh, neat!

Had to buy a domain because people complained that it's hard to remember such long URL while in an Internet-cafe, so here it is:


> I am using Cyrillic Keyboard application to type in
> russian in phonetic mode.
> ...But application sometimes conflicts with the system
> and makes me crazy.
> I would rather to use something more stable.
> What are you using to type in phonetic mode?

There is 100 times safer (and 100 times simpler) way to the _the same_ - takes (one time job) 19 minutes to tune-up regular _system_ keyboard to the same Phonetic mode -
htere is nothing better, simpler and troublefree than regular system input!
And while using Phonetic layout with system keyboard, you also can easily modify it to your liking.

All that is described on the site already listed above, but here is the direct link:
http://Phon.RusWin.net (in Russian)
or in English the same: http://Phonetic.RusWin.net


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[User Picture]From: olgana
2007-01-26 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll try.
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