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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: jojobear99
2007-01-25 08:17 pm (UTC)
Language settings in windows are wonky. You change the language and suddenly some but not all applications decide to use the new language to display dialogs and menu options. Trying to keep straight which of the numerous "Regional and Language Options" is the one you need to change to make applications show the date in Spanish or to make applications show menus in English or make internet explorer stop defaulting to showing google in spanish cuz I'm tired and don't want foriegn language practice at that moment and so on is confusing and often trial and error to say the least. There does seem to be some bit of notifying the underlying apps what the language settings are...Somehow "I want to see dates and google in Russian" is completely unrelated to "I want to type Russian on my keyboard". More likely use case would be someone who wants to read in one language but type in a different (eg. always type with an english key layout)
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