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Spasibo. Ja sam amerikanyets, Vsio taki nevozmozhno chitat' pis'ma ot druzej. Vidny tol'ko malen'kie kvadraty.
Once I located a browser which would read the articles linked above, they provided some interesting information. But it still doesn't answer my question. Why will Konqueror, etc read Cyrillic but the GTK-based stuff won't? Is it because they use different software to parse the characters?
I'll accept if Slackware 9.1 base install contains some shortcoming which didn't do something or other. Just curious.
I've seen similar problems trying to browse non-Latin stuff like Japanese.
Usually this problem is caused by there not being appropriate True Type fonts available for the text you are trying to display. Some programs are using fontconfig/XFT (Mozilla, Gnome, Gimp 1.3, etc.) while others are not (Konqueror, Gimp 1.2, etc.). The programs that use XFT are often set to use only True Type fonts, and there are no Cyrillic True Type fonts included with Slackware to begin with.