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Old 02-26-2004, 11:35 PM   #1
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Typing in Cyrillic on Slackware 9.1 / KDE 2.14

I am attempting to make my Wife's computer (Slackware 9.1 / KDE 2.14) fully support cyrillic (she is a Russianist, and needs to type/print cyrillic), and I have found some of the forums pertaining to setting up cyrillic.. But I still have a few questions.

1.) How would I make it so that by default she would use latin text, but could switch to cyrillic quickly?

2.) Anyone know of any good documentation on how to swap between latin and cyrillic?

3.) If I get this working in KDE, will I need to do anything special to support typing in cyrillic in OpenOffice?

4.) I noticed one person had sucess using the 'font installer in KDE' I looked in the control panel, but couldn't find anything that installed fonts? Does anyone know the exact location of this utility?

5.) When printing webpages that were in cyrillic (thru Opera) or when I copied the text into Kate, all that printed out was a bunch of 1's and commas. Anyone have any experience with something like this? (I am using a Samsung ML 1400, with CUPS) Or do you think this bug will be worked out once I get cyrillic fully installed?

BTW, I am getting her stickers for her keyboard that have the cyrillic/latin equivalents...

Thanks a Bundle,

Old 02-27-2004, 06:27 PM   #2
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I can't say this helps specifically in KDE but: and may help
Old 02-28-2004, 12:27 AM   #3
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I will have her use those as a last result, but I would really like something that is integrated into the OS/WM (or wherever this sort of thing would go). Thanks for the suggestions.
Old 02-28-2004, 03:52 AM   #4
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Make sure your /etc/X11/XF86Config has its Files section starting as (cyrillic added)

Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"

Xkb allows to use nonstandard keyboard layouts in X-Windows. For example, the follwoing example introduces 104-keys english/russian keyboard with Ctrl-Shift as layout switcher and Scroll Lock LED as the alternative layout indicator.

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us,ru(winkeys)"
Option "XkbOptions" "grp:ctrl_shift_toggle,grp_led:scroll"

Make sure file /etc/X11/xkb/X0-config.keyboard does not exist otherwise it will be used by default for Xkb definitions. Hope this helps, good luck!
Old 02-28-2004, 11:50 PM   #5
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Thank you so much! That was far easier than I had expected... I wonder if there is a place that this could be posted, where people in need could easily find it. At any rate, it worked for everything in KDE (openoffice, opera, etc.), and I can change the font as normal too.

Thanks again!


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