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These pages were designed to be read with your borrower's font setting at either 12 or 14 points, which translates roughly into the "Medium" setting in Internet Explorer (View/ Text Size/ Medium). Other sizes may affect the poem's line breaks. If you have changed your Windows display setting to large fonts, you will need to set your browser font setting to 10 points in order to make the line breaks display correctly.
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The entire site is encoded in KOI-8, which is the most widely used and supported encoding for Russian web pages currently on the Web (well, for UNIX and DOS platforms, in any case). However, links may lead you off-site to other pages using different encodings. Set your browser to choose encoding automatically (View/ Encoding/ Auto-Select). I've noticed that many older sites are incorrectly set up and the end user must guess and manually change the encodings.
Question: Why don't the Cyrillic characters display correctly?
Answer: Click here for Mac instructions, or continue reading below for PC directions.
For P.C. Users: Read the following, and if you still have
questions, consult Paul
Gorodyansky's excellent and thorough discussion of Cyrillic in
Windows and the Internet. (Vy
mozhete naiti informatsiiu po-russki zdes' v kodirovke KOI-8.)
Here are step-by-step directions for cyrillicizing Windows:
If the above does not work, it means you have an older version
of Windows 95/98/ME. Follow these directions:
With the above, you can read Cyrillic documents in Windows. If you want to type in Russian, you need to activate the Cyrillic keyboard.
If all has gone well, you can switch between your default layout and the Russian layout by simultaneously pressing left ALT and SHIFT.
Tip: An indicator on the taskbar shows what keyboard you are in at the moment. You may assign different keys to switch between layouts.
Once you've done the above, it's time to change the keyboard layout to a simple to learn phonetic variant of your QWERTY keyboard and instructions. The following directions for changing your keyboard layout holds true for 95, 98, and ME versions of Window. Windows NT users, please consult SovInformBureau.
If you follow these directions, you will have a keyboard like this:
ñ û å ò ô ù õ é ï ð à ý
Notice the E is where the E is on your keyboard, the K where the K is, etc. The letter û is where the "w" is, and ã is where the "c" is. The only tricky ones are really those on the far right of the keyboard (À, Ý, Ü, Ø, Ö). Generally, good typists can learn to type quickly on the homophonic keyboard within a few hours.
For Mac users: For Mac users, anyone with Mac OS9 should find all drivers already installed in their system. For many users this is all that will be necessary. If you do not have Mac OS 9 or still want to "Russify" your system, some free software is available: Ultimate Cyrillic Script from the Macintosh Club of St. Petersburg and Crussify from Apple in Russia. We have had reports that the Ultimate Cyrillic Script played havoc with some users' computers, although we've also used it on dozens of computers with no problems. Finally, beta testers have had a persistent difficulty viewing this site on older versions of Netscape on the Macintosh platform. The easiest solution to this problem is to use Internet Explorer.
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