Here is the keyboard layout used on the "Russian for Gringos 3" keyboard. It is the same as the "Russian for Gringos 2" keyboard except that it has been built to run under Windows Vista. The letter positions are the same as the AATSEEL student homophonic keyboard. The other keys are the same as an American keyboard except that numero symbol (№) fills the # position, left and right кавычки (guillemets) take the place of the less-than and greater-than symbols on the comma and period keys, and a combining acute accent mark takes the place of the forward slash (solidus). The em dash (―) is produced by pressing the control key and the hyphen at the same time. The forward slash is produced by pressing the control key and forward slash key at the same time.
Two step installation instructions
Step 1: Download and unzip
Right click on this link russianr.zip to download the russianq.zip file and save it to your hard disk. Then unzip the file somewhere where you'll remember to look for it in the future, say, in "Desktop."
Step 2: Install the keyboard
Using the keyboard
- Installation fails
- You must not skip the instruction to unzip the russianr.zip file. Installation will not work from inside a zip file. If you see a zipper on the folder, that means it's still zipped.
- The font changes when going from Russian to English or vice versa
- When working in MS Word 2003, switching from Russian to English may cause the font to switch from the current font to another font. Apparently this version of MS Word relies on language data embedded in OpenType fonts to determine whether the current font supports the input language selected by the language bar, and it automatically switches to other fonts when the expected identifiers are missing. To work around this problem, limit yourself to using fonts that have language data embedded in them; I've observed no difficulties when working with 2003's versions of Times New Roman or Arial. I suspect that all the OpenType fonts that come with the current version of MS Word have that data embedded. This "feature" is particularly irritating when dealing with older fonts. One way to work around this feature is to use the MS Keyboard Layout Creator to make a font with an intentionally mislabelled language feature. Thus for me to work with Russian characters under the SIL Gentium font, I created a version of this keyboard that labels Russian characters as Canadian English. It's a hack, but it works.
- Ctrl-hyphen and Ctrl-slash don't make em dash and slash
- Some programs like MS Word bind the control keys to their own functions. To make the em dash and the slash work in Word, you must either unbind the keys using the customize function, or else access them using Word's own shortcuts which you can find using the menu sequence Insert/Symbol/Special Characters.
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