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Offline Numsgil

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« on: March 09, 2005, 03:45:58 AM »
This is mostly just curiosity, but how do you write non english into a computer?  If you have a roughly latin language, the standard english keyboard is pretty close to what you need anyway, but what about Russian?

How does that work?
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2005, 09:23:50 AM »
They have different symbols on the keyboard.

You should see a Japanese computer. They have about 4 symbols per key and have to use a lot of shift/alt/ctrl functions to get them.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2005, 11:26:25 AM »
You should see a l337 keyboard.  It has the same amount of keys, but half the letters.  Mostly made up of "omgrofl!!!" "lollerskate!"  and "d00d".  :)

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2005, 11:28:10 AM »
I was actually being serious though.

I have worked in Tokyo and seen these people using them.

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2005, 11:32:32 AM »
Oh, not trying to discredit you, I've seen them too.

One of many reasons why I like to stick to the good ol' romance languages (or strings thereof).

You can actually type in other languages that use somewhat of a latin alphabet (a, b, c, d, etc.), the letters with ` or ~ or such above the heads can be inserted with MS Word (Insert > Symbol) or entered with an alt-code (I.e. Alt+168, which is an upside-down question mark:  ¿).
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2005, 12:08:03 PM »
For Russian it is not the symbols "on" the keyboard, but rather how computer interprets the same keystrokes.  I can switch between English and Russian by pressing a certain combination of keys (left Alt + Shift) and the same keys will now produce different symbols.  Sometimes people put two sets of symbols on the keyboard, say English in black and a little lower russian in red, but I learned to type in Russian without looking at the keyboard, so mine looks exactly as any other english-language one.
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