In computing, Russification involves the localization of computers and software, allowing the user interface of a computer and its software to communicate in the Russian language using Cyrillic script.
History of the MS-DOS russification
The first official Russification of MS-DOS was carried out for MS-DOS 4.01 in 1989/1990, released on 1990-04-09. In Microsoft, the Russification project manager and one of its main developers was Nickolay Lyubovny (Николай Любовный). A Russian version of MS-DOS 5.0 was also developed in 1991, released on 1991-08-09. Based on an initiative of Microsoft Germany in March 1991, derivates of the Russian MS-DOS 5.0 drivers used for keyboard, display and printer localization support (DISPLAY.SYS, EGA.CPI, EGA2.CPI, KEYB.COM, KEYBOARD.SYS, MSPRINT.SYS, COUNTRY.SYS, ALPHA.EXE) could also be purchased separately (with English messages) as part of Microsoft's AlphabetPlus kit. This enabled English issues of MS-DOS 3.3, 4.01 and 5.0 to be set up for Eastern European countries like Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria.
Russification of Microsoft Windows
- Yuri Starikov, 15 Years of Russian MS-DOS 4.01 (Russian)
- http://www.developers.org.ua/archives/koldovsky/2007/09/17/yuriy-starikov-interview/ (Russian)
- "Tips on viewing Cyrillic text", U.S. LOC (assessed September 28, 2007)
- Modern Online (Virtual) Keyboard for Russian (not just alphabet order)
- Online Keyboard for Russian
- Virtual Russian Online Keyboard with Spellcheck
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