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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
FOR CONFIGURING YOUR COMPUTER TO READ CYRILLIC
 
 
 
WINDOWS 95
 
 
 

Step 1: Download Cyrillic Language Support Pack for Windows95 

Click here to see how Microsoft explained it Click here to see how to install fonts in Windows 95 and for Windows 3.1

You do not need it if you have your Windows95 installation CD or use Pan-European version of Windows 95.

Go to "Start" - "Settings" - "Control Panel" - "Add/Remove Programs" - "Windows Setup" - "Multilanguage Support" - "Details" and check "Cyrillic language support" option. If your Windows95 comes on floppy disks - you will need to download Lang.exe file from the link above. After downloading it open Windows Explorer (File Manager):

1) Double-click the file Lang.exe. This will cause it to de-compress itself.
2) Open the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel, select the "Windows Setup" tab, and click the "Have Disk..." button.
3) In the "Install from Disk" dialog, enter the location where Lang.exe was run, and click OK.
4) Choose the options you want to install, and click the "Install" button.
5) Once you have installed this utility, you can delete the files from the folder that Lang.exe was run.
4) If you need to uninstall this utility, open the Control Panel, and double-click "Add/Remove Software."
Step 2: INSTALL BULGARIAN KEYBOARD DRIVER: Click here to go to separate page. After finish reading it, click the back button on your browser to return here.

Step 3: Configure Netscape:

Click on "Options" - "General Preferences" - "Fonts". You will see "For the Encoding" line and a small window on the right. Scroll down to Cyrillic. Click on "Use the Proportional Font" - "Choose Font" button on the right. Pick the font you like -Cyrillic. If you have listed fonts with extension "Cyr" select one of them.

Tip: Make sure the font you choose has Cyrillic option selected. This is the window under the font size scroll-down menu - named as "Script".The Bulgarian fonts downloaded from here or elsewhere on the Net will not display "Script" option as Cyrillic, but as "Western". You will see "Times New Roman Cyr", "Arial Cyr", "Courier New Cyr" or just the names without "Cyr" extension - scroll down the "Script" window to see if they have "Cyrillic".

Recommendation: Use Microsoft fonts Times New Roman, Arial, Courier or Verdana for Cyrillic pages encoding - they have the best screen display quality.

Repeat the same for "Use Fixed Font" line, but there you will have much less options. Again: check the "Script" window to show Cyrillic.

When done connect to Welkya. If you do not see Cyrillic letters click on "Options" - "Document Encoding" and click "Windows (Cyrillic-1251)". If does not work - go back and recheck your settings. Should work if you have Cyrillic fonts installed correctly.

The new version of Netscape Communicator does not need any special configurations if you have Cyrillic fonts package installed on your computer. For some pages you may need to click on "View"--"Encoding"--"Cyrillic Windows1251". Configuring your fonts is easy after going to "Edit"--"Preferences"--"Fonts".

The new version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (will be available soon for free download, still in testing stage) does not need any special configurations to read Cyrillic. Installing the new Microsoft Unicode fonts will be sufficient.

 

 
 

Step 3(a):Configure Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0:

You do not need to do anything here, because the program will recognize that you have Cyrillic support installed and will configure itself. Some Cyrillic pages to be seen you have to click on the small icon (down right corner on the browser) which looks like a globe. Clicking on it and you will see Windows Cyrillic-1251 option listed. Click there. This is the code for most Cyrillic pages on the Net, but not Russian (the code page there is KOI8-R).

If you have problems: Click on "View" - "Options" - "General" - "Fonts Settings" and change Cyrillic Character Set to some of the Cyrillic fonts you have installed.

 

 
WINDOWS 3.11
 
 

Step 1: Download Cyrillic fonts from us...
 

Step 2: Configure Netscape:

Click on "Options" - "General Preferences" - "Fonts". You will see "For the Encoding" line and a small window on the right. Scroll down to Cyrillic. Click on "Use the Proportional Font" - "Choose Font" button on the right. Pick the font you like - Hebar, HebarB, Timok, ER Bukinist and s.o.. Some Bulgarian fonts from elsewhere on the Net may not look good for screen display. Experiment with several fonts and choose the one you like the best. If you change your Latin option with some Bulgarian fonts - this will not harm your English pages viewing.

Repeat the same for "Use Fixed Font" line, but there you will have much less options.

When done connect to Welkya. If you do not see Cyrillic letters click on "Options" - "Document Encoding" and click "Windows (Cyrillic-1251)". If does not work - go back and recheck your settings. Should work if you have Cyrillic fonts installed correctly. If you do not know how to install fonts - check your manual or the Help file in Fonts Icon, located in "Main" - "Control Panel".

Step 2(a):Configure Microsoft Internet Explorer:

The new version of Internet Explorer 3.01 for Windows 3.11 is available from Microsoft.
Click on "View" - "Options" - "General" - "Fonts Settings" and change Cyrillic Character Set to some of the Cyrillic fonts you have installed.
Download Pan-European Upgrade patch from Microsoft. This patch will add Cyrillic support to your Internet Explorer for Windows 3.1. Even if you do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer downloading the patch and decompressing it, you will find two excellent fonts Arial CE Cyr and Courier CE Cyr for use in Windows 3.1. Do not forget that the other fonts from Microsoft support Cyrillic characters only for Windows95. For Windows 3.1 you need to install Welkya's font collection or the fonts from the patch above. Microsoft is changing their pages constantly and the links provided may be missing. I have the two fonts here for download. Click on the file cyrfonts.zip and save it to your hard disk. Some browsers may try to save all downloaded files with *.exe extension - just rename it to the right one.

 

 
Macintosh
 
 

Macintosh users: Go to Binco.com and download the Cyrillic fonts package from there. Just copy the file into your System Folder. To configure your Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer browsers - use the same instructions as above.

Cyrillic fonts for Macintosh you will find by clicking on the banner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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