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Russian QWERTY

Zip file of installation modules


Like so many native keyboard maps, the standard keyboard for the Russian locale has no logical association with the keytops displayed on a QWERTY keyboard. So, if you don’t have a physical Russian keyboard attached, haven’t already learned to touch-type the Russian keyboard, or don’t have time, desire or an overwhelming need to do so, this keyboard map will probably be more immediately usable, as it associates each QWERTY keytop with its closest matching Cyrillic character (so far as possible), as the characters appear in the modern (post-1917) Russian orthography.

This is a keyboard layout that I developed and started using before 2002, on Windows NT, then on Windows 2000. It has accumulated a large amount of successful usage during those intervening years, and has long proved itself extremely useful for Russian. It would require some extra work to extend it to Ukrainian or Belorusian.

NOTES:

  1. This keyboard layout also provides the majority of the US QWERTY keyboard, simply being moved over to AltGr keystrokes.
  2. The single deadkey, in the QWERTY ‘=’ position, provides easy input of those characters removed in 1918, but preserved in many anti-Communist, White Russian, exile volumes printed outside the USSR, particularly after 1923:

i s’ tochkoy: i, I — yat: ѣ, Ѣ — fita: ѳ, Ѳ — izhitsa: ѵ, Ѵ
і съ точкой — ять — ѳита — ижица

 

QWERTY keytop
pressed after
the ‘=’ deadkey

Mapped
Russian keytop

Resulting
(pre-1917)
character

Unicode
codepoint

e

е

ѣ

0463

E

Е

Ѣ

0462

f

ф

ѳ

0473

F

Ф

Ѳ

0472

i

и

і

0456

I

И

І

0406

y

у

ѵ

0475

Y

У

Ѵ

0474

space

none

=

003D

 


 

RussianQ
RussianQwerty: Base keyboard

 

RussianQShft
RussianQwerty: Shift ke
yboard

 

RussianQAltGr
RussianQwerty: AltGr keyboard

 

RussianQShftAltGr
RussianQwerty: Shift + AltGr keyboard

 

 
 

 

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