by William N. Tavolga

This is a Microsoft Windows word processing application for Russian (and Ukrainian) and English. The program requires Windows 95 (or higher), and occupies less than 2 megabytes on the hard drive. It includes TrueType fonts in the Code Page 1251 format. The application is a full-featured word processor with retrieval, printing, editing (cut, copy, paste), text search and replace.. All format parameters are saved in the Rich Text Format (RTF). HTML, as used in Web pages, is supported. Text can be switched from Russian (or Ukrainian) to English and back. Both a standard serif (Roman) or a sans-serif (Helvetian) typeface is available. Accented vowel characters in Cyrillic can be selected. There is a complete Help utility with a detailed index. Added feature is support for Unicode, and a separate program for conversion of files in various code maps.

The application comes with an installation utility that creates a Windows access unit, installs all the Cyrillic fonts, creates a directory and transfers all files necessary to run the application. The fonts include all members of the normal TrueType family: normal, bold, italic and bold-italic. These fonts are usable by other Windows programs. In addition, a special transliteration font is available. This allows the user to produce phonetically transliterated Russian text in English. A special Russian font is supplied in which the Cyrillic letters are directly mapped to keystrokes eliminating the need for a special keyboard driver. Click here to see details of the fonts.

Editing and text entry uses all standard procedures and normal keypad operation. A single keystroke switches from Cyrillic to English and back. The Caps Lock and Tab keys are fully functional. Text is entered with the usual word wrap at the end of each line. Text can be aligned to right, left, centered, or justified. Page size and margins can be set and saved in the file. A ruler is displayed with the facility for paragraph margins and indentation. Complete font selection is available, i.e., size, style, color. Printing is essentially as seen on screen, but a preview screen can be displayed. Text selection can be done for editing (cut, copy, paste, search) or for font changes. The selected text is placed in the Windows clipboard. Headers and footers with page count can be added to the printed document.

The keyboard layout is the Russian style, and can be displayed in a window below the text. An alternate layout is the homophonic (QWERTY) arrangement that can be quickly selected. Keyboard, font, margin, and other parameters can be saved to a configuration file to change start-up conditions. Click here to see details of the keyboard layouts used.

Graphics images can be imported into the text. Formats: JPEG, GIF, and BMP are currently supported. Graphics can be sized or moved within the text.

A powerful compatibility feature is the ability to save and retrieve files in the Rich Text Format (RTF). This is a format accessible with all font and formatting information to several major Windows word processors such as: Word Perfect and Microsoft Word. Files are normally saved with font and format information (RTF), and files can be made compatible with many other applications. Plain ASCII text mapped in the Code Page 1251, or KOI-8 format can be saved and retrieved, as well as text in an extended ASCII format (used by many DOS based programs -- Code Page 866). Files can be saved and retrieved in Unicode. See Fonts.

This application is usable as a general purpose word processor on its own and can be set up to start in any font and condition. The program was generated with Borland's Delphi and WPTools. This is not a translating program, but a bilingual word-processor. For comments of computer translations click here: Click.

For information on availibility e-mail: tavolga@aol.com

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