Russify MS Windows: Fonts
Summary. Microsoft fonts are in, Gavin Helf fonts are out.
Microsoft Fonts: Win 95, Win NT
Microsoft has come up with
good-looking and free cyrillic fonts.
Their fonts are much nicer than ForWWW fonts
that we originally recommended to use.
Therefore it is time to switch to Microsoft fonts.
Testing Microsoft fonts
You need to have Cyrillic keyboard installed before you can test.
Start Start. Programs. Accesories. WordPad, switch keyboard to Russian mode and start typing. If setup is correct, you will see cyrillic characters.
ForWWW fonts: Win 3.1
Cyrillic ForWWW TrueType fonts used to be popular before Microsoft fonts existed. You still need them if you want to russify Windows 3.1. These fonts were developed by Gavin Helf.
(1) Download a 200 Kb zipped file
(2) Unzip the downloaded file into C:\CYRTTF using pkunzip.exe or WinZip for Windows.
If Windows complains that these fonts are already installed, delete
previously installed cyrillic fonts by selecting them and hitting Delete,
and then install new fonts from ForWWW.zip.
Windows NT note: The font name ROL-KOI8/Courier (file ROLK8C.TTF) causes a conflict in Postscript when this font is used to print to a postscript printer. Dmitrii Manin (firstname.lastname@example.org) has modified this font to fix this problem. Modified font has a name of ROL-K8-Courier and it appears in the file ROLK8C1.TTF.
Other Gavin Helf fonts: Win 3.1
If you need more fonts for your word processor or other applications, then download, unzip and install some or all of the following TrueType fonts developed by Gavin Helf.
Please note that these fonts are not particularly beautiful. They are OK, but definitely not sexy -- just like ForWWW fonts. So, if you can use Microsoft fonts with your application, go for them instead.