cyrillic alphabet

a friend sends me messages that he receives in Russian. He transmits these messages to me. I receive illegible material. My friend tells me there is a way for me to encode these messages. Whatever I do does not work out. maniousha
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patrickabCommented:
This link may help you with cyrillic alphabets:

http://www.cyrillic.com/ref/cyrillic/fontlist.html

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maniouchaAuthor Commented:
thank you. What I need now is just to be able to receive the message in cyrillic and not in strange illegible language. maniousha
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CRAKCommented:
Did you install Windows' multilanguage support for Cyrillic?
In 98: Control panel > Add/remove programs > Windows setup > Multi language support > Cyrillic.
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maniouchaAuthor Commented:
To:CRAK.I did everything. have a floppy disk and the result is the same. I return to my Email. thanks. maniousha  
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CRAKCommented:
If that's ok and codepage 1251 (patrickab's link) is available, then I don't understand.

Just wondering.... what if some odd mail router does not support those characters?
Can you check with your friend what happens if he/she sends the message in a zipped (word?) file? Those files are send "binary"; not "ascii". It just might make a difference!

And another question: what mail program are you using? Notes, cc-mail or different?
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maniouchaAuthor Commented:
sorry, I am a beginner and a little old lady and do not know what codepage 1251 is.
For the time being I will try not to bother the "friend". He thinks that those messages are extra work for him and then we speak Russian and I am not sure of how his English is.
I am using copper net. does that answer the question? Thank you very much. maniousha
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CRAKCommented:
A bit technical perhaps, but discard this info as you please...
In computers all characters have a number. Usually, or originally, there were 256 numbers available (based on 1 byte = 8 bits with possible 2 values (0 or 1) there are 2^8 different combinations of 0's and 1's = 256). Suitable to store "our" character set, but incapable of handling lots of other languages. First they invented "double byte character sets" with 2^16 = over 65.000 options, but that still wasn't quite suitable to handle the different.... character sets (haven't got a better word to explain).
Imaging.... Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Arabic. That's where codepages came in hand. Each "set" has its own codepage to accomodate a separate list of characters. Chinese character no 'n' will look different than the cyrillic one. The same number might be unused in "our" codepage. That's probably what you are seeing.... a russian (?) text shown in a non-russian characterset.

Unless it was a message that was "UUencoded".... I have a few of those as well but never worked out how to unencode it. Does your message mention someding about "UUencoding"? If so.... let's join forces and find out!  ;-))
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maniouchaAuthor Commented:
Unicode was the secret.  and I thank you very much. I do not know whether it had something to do with the fact that I did something in order to get cyrillic letters. I think I can type now. So far, though I was able to read what was already printed in Russian but not what was sent to me. again thanks. maniousha
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CRAKCommented:
?!?!?... I didn't use that term!  ;-)
Congrats! Glad it's working!
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Computer101Commented:
PAQed, with points refunded (150)

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