Subject Re: [firebird-support] Cyrillic Font
Author Lester Caine
Chad Z. Hower wrote:

> :: My railway system runs a range of LED dot matrix displays using an 8
> :: pixel high matrix, and supports multiple languages, but I've
> :: been asked
> :: to quote for a package extended to provide a Cyrillic font as well.
> Since this is off topic, you can email me further off list if you like. I
> happne to be a native English spaeker but live in Russia.

I know it's a little of topic, but it is useful for us all to understand
some of the language problems. I had not realised that the upper and
lower case were essentially the same character for instance. So we learn!

> :: case Cyrillic letters. Is this the case - in which case I need a few
> :: more rows on the displays to cope, or is a 5x7 set of Cyrillic
> :: characters practical for information displays as in the
> :: Latin font case?
> You can do it. What is often done is rever all to one case. In fact -
> Russian is not like English wehre we have differnet upper and lower cases,
> the differences in Russian between upper and lower are just size, and part
> of the reason for the 11 pt requirement. But if you look in any of the
> railway stations here with the old type displays - the ones that are dots
> are certainly not 11's I guarantee you that and even the old babushki here
> can read them.

I think that aesthetics is more important in this case, and the problem
is introducing upper and lower case into a market where upper case only
has been the norm.

Lester Caine
L.S.Caine Electronic Services