Virtual/onscreen Cyrillic keyboard?

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Cyrillic keyboard?

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  1. Tifusar

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    Looks like, but is not. For example, when on iPhone I choose Serbian as language, I have option of choosing Serbian Cyrillic or Serbian Latin keyboard, with all glyphs which appear in Serbian on those keymaps
     
  2. iPad100

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    Yes, the cyrillic keyboard can be selected at ease, and yes, there are numerous choices (Russian - PC, Russian, Russian - Phonetic).

    The problem is that they all provide the same keyboard. I can understand there being no difference between Russian and Russian - PC, but Russian - Phonetic on the Mac works of using the standard English keyboard sounds of the letters typed the generate the Russian characters (so, type 's' and get 'c'). This does not happen on the iPad.

    Secondly, the Russian/Cyrillic keyboard lacks some important Russian punctuation keys. In general, Russians would write «Шерлок Холмс» instead of "Шерлок Холмс", but the « and »characters are missing from the keyboard (not on the number or symbols sections of the keyboard).

    It's surprising that Apple have made this blunder, as they are usually pretty slick with the details. But they've dropped the ball on a couple of items with the iPad, showing an uncharacteristic inconsistency in the quality of their product. I suspect this will loosen up with future updates as they stop trying in vain to force users to use Apple products to support their iPad:

    (1) The retarded Photo App is absolutely unmanageable as a viewer or organiser of photos on the iPad - this forces users to buy a superior 3rd part app to perform this function. ;)

    (2) The lack of WiFi transfer support for apps like Pages/Keynote is ridiculous - come on guys, it's a mobile device! Don't make us plug in a USB and use iTunes to transfer docs in/out, when apps like GoodReader allow transfer via WiFi, Web Server, as well as the archaic "string 'n' tin cans" approach of iTunes and a USB cable! :confused:

    I would post screenshots of the 3 keyboard views, but apparently there's a rule that I most post 3 messages on the forum before I can add attachments - as I'm new this is my first post - sorry. :(
     
  3. iPad100

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    So, following on from my previous post here (I posted on a couple of other threads so I now meet the '3 posts' criteria - sounds like someone at Apple is making forum policy! :p ), here are some screenies of the Cyrillic keyboard, with the lack of « and » characters:
     

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  4. iPadCharlie

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    Добрый день и добро пожаловать на форум!

    To be honest, I still do most of my Russian and Ukrainian work on my "real" computer, but at least I know I can use my iPad in a pinch if I have to.
     
  5. iPad100

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    Yeah, it's not a showstopper, and as you point out, you still need a 'real' computer for 'real' work, but it would be nice for Apple to get the details right. I'm not sure where to submit this 'bug' in the hopes Apple may update the keyboard layout - any ideas? :confused:
     
  6. iPadCharlie

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    Good question!

    They don't seem to have a way to send general comments other than their corporate "snail mail" address and US phone number:

    Apple
    1 Infinite Loop
    Cupertino, CA 95014
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  7. iPad100

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    So, it looks like I complained a little too soon about the Russian keyboard, although I guess that's what forum are for! I was surprised Apple had made such a blunder, and found it hard to accept. :eek:

    Thanks to Studor13 for reminding me of the fact that if you hold a key on the keyboard for 1-2 seconds, you often get a pop-up with access to related extended characters (like umlauts and accents for German and French text, where applicable, etc.). :rolleyes:

    For the Russian keyboard - hold the quotes (") key for 1-2 seconds and sure enough you get a few more choices, including the « and » characters.

    A little cumbersome for typing a lot of quotes, but at least it's available! What would be nice is if they did have a separate extra key (the main keyboard has more letter keys than for English, so it shouldn't be a problem) or if the Russian symbols were displayed first, with the other quotes available 'under' the key.

    Thanks to all who commented, and I hope this helps others find the 'hidden' keys they need in various other languages. Cheers! :p
     
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    Спасибо за отправку этой информации!
     
  9. iPad100

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    Пожалуйста!
     
  10. t0ol

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    Actualy the cyrillic keyboard is quite useless. Im russian so u can believe me :)
    The main problem is it doesnt have comma & period in the main layout. So every time u want some punctuation u have to go to symbols page and so on.. It`s really THAT annoying.

    Over time i have a strong impression that my android phone is actualy "smarter" than this ipad in many aspects.. sad.
     

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