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Install OS 9 keyboard layouts (KCHRs) System
I needed the Russian-QWERTY keyboard that can be installed on OS 9 with the language kits additions, and pukku (on gave me the hint that makes it work.

Keyboard layouts (which appear under the flag menu) are stored as resources inside the following file:

/System -> Library -> Frameworks -> Carbon.framework -> Versions -> A -> Frameworks -> HIToolbox.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources -> English.lproj -> Localized.rsrc

You need to replace English.lproj with the language of your system, ie French.lproj

Next, with resedit or resorcerer, open the source OS 9 keyboard file (ie Cyrillic-QWERTY in my case), and copy the KCHR resource. Paste it in the Localized.rsrc file, and voila!

PS: in order to have the Cyrillic language on OS X, you need to install it first on OS 9, which is explained in article #106484 on Apple's Knowledge Base.

[Editor's note: You're on your own with this hint; I haven't done anything with non-English languages on OS X unless "Canadian" counts!]
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Authored by: madirishman on Mar 25, '02 12:41:39PM

I had to figure this out myself when I needed a "phonetic" Russian keyboard layout, but since then, others have come up with other solutions. If you're interested in Cyrillic scripts, one might try CyrilliX (, although I found the script system to be annoying, as it switched back and forth on me using iTunes. If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty using the command line (as this hint suggests), you can also check out Matvey Palchuk's page ( to get instructions on how to convert his KCHRs over. I have always been a fan of his script, since it allows one to effortlessly switch back and forth between Cyrillic and Latin text in the same font with the simple toggle of the Caps Lock key.

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Cyrillic and MAC OS X
Authored by: dmarkman on Mar 25, '02 09:06:56PM

I don't have any problem with Cyrillic on MAC OS X
(started from 10.1)
I didn't make any special installation at all
I have Cyrillic script installed on my MAC OS 9 partition
but Apple's article:
doesn't require Cyrillic Kit installed on MAC oS 9 partition
it requires at least 1 cyrillic font, that script can recognize
I can send russian email with Mail, Entourage application without any problem
I can freely use cyrillic fonts with any Editor
I have ukrainian, russian (try: ÊÃÕËÅÎ), bulgarian keyboard layout installed

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