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How to enter russian (cyrillic) text into your AutoCAD drawings?

A - answer Since Rel.13 AutoCAD uses Unicode character coding (2-byte) so you can use any language/coding for your drawing texts. Windows 9x/ME use 8-bit codepages for multilanguage texts, we recommend to use Windows NT, 2000, XP or higher for true Unicode support.

So how to enter eg. russian text? Just install/add the required language support (eg. Russian) from your Windows installation media. This adds a "locale" keyboard driver. Use one of the standard Unicoded fonts (so you don't need any special font, like cyrillic.shx) for your texts (eg. Arial, Times Roman, IsoCP). Use MText (not DText).

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See also:
Tip 11580:Excel: convert Unicode texts to \U+ codes for AutoCAD
Tip 7520:DWG to PDF problem in an arabic font.
Tip 7164:The NLS files required to convert the text entities...
Tip 6737:3ds Max reports the error eNotImplementedYet on DWG import.
Tip 3934:Pasted russian text from MS Word displays in AutoCAD as question marks.

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