InterType for Palm OS /Russian/

InterType is a set of software components allowing American and Pan-European versions of Palm OS 5.x to display and accept certain additional alphabets and languages, which are not available in the basic device configuration. For example these are all Slavic languages, some Western-European languages (e.g. Swedish) etc. How does it work? As of version 5.2 of Palm OS, the American and European Palm OS devices are using a single-byte code page, meaning they can only display and distinguish among 256 unique system characters. Alternatively, in the Japanese builds of the OS a character is represent by two bytes, allowing for much more unique characters. Unicode is a standard for using the two bytes and representing all world languages; unfortunately, it is not applicable to the American and Pan-European versions of the Palm OS devices; hence, InterType and this document are not anyhow related to Unicode. The lower 128 characters of all code pages, regardless of whether 1 or 2 bytes, are standardized and match the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII). This is where the Latin alphabet, the digits, punctuation marks and a few other special characters are. The upper 128 characters available in a single-byte systems is where usually the alternate languages are. By default, all Palm devices contain the standardized extended Latin code page. The upper page contains the accented Latin characters used by various Western-European languages like German, French, Italian etc. Caution: adding any other language (e.g. Russian) to the device is only convenient if it is located at the upper 128 characters of the available system table and as such is only possible at the price of [temporary] losing the characters available there. The directly viewable result of installing any such localization enhancement on a single-byte system is that some Western-European characters across the device suddenly start looking oddly. It is important to know that it is only the appearance of the documents that is affected (as a result of changing the character glyphs for the upper half of the alphabet); the actual documents are not. In a nutshell, all localization programs replace several system resources, providing more or less of the functionality needed to read, enter and manipulate (for example sort) alphabets for particular language. Note: due to its specific implementation this product could not offer trial version; please make sure you read the full description before placing an order! Features Enhances the sytem with code page 1251 (Windows Cyrillic) Provides Cyrillic system fonts Provides Russian standard and phonetic alternate soft keyboards Provides proper Cyrillic alphabet sorting in applications Make sure to read the list of limitations below. Limitations The first and most important limitation of the program has already been explained in the previous chapter and it comes as a direct result of the limited space in which the OS holds language information; as a result, no more than TWO languages with different alphabets can be displayed/used at system level at the same time; for example one can have English and German (the second using umlauts) or English and Russian (Cyrillic is where umlauts are), but not English and German and Russian at the same time; in fact, since German and Russian overlay each other it is not even possible to have correct German and Russian at the same time without tweaking the whole code page upside down; There are DIFFERENT program versions for different OS versions; this version of InterType ONLY works on devices running Palm OS 5.x (and possibly later); This version of InterType does not provide support for entering text through Graffiti; text can only be entered through the soft pop-up screen keyboard or the silk screen keyboard on appropriate Sony Clie devices; Changing the active alternate language set requires starting the program; former PalmType users may find this a little inconvenient; we are working to enabling hot switch from within any other program; Once activated, the program MUST remain in main memory; It is important to UNINSTALL the program before deleting it from the device. Installation To install InterType, first locate the folder with its files. There have to be two or more such files: one will be called "InterType.prc" and the others will look something like "Windows Cyrillic (1251).prc". Both (or all) such files need to be installed on the device, just as with any other Palm OS files. We strongly recommend that they get installed directly in RAM (as opposed to a media card), but in reality it is not a must; it is only important that once run, they do not get deleted from the main memory, unless the program is being un-installed according to the below instructions. Once the program files are copied, you should see InterType's icon in the application launcher and be able to run it from there. The program will warn in case it is not certain it could properly install on your device; it is possible that it may flatly reject to run, or it may ask you whether you want it to try and run. If either of the two happen, it will be a good idea to consult with our website ( to see if an update is available. Un-installation Important: once the program is run it is automatically installed; if you want to delete it you MUST uninstall it first! Unlike most other programs, InterType is an OS extension program and can not and should not be simply deleted when no more needed. Instead, you should run the program (if possible) and tap the "Uninstall" button; the device will be reset and just then the program can be deleted the regular way through the application launcher or any other similar program. If for whatever reason the program could not start, then probably it has not been installed and can be safely deleted. However, we recommend a soft reset before and after performing such an operation. Troubleshooting Q. The device displays error message right after a soft reset; it is unusable in this form. A. Try performing a soft reset while holding down (having pressed) the up arrow key on your handheld. If the device resets normally this way, go to the application launcher and delete InterType or any other program you might suspect is the cause of the program; delete, if possible, all titles that can somehow be related to the offending program. Once done, try doing normal soft reset again. If that doesn't help (or even if it does) please contact us at and we will try help. Q. After installing InterType I can get localized keyboard to show up, but still can't read Cyrillic (or whatever else) in AvantGo, BibleToGo, Blazer etc. A. Some programs may use proprietary set of fonts instead of using the system fonts; this is usually done so that they provide better reading experience, but in this case may also be a limitation. The best source for resolution of this program is the developer of the program. In our view, they should have at least left an option to use the system fonts if that was possible.
Operating System Mobile
System Requirements
  • Palm OS 5.0 and above