Setting cyrillic text

miss c's picture

I'm designing a brochure which will be printed in both English and Russian. The client (an architect) is adamant that the text should be fully justified. It's not my preference, but I am willing to concede on some things to promote a happy working relationship.

However, my extremely limited knowledge of setting Russian means I have no idea if – or where – one should break words with hyphens. I don't want a soggy lump of text full of rivers.

Does anyone have any experience of this? Should I stick to my guns and insist on ragged right? I'd be interested to hear people's views.

Tim Ahrens's picture

You need to tell us which layout software you are using.
A generic answer would be: Install the Russian dictionary and the computer will probably hyphenate correctly for you.

miss c's picture

I'm using InDesign CS3, so I'm assuming that will do the job okay?

Theunis de Jong's picture

IDCS3 has no more problems with Russian as it has with, say, English. There may be the occasional mishap :-) But nothing dramatic a typesetter should or an editor shouldn't take care of.
Just remember to set the language of that text to Russian.

miss c's picture

Just to be crystal clear – I don't want to look an idiot in front of the client – Russian's hyphenate?

Mikhail Leonov's picture

Yes, Russian body text should be hyphenated. Compared to English, an average word is relatively long, so the absence of hyphenation is more likely to create readability problems.

Mikhail Leonov,
Senior Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

oprion's picture

Post your layout here, and I'll see if anything is out of place language-wise.
Personal Art and Design Portal of Ivan Gulkov

miss c's picture

Many thanks for all your help.

Ivan, thanks for your offer too, but we're a long way off getting anything translated…

Have a great weekend everyone.

miss c's picture

oops, posted twice…

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