Russifying Netscape in XWindows

  1. If you have root access, copy to /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/Netscape (remember, without the ".ad" at the end of the filename!).

  2. Add the font directory where the Cyrillic fonts are located to the font path.

    Linux roots: add the line
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic/"
    in the Section "Files" of /etc/XF86Config.

    Non-roots: add the lines
    xset +fp
    xset fp rehash
    to your .xsession or .xinitrc соответственно

  3. Run
    > xlsfonts '*koi8*' just to know what's written in the end of the KOI8 font names (e.g. it will be "koi8-r" on Slackware Linux distribution 3.0.0), but it may be as well something like "koi8r-1").

  4. roots:
    add the line *documentFonts.charset*koi8-r: iso-8859-1
    to the file /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/Netscape.

    add this line to your .Xdefaults file.

  5. Run Netscape, choose the menu Options / General Preferences / Fonts, and change the Proportional and Fixed fonts to russian fonts (e.g. Times(Cronyx) and Courier(Cronyx)).

    You can get Russian fonts from: There must be another set of Russian fonts at

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