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The word Transliteration comes from Latin transliteratus (trans- "across" + littera "letter"). Transliteration is the method of representing letters or words of one alphabet in the characters of another alphabet or script.
A special case, when transliteration applied to Russian letters to represent them in Latin characters is called Translit. Initially translit was applied only within Russian speaking community (known as "Russian translit") to transliterate Cyrillic texts and later was widely applied to many other Non-Latin languages and alphabets.
The project TRANSLIT.CC has been created to support both international Internet community and language professionals. Our online Cyrillic converter is a powerful and easy to use tool at the same time. The transliterator is optimized to consume less resources and perform the translation faster than most of the other similar Web applications.
Using this Russian transliteration service you can solve a few tasks. The translit converter can help you to emulate Russian keyboard, thus produce correct Russian Cyrillic letters when you type corresponding Latin (e.g. using English, German, French keyboards) keys. This feature of the transliterator serves as Russian phonetic keyboard and can help you then, when you have no access to the conventional Russian keyboard or Russian keyboard layout. The Russian keyboard emulator is also available for direct access via mouse. The on screen Russian keyboard is located on the right side of the screen under the label "Russian virtual keyboard".
Especially for linguists and professional translators our online Russian transliteration service allows to choose between different Latin-Cyrillic transliteration tables. As for now the GOST 7.79 (Russian: "ГОСТ 7.79") System B standard and ISO 9 standard are supported. Transliteration tables are displayed on the right hand side of the Russian transliteration converter. Choose a preferred Russian transliteration table you can from the drop down selector "Transliteration method" in the right bottom corner of the Russian virtual keyboard.
Interface of the Russian transliteration converter is bilingual and supports English and Russian languages. Switch from one language to another can be made by clicking on the image of Russian/American flag in the top left corner of the Russian translit web site.
Conversion from Latin script to Russian Cyrillic letters is performed in real time as you type. Advantage of this on-the-fly translit conversion is that you can see the result immediately on the screen.
Sometimes you might want to turn the automatic conversion to Russian OFF to type parts of the text in English. This is easily done by pressing the "Auto Convert" button above the transliteration text field or by pressing the Escape (ESC) button on your conventional computer keyboard. To turn the automated conversion to Russian back on, press the same button again.
The Russian translit converter will automatically escape any text written inside of HTML (e.g. <strong>) or BB codes (e.g. [b]). This feature is mainly intended to help those among us who frequently communicates on Russian speaking forums, where the use of HTML or BB codes is a common practice. However if this function is not required, it can be easily disabled by pressing the "Skip Tags" button above the Russian transliteration text area once.
The conversion keys → CYRILLIC and → LATIN are provided to translate text from the input area to Cyrillic or Latin accordingly. If only a part of the text is selected and one of the translit converter keys is pressed, then the conversion will affect only this selected part of the text and the rest of the text will be left in the original script. If no text or the whole text in the translit text area is selected and one of the conversion keys is pressed, then the conversion will be applied to the whole text of the translit text area.
Aside from English to Russian transliteration you can use set of advanced language tools and functions. These features are available from the drop down menu on the down right side of the main translit converter input form. They perform the following tasks:
All input and output, as well as the whole Cyrillic-Latin converter web site, is designed in the universal character set Unicode, utilizing the UTF-8 encoding. This is the latest standard and should be compatible with most of the modern world wide web (www) browsers and text processors.
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