MS-DOS 6.22 Country.txt file

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The following information is contained in the COUNTRY.TXT file included with MS-DOS 6.22. The functionality of COUNTRY.SYS was enhanced in MS-DOS 6.22 by adding keyboard support for Canada (standard CAN/CSA-Z keyboards), Brazil (secondary standard keyboards), Bulgaria, Greece, Iceland, FYRO Macedonia and Serbia/Montenegro, Romania, Russia, and Turkey.

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Supplemental Information on MS-DOS 6.22--Customizing for International Use
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

This file provides information on customizing MS-DOS 6.22 for international
use. This information is not included in the MICROSOFT MS-DOS USER'S GUIDE,
MS-DOS Help or the README.TXT file. It supplements the international
keyboard and character set information provided in Section 1 of the
README.TXT file that accompanied MS-DOS 6.22.

This file covers the following topics:

  1. Additional Character Set (Codepage) and Keyboard Support
      1.1  The KEYBRD2.SYS File
      1.2  The EGA.CPI, EGA2.CPI, and EGA3.CPI Files
      1.3  Configuring Your Computer to Use International-Language Settings
  2. Switching Between Modes on Dual-Mode Keyboards
  3. Quick Reference Tables for International Language Support

1.  Additional Character Set (Codepage) and Keyboard Support
============================================================
MS-DOS 6.22 includes the KEYBRD2.SYS, EGA2.CPI and EGA3.CPI files, which
offer support for additional keyboards and character sets (codepages).
You use these files just as you would the KEYBOARD.SYS and EGA.CPI files.
MS-DOS also includes new country/region settings in COUNTRY.SYS.

MS-DOS 6.22 includes new country/region settings in COUNTRY.SYS that use
the new keyboards and character sets. For more information, see the tables
in section 4 of this file. For a complete list of all the
countries/regions, keyboards, and character sets provided by MS-DOS 6.22,
see section 4 of this file.

Note: ISO.CPI, an additional codepage information file, provides ISO-
compliant fonts that can be used in place of the standard MS-DOS fonts. The
ISO.CPI file is included in the MS-DOS Resource Kit; to obtain it, send in
the coupon in the back of your MS-DOS USER'S GUIDE.

1.1  The KEYBRD2.SYS File
-------------------------
The KEYBRD2.SYS file is essentially similar to KEYBOARD.SYS; you use it
just as you would the KEYBOARD.SYS file. The differences between
KEYBOARD.SYS and KEYBRD2.SYS are:

 -  KEYBRD2.SYS contains support for the following keyboards, which
    are not supported by KEYBOARD.SYS:

    Country/region/Language             Keyboard layout   Keyboard ID
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada (standard CAN/CSA-Z keyboard)   cf      See below.
    Brazil (secondary standard keyboard)   br      274, 275
    Bulgaria                               bg      442
    Greece                                 gk      319
    Iceland                                is      161
    Macedonia and Serbia/Montenegro        yc      118
    Romania                                ro      333
    Russian                                ru      441
    Turkish                                tr      440, 179

 -  Although KEYBRD2.SYS contains a Canadian keyboard with the same
    keyboard code (058) and identifier (cf) as KEYBOARD.SYS, the
    layout of the two keyboards is different. The Canadian keyboard
    layout in KEYBRD2.SYS meets the standard set forth by the Canadian
    government's specification 243.200-92 (CAN/CSA-Z). The keyboard
    layout in KEYBOARD.SYS is more commonly used, but does not meet
    Canadian government specifications.

 -  The KEYBRD2.SYS file does not include support for the following
    keyboards supported by KEYBOARD.SYS:

       Belgium
       Danish
       French
       Japan
       Latin America
       Netherlands
       Portuguese
       Spanish
       Switzerland (German)
       Switzerland (French)

 -  KEYBRD2.SYS contains changes to the German keyboard that are
    not in KEYBOARD.SYS. In the German keyboard, the SHIFT lock
    behavior of the top row of the keyboard is now functionally
    the same as the US keyboard (that is, "typewriter mode"
    has been removed).

1.2  The EGA.CPI, EGA2.CPI, and EGA3.CPI Files
----------------------------------------------
MS-DOS 6.22 includes three codepage information (.CPI) files, each
of which contains information for different code pages.

EGA.CPI contains the following:

    437 - United States
    850 - Multilingual (Latin I)
    852 - Slavic/Eastern European (Latin II)
    860 - Portuguese
    863 - Canadian-French
    865 - Nordic

EGA2.CPI contains the following:

    737 - Greek II
    850 - Multilingual (Latin I)
    852 - Slavic/Eastern European (Latin II)
    857 - Turkish
    861 - Icelandic
    869 - Greek

EGA3.CPI contains the following:

    437 - United States
    850 - Multilingual (Latin I)
    852 - Slavic/Eastern European (Latin II)
    855 - Cyrillic I
    866 - Russian (Cyrillic II)

1.3  Configuring Your Computer to Use International-Language Settings
---------------------------------------------------------------------
To use country/region settings or a character set other than the standard
ones (United States), you must edit your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT
files.

For example, to use the new Icelandic settings, carry out the
following steps:

1. Add the following commands to your CONFIG.SYS file:

    REM  ICELAND SETTINGS
    COUNTRY=354,861,C:\DOS\COUNTRY.SYS
    DEVICE=C:\DOS\DISPLAY.SYS CON=(,,2)

2. Add the following commands to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file:

    REM  ICELAND SETTINGS
    MODE CON CP PREPARE=((861 850)C:\DOS\EGA2.CPI)
    MODE CON CP SELECT=861
    KEYB IS,,C:\DOS\KEYBRD2.SYS
				
3. Restart your computer.


2.  Switching Between Modes on Dual-Mode Keyboards
==================================================
MS-DOS 6.22 includes dual-mode keyboard support for Greek,
French Canadian, Bulgarian, Serbia/Montenegro, and Russian keyboards.
These keyboards allow you to easily switch between two different
keyboard modes. When your computer starts with one of these keyboards,
the primary mode is active. To switch modes, press the appropriate
key combination (listed below).

The key combinations for the Greek keyboard are as follows:

                    Mode description    Key combination
                    -----------------------------------
  Primary mode      Latin               ALT+LEFT SHIFT
  Secondary mode    Greek               ALT+RIGHT SHIFT

The key combinations for the French Canadian keyboard are as follows:

                    Mode description    Key combination
                    -----------------------------------
  Primary mode      Latin               CTRL+RIGHT SHIFT
  Secondary mode    Latin II            CTRL+LEFT SHIFT

The key combinations for the Bulgarian, Russian, Serbia/Montenegro and
Macedonia keyboards are as follows:

                    Mode description    Key combination
                    -----------------------------------
  Primary mode      Latin               ALT+LEFT SHIFT
  Secondary mode    Cyrillic            ALT+RIGHT SHIFT


4.  Quick Reference Tables for International Language Support
=============================================================
The following table lists each country/region supported by MS-DOS 6.22,
along with the associated character set, CPI file, and keyboard codes.

                                       Supported
                       Country/Region  Character           Keyboard K'board
Country/Region                 Code      Sets     CPI File    Code       ID
===========================================================================
Albania                 355     852, 850   EGA.CPI    --        ---
Area South
  (Arabic Countries/regions)    785     850, 864*  EGA.CPI    --        ---
Argentina               054     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---
Australia               061     437, 850   EGA.CPI    us        ---
Austria                 043     850, 437   EGA.CPI    gr        See section
                                                                1.1
Belgium                 032     850, 437   EGA.CPI    be        ---
Bosnia/Herzegovina      387     852, 850   EGA.CPI    yu        234
Brazil                  055     850, 437   EGA.CPI    br        274, 275
Bulgaria                359     855, 850   EGA3.CPI   bg        442
Canada French           002     850, 863   EGA.CPI    cf        See section
                                                                1.1
Canada English          004     850, 863   EGA.CPI    cf        See section
                                                                1.1
Chile                   056     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---
Colombia                057     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---
Croatia                 384     852, 850   EGA.CPI    yu        234
Czech Republic          042     852, 850   EGA.CPI    cz        243
Denmark                 045     850, 865   EGA.CPI    dk        ---
Ecuador                 593     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---
Finland                 358     850, 437   EGA.CPI    su        ---
France                  033     850, 437   EGA.CPI    fr        120, 189
Germany                 049     850, 437   EGA.CPI    gr        See section
                                                                1.1
Greece                  030     869, 737,  EGA2.CPI   gk        319
                                850
Hong Kong               852     437, **    EGA.CPI    --        ---
Hungary                 036     852, 850   EGA.CPI    hu        ---
Iceland                 354     850, 861   EGA2.CPI   is        161
India                   091     437, **    EGA.CPI    --        ---
International English   061     437, 850   EGA.CPI    --        ---
Ireland                 353     850, 437   EGA.CPI    uk        ---
Israel                  972     850, 862*  EGA.CPI    --        ---
Italy                   039     850, 437   EGA.CPI    it        141, 142
Japan                   081     437, 932*  EGA.CPI    jp        ---
Korea                   082     437, 934*  EGA.CPI    --        ---
Latin America           003     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---
Macedonia               389     855, 850   EGA3.CPI   yc        118
Malaysia                060     437, **    EGA.CPI    --        ---
Mexico                  052     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---
Netherlands             031     850, 437   EGA.CPI    nl        ---
New Zealand             064     437, 850   EGA.CPI    us        ---
Norway                  047     850, 865   EGA.CPI    no        ---
People's Republic
  of China              086     437, 936*  EGA.CPI    --        ---
Poland                  048     852, 850   EGA.CPI    pl        ---
Portugal                351     850, 860   EGA.CPI    po        ---
Romania                 040     852, 850   EGA.CPI    ro        333
Russia                  007     866, 855,  EGA3.CPI   ru        441
                                852, 850,
                                437
Serbia/Montenegro       381     855, 850   EGA3.CPI   yc        118
Singapore               065     437, **    EGA.CPI    --        ---
Slovakia                421     852, 850   EGA.CPI    sl        245
Slovenia                386     852, 850   EGA.CPI    yu        234
South Africa            027     437, 850   EGA.CPI    us        ---
Spain                   034     850, 437   EGA.CPI    sp        ---
Sweden                  046     850, 437   EGA.CPI    sv        ---
Switzerland             041     850, 437   EGA.CPI    sf (French)
                                                      sg (German)
Taiwan                  886     437, 938*  EGA.CPI    --        ---
Turkey                  090     857, 850   EGA2.CPI   tr        440, 179
United Kingdom          044     850, 437   EGA.CPI    uk        166, 168
United States           001     437, 850   EGA.CPI    us        ---
Venezuela               058     850, 437   EGA.CPI    la        ---

 *  Although COUNTRY.SYS supports the country/region conventions (date,
    time, currency, etc.) associated with code pages 862 (Hebrew), 864
    (Arabic), 932 (Japanese), 934 (Korean), 936 (PRC Chinese), and 938
    (Taiwanese), those character sets (code pages) are available only with
    the associated special versions of MS-DOS (Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese,
    Korean, PRC Chinese, and Taiwanese).

 ** Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, and Singapore have been added to
    COUNTRY.SYS to give access to these countries'/regions' settings when
    using Universal English.

If you need to use settings for one of these countries/regions using the
primary language for that country/region, contact the appropriate
International Microsoft Office (Microsoft Hong Kong Limited, Microsoft
Systems Private Limited (India), Microsoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd, or Microsoft
Singapore Pte Ltd).
				

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Article ID: 117850 - Last Review: May 6, 2005 - Revision: 1.1
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  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition
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