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Re: Washington Cyrillic

How on earth can DEK get it across---he said several times---that
his foreign language techniques were introduced for short citations
and bibliography, not for long runs of text.  

How on earth does the AMS get it across---they have said it several times---
that the particular keyed input used for AMS Cyrillic was designed
to integrate with Romanized cyrillic input for short citations and
bibliography, not for long runs of text.   When these things were developed,
the vast majority of input devices available to the ordinary user were
STUPID 7-bit character devices, and Romanized consonant clusters were,
whether one liked it or not, the only generally available way to go.

AMS Cyrillic---Tom Ridgeway followed the conventions of AMS Cyrillic---
is a convention for the publishers of Mathematics in predominantly
English language environments.  In the past 14 years (and more---because
AMS Cyrillic precedes the official release of TeX82) things like
MULE have made the use of AMS Cyrillic for long texts in Russian
a nonsense.  It is probably still useful for what it was intended for
which is short citations and bibliography in an environment where
a consistent Romanization is also needed.  

In short passages like that, the occurrence of hyphenation, even in
the sesquipedalian world of Russian can and will be handled 
ad hoc.  If you want running hyphenation for long texts, go to Tsuji.
Or to RusTeX.  

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