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Slavic Europe (except for Western Slavic and some Southern Slavic), the Caucasus, Siberia, and the Russian Far East.The first alphabet derived from Cyrillic was Abur, used for the Komi language.The script is named in honor of the two Byzantine brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius, who created the Glagolitic alphabet earlier on.Modern scholars believe that Cyrillic was developed and formalized by early disciples of Cyril and Methodius.Thus, unlike the majority of modern Greek fonts that retained their own set of design principles for lower-case letters (such as the placement of serifs, the shapes of stroke ends, and stroke-thickness rules, although Greek capital letters do use Latin design principles), modern Cyrillic fonts are much the same as modern Latin fonts of the same font family.The development of some Cyrillic computer typefaces from Latin ones has also contributed to the visual Latinization of Cyrillic type.In the early 18th century, the Cyrillic script used in Russia was heavily reformed by Peter the Great, who had recently returned from his Grand Embassy in western Europe. Cyrillic script spread throughout the East Slavic and some South Slavic territories, being adopted for writing local languages, such as Old East Slavic.
These additional letters were used for Old Church Slavonic sounds not found in Greek.The name "Cyrillic" often confuses people who are not familiar with the script's history, because it does not identify a country of origin (in contrast to the "Greek alphabet").Some call it the "Russian alphabet" because Russian is the most popular and influential alphabet based on the script.The Unicode 5.1 standard, released on 4 April 2008, greatly improves computer support for the early Cyrillic and the modern Church Slavonic language.In Microsoft Windows, the Segoe UI user interface font is notable for having complete support for the archaic Cyrillic letters since Windows 8.
However, the native font terminology in most Slavic languages (for example, in Russian) does not use the words "roman" and "italic" in this sense.—"sloped", or "slanted type") instead of italic.