LibreOffice / OpenOffice configuration for Tibetan script support
- Follow Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing to setup your computer for Tibetan editing. (Install input method, fonts and correct display of complex scripts).
- Get the latest version of LibreOffice or OpenOffice for your platform.
Note: The recommendation is to use LibreOffice V.4.0 or newer. All techniques discussed on this page should also work with the latest OpenOffice versions.
Configuration of LibreOffice
- Start LibreOffice
Tools/Options/Language Settings/Languagesand within "Enhanced Language Support" enable "Enabled complex text layout (CTL)". Complex text layout is required to be able to work with Tibetan Unicode fonts in LibreOffice.
- In the same dialog select as "Default Language" for "CTL"
Dzongkha. Dzongkha (a language spoken in Bhutan that is related to Tibetan and uses the same script as Tibetan).
- Select OK. From now each font select dialog requires the definition of two fonts: one font that is been used for western texts (e.g. English) and one font that is been used for Tibetan.
Tools/Options/LibreOffice Writer/Basic Fonts (CTL).
- Configure Jomolhari as your default Tibetan font. (Make sure that you actually have installed Jomolhari, it can be downloaded freely from Chris Fynn's website, see Jomolhari)
If you have correctly followed Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing, you should now be able enter English or Tibetan within LibreOffice by simply switching the input method of your Operating system.
- In Windows, the TISE input method switches between English and Wylie-Tibetan when
- In Linux use the Gnome-UIM applet, enable bo-wylie as input method.
- With Mac OS-X select the Tibetan Wylie keyboard.
- How to edit Tibetan texts shows example documents in Tibetan.
- A spellchecker for Tibetan and Libre- or OpenOffice. A spellchecking extension for Libre- and OpenOffice provided by Elie Roux.
Additional Software: Tibetan formatting macros
You can also install the Tibetan Formatting LibreOffice Extension.