Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing

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This article describes how to install the required software in order to be able to display and edit texts encoded in Tibetan Unicode.[1]

Overview

In order to be able to view and edit Tibetan texts encoded in Tibetan Unicode you need three components:

One of the major advantages of Unicode is that Unicode applications do not need to understand the rules how to create glyphs for a given language. The actual knowhow how to create Tibetan stacks resides within the Unicode font and the complex script support of the operating system.

Once all three components above are available, standard Unicode applications can be used to create, edit and display Tibetan texts.

A particularly useful Unicode application is OpenOffice. OpenOffice 3.1 is available for Windows, Linux and Mac, so Unicode documents created with OpenOffice can efficiently be shared across platforms. See also: Configuring OpenOffice for Tibetan script.

Use the Tibetan Unicode Test Page to verify your installation.

Preparation Guides for different Operating Systems

Note: for mobile devices, see:

Additional helpful tools

A number of Tibetan text editors and font conversion programs are available mainly for Windows that can be used to convert existing legacy documents in various different Tibetan encodings of the pre-Unicode era.

Additional information

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References

  1. This is based on an article I wrote on the dharmadictionary.net wiki