the 12-day training, participants learnt about the foundation of Dzongkha
computing, installing the Dzongkha unicode fonts and configuring the keyboard
driver, using the keyboard layout, creating Dzongkha word, plain, spread
sheet, powerpoint and access documents, creating Dzongkha web pages and
setting browsers to view Dzongkha web pages and on using Unicode Converter.
"The Unicode dzongkha computing tools are based on international standards
and is as flexible as the English computing system," said resource person
Pema Choejay with the Dzongkha Development Authority.
Unicode provides a common standard for all the different existing Dzongkha
computing systems in use today in Bhutan. There are four different computing
systems following different command keys making one system incompatible
with the other. Dzongkha computer users will also be able to write in lowercase
Dzongkha, popularly known as 'Juyig' the lack of which is strongly felt
by Dzongkha users, under the Unicode umbrella.
fractions, mathematical signs, tabulating documents, unequal alignment
while typing English and Dzongkha together will also be possible with the
unicode system. But the unicode system is not at all compatible with Apple
Macintosh operating systems.
Dzongkha Development Authority and the Ministry of Information and Communications
plans to conduct more training workshops on the use of the unicode Dzongha
computing tools in all the dzongkhags and educational institutions including
Bhuddhist learning centres in monasteries and also at the geog level.
by Pema Choejay 2005