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==More information==
 
==More information==
* [[Preparing a Computer running Linux / Gnome for Tibetan Editing]]
 
* [[Tibetan Input Method]] (general, all operating systems)
 
 
* [[How to edit Tibetan texts]]
 
* [[How to edit Tibetan texts]]
 
* [[Installing Monlam BodYig]]
 
* [[Installing Monlam BodYig]]
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* [[Preparing a Computer running Linux / Gnome for Tibetan Editing]]
 
* [[Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing]]
 
* [[Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing]]
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* [[Tibetan Input Method]] (general, all operating systems)
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* [[Unicode]]
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
* EWTS Extended Wylie system (PDF file) [http://www.thlib.org/reference/transliteration/teachingewts.pdf http://www.thlib.org/reference/transliteration/teachingewts.pdf]
 
* EWTS Extended Wylie system (PDF file) [http://www.thlib.org/reference/transliteration/teachingewts.pdf http://www.thlib.org/reference/transliteration/teachingewts.pdf]
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* Ibus: Description of the IBus project [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_Input_Bus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_Input_Bus]
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* IBus project home page [http://code.google.com/p/ibus/ http://code.google.com/p/ibus/]
 
* Input Methods, at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_method]
 
* Input Methods, at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_method]
 
* Monlam BodYig, fonts with input program [http://lobsangmonlam.org/Product.html http://lobsangmonlam.org/Product.html]
 
* Monlam BodYig, fonts with input program [http://lobsangmonlam.org/Product.html http://lobsangmonlam.org/Product.html]
 
* Unicode, at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode]
 
* Unicode, at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode]
 
* Wylie transliteration, at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylie_transliteration http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylie_transliteration]
 
* Wylie transliteration, at Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylie_transliteration http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylie_transliteration]
* Description of the IBus project [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_Input_Bus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_Input_Bus]
 
* IBus project home page [http://code.google.com/p/ibus/ http://code.google.com/p/ibus/]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 04:00, 10 January 2011

Img. 1: IBus needs to be enabled in Language settings
Img. 2: IBus preferences, hotkeys for switching input methods
Img. 3: IBus preferences, input method selection

Linux supports a number of different input method implementations to support different Tibetan keyboards:

  • IBUS, the Intelligent input bus. This provides the currently recommended method for typing Tibetan in Linux.
  • UIM, for older linux versions that do not yet support IBus
  • SCIM, not described here.

Installing a Tibetan IBUS input method for gnome

  • You should have installed the packages: ibus, ibus-m17n, m17ndb.
  • Ubuntu users need to make sure (10.04 and higher) that IBus is the active input method: Go to System / Administration / Language support: On the bottom of the screen is the Input Method selector, make sure it is on "IBus". (See Img. 1)
  • Next, configure a hotkey that switches between your normal keyboard and the Tibetan input method. Go to System / Preferences / IBus Preferences and select a hot key (see Img. 2).
  • Then enable a Tibetan input method (available are EWTS, extended Wylie, Wylie and CTRC) (see Img. 3)

Installing a Tibetan UIM input method for gnome

For gnome you need the packages uim, uim-m17nlib, uim-applet-gnome. This installs a Wylie input method (as part of uim-m17nlib) and a keyboard switcher that can be added to the gnome panel:

  • Right-click the gnome-panel, select "Add to Panel..." and add the "Input Method Indicator (uim)".
  • Within the configuration of UIM, enable the input method "m17n-bo-wylie" or the newer m17n-bo-ewts, .
  • Now open gnome text editor (gedit), select a Tibetan font, e.g. Tibetan Machine Uni and activate the input method "m17n-bo-wylie".
  • You should now be able to type Tibetan.

Advanced customization

All input methods (scim, uim, and ibus) rely on a configuration file that is installed as part of m17n.lib.

It is possible to exchange or change the way the input method "m17n-bo-wylie" works: Simply edit (as root, make a backup first!)

/usr/share/m17n/bo-wylie.mim

to add or modify the translation from wylie into Unicode Tibetan. This file serves as documentation of the input method and is also a good way to understand how the input method translates Wylie into Tibetan Unicode.

More information

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