Tibetan Font text wrap or SoftReturn issue in Word 2007 resolved
Word 2007 can work with UNIcode Microsoft Himalaya Font nicely. Advantage with MS Himalaya is that it can render Tibetan Font, English and Sanskrit nicely without any other font files.
Word 2007 has a feature “use Line-breaking rules” box under Option. Without this “option” or feature, Word will not wrap Tibetan Font text correctly. You will see broken words at end of the line that has non-printable “Soft Return”. It older Word, such options may be there but I am not aware of it.
Where is the Option hidden?
Go to Word 2007 Logo on left top corner of Word Window and Click. Word Options Tab is at the bottom Right Pop-Up Window. Click it and Word Option Menu window pops up. At right hand side Menu, 5th level is the Advanced option and click it. Another set of list will appear and go to the very end of the list. It is quite a big list. You may have to roll your Mouse few times. At the end, you will see your Document name and expandable Layout Options. Click on Plus(Expandable option) and list of check box will appear. Go down far down where you will see “Use Line-Breaking Rules” . Check the box and you are done.
Note: This change will affect current document at hand. However if you want such Word Wrap to take affect every time when you use Word, then change option at “Compatibility Option for:” and from pull down Menu select “All New Documents”.
Word 2007 can use PRC Keyboard that comes FREE with Vista and Windows 7. Read more on this here
Tibetan Font, Unicode and Web Design
Windows Vista and Windows7 Operating System are shipped or sold with MS Himalaya font. Also Apples’ devices such as iPAD, iTouch, iPhone Operating System IOS version 4.2 and above have MS Himalaya compatible fonts. That means Vista, Windows 7, Apples IOS 4.2 and above can display Tibetan script in internet browser(MS Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) and ebook readers such as Stanza for Apple devices.
MS Himalaya is 16 bit Unicode which is referred to as simply Unicode!
Windows XP however need to download either Microsoft Himalaya or Tibetan Machine Uni which is FREE.
Web Design in Tibetan script, English, Sanskrit or Devnagri side by side is now possible.
Here are few tips.
Php file are saved as ANSI as usual. CSS, Inc (include), html, txt and other Main Tibetan documents are saved as UNIcode.
UDP is a FREE Tibetan Unicode Keyboard Editor. It can be downloaded from
. Go there and click Download UDP.
There is yet another Tibetan Unicode Font which is Free. It is called Tibetan Machine Uni Font. It can be downloaded from this website
. Goto Download Heading and click. A Zipped file will open up and you will see a file named TibMachUni-1.901b.ttf. Remember the folder it is saved to in your computer. You will need it later. This is the Font file. Goto Windows Vista or XP and click START; Goto Control Panel and then look for Fonts; Double click it. Right Click your Mouse anywhere within this new window; another small menu window will pop up. Look down at the bottom of it. You will see Install New Fonts… Click it and it will ask you where to look for the New Font. Fill up the Drives and Folders option- you know where above file is located.
So far Dolma21, Tsawa Sherab, ChoeJuk, Sherab Nyingpo, and LamRim Chemo are there for your Readings.
LamRim Chemo is split into smaller files(11 files in total). It takes a while to load such huge files.
How to convert files to html Unicode
- Open UDP.
- Click on Options Tab; click Font.
- Un-Tick everything, first.
- Tick UNICODE; Choose your font from the Drop-down list; You should see Microsoft Himalaya OR Tibetan Machine Uni; Pick one.
- For Serif : MS-serif is fine; Leave it as is.
- Open your Tibetan Text Document under Tab; File-> Open
- Your original font(whatever it may be ) is converted to MS Himalaya or TibetanMachineUNi font automatically depends on what you choose in step 4.
- Click Save As and under Save As Type; From the Pull-down list choose Rich Text File Unicode(*.rtf) and give it a file name; say LamRimUni.rtf.
- Right Click LamRimUni.rtf file or whatever name of the file is and Move your Mouse over Open With. You will see hosts of Programs; You MUST open it with WORDPAD. It should be there by default.
- Open it with WordPad and your document in Tibetan Text will appear.
- Use Save As to Save this file, once Again, as TXT file. For this go to Save As; Go to Save As Type; Select from the List- Unicode Text Document (*.txt)-very important. This option should be there, if earlier rtf save was done correctly in Unicode. Else it won’t show up. File name is now LamRimUni.txt. NOT rtf !!!
- Now Rename the file txt to htm or html in Windows OS; ignore the warnings. Go to your file in Windows and Right Click and select Rename. Change it from LamRimUni.txt to LamRimUni.htm;
This file now can be edited in WordPad or NotePad like any other html file ie you can add any HTML code to it. It is now ready to open in any Browser. Don't forget to save it back as UNICODE not 8-bit uni or ANSI etc.
Odd observation and warning
Since Tibetan Pechas are long and without Paragraph or Line-Break (hard), almost all Browsers fail to display correctly. Solution is to put few Paragraphs or Line-Breaks, manually. It does the trick.
Unicode Tibetan Font Microsoft Himalaya file
It has many advantages over other Tibetan 8-bit font files in the past-Sambota, Esama, TCRC-Youtso etc. Following are the highlights of it.
a) Line Space is a big issue when Sanskrit (NagYig) and Tibetan script are written along side by side for visual or hardcopy. With Microsoft Himalaya this issue is resolved.
Here is an example 1:Tibetan; NagYig; English
Note: All above fonts/Scripts(Tibetan, NagYig, English, Sanskrit, Devnagri) are in a single Microsoft Himalaya font file.
Also note the line-space. All scripts fits nicely together.
b) With single Font file, Tibetan, NagYing, Sanskrit/Devnagri and English can be keyed in without having to change font file for every different scripts. This saves time and chances of errors.
UDP Keyboard, free software, can translate almost all other fonts like Sambota, Sama, TCRC-Youmtso, etc. to Microsoft Himalaya Unicode.
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