Keyman

THL Toolbox > Tibetan Scripts, Fonts & Related Issues > Tibetan Input Tools for Windows > Keyman Keyboards

Keyman Keyboards

Contributor(s): Chris Walker, Peter Hauer, THL Staff.

A series of keyboards for entering Tibetan script in Windows applications has been created by Chris Walker from the University of Chicago, who has graciously agreed to make them available through THL. These keyboards use external link: Tavultesoft Keyman, which is free for personal use. Installation is simple, and the keyboards can be invoked either through a keyboard shortcut or an icon. They enable the user to enter Tibetan script using either a external link: Unicode Tibetan font or the Tibetan Machine font.

Download Unicode Tibetan Keyman Keyboards from Chris Walker

The following keyboard layouts are available for entering Unicode Tibetan:

  1. external link: Sambhota Keymap #1 to Unicode
  2. external link: Sambhota Keymap #2 to Unicode
  3. external link: THL Extended Wylie to Unicode

Download Unicode Tibetan Keyman Keyboards from Peter Hauer

external link: Peter Hauer from external link: Linguasoft has also created a set of keyboards that use Tavultesoft Keyman, which is free for personal use. These keyboards come in self-installing packages along with documentation and are also free for personal use. They allow for input of Unicode Tibetan either through a direct one-for-one key-to-character correspondence or through the Extended Wylie Transliteration System. One may download either of those keyboard or both packaged together. When the file downloads, it will automatically install if one has the Keyman program properly installed on one's machine. Use of these keyboards depends on having a Unicode Tibetan font, such as external link: Tibetan Machine Uni installed on one's machine.

The following keyboards were created by Peter Hauer of Linguasoft.

Documentation:

Download Legacy Tibetan Font Keyman Keyboards from Chris Walker

The following keyboard layouts are available for entering Tibetan using the Tibetan Machine font:

  1. external link: Sambhota Keymap #1 to Unicode
  2. external link: THL Extended Wylie to Tibetan Machine

These keyboards can be downloaded individually or in a combined package. For installation instructions, see below.

We welcome feedback on any or all of these keyboards, please contact Chris at keyboards@tibetanportal.com with any suggestions, comments, enhancement requests, or bugs.

Installation Instructions

There are three simple steps to installing the Keyman keyboards:

In order to use any of these keyboards, the proper Tibetan font needs to be installed. For these keyboards this is either the Unicode font, external link: Tibetan Machine font, or the legacy font, Tibetan Machine. See our Tibetan Fonts page for more details.

The next step is to download the personal-use version of Keyman 6.0 from external link: Tavultesoft Keyman's download page. The downloaded file is a self-installing .exe file. One simply has to double-click on this file and follow the installation instructions. When Keyman has been installed, one can activate it through the Start menu under All Programs > Tavultesoft Keyman. If one wishes to have Keyman always active, one can go to All Programs > Tavultesoft Keyman and choose the Keyman Configuration option. In the resulting window choose the option tab and click on "Start Keyman with Windows" box to activate it. Then, click o.k. When Keyman is active, a small icon of a keyboard key with a "K" in it will appear in one's icon tray:

keymanicon.png-1

The final step is to download the desired keyboard(s). Using the download links in the highlight box on the left of this page, download the desired keyboard. Unpack the .zip file that has been saved to your hard drive. One simply has to double click on the resultant keyman file to install the keyboard

Once Keyman and the keyboards have been installed a small icon of a keyboard key with the letter "K" on it will appear in one's icon tray at the lower right corner of one's screen. Clicking on this icon will produce a list of available (i.e., installed) keyboards from which to choose. Clicking on an option activates the keyboard.

Provided for unrestricted use by the external link: Tibetan and Himalayan Library