Tibetan Unicode Installation
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
- 2 Unicode enabling Windows XP
- 3 Unicode enabling Windows Vista
- 4 Unicode enabling Linux
- 5 Unicode enabling Mac OS-X
- 6 Additional helpful tools
In order to be able to view and edit Tibetan texts encoded in Tibetan Unicode you need three components:
- A operating system that supports displaying complex scripts.
- Tibetan Fonts in Unicode format
- A Tibetan Input Method
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 2 is available for Windows, Linux and Mac (see http://www.neooffice.org and comments below) so Unicode documents created with OpenOffice can efficiently be shared across platforms.
Unicode enabling Windows XP
Enabling complex script support
Microsoft Windows XP supports complex scripts, the feature to correctly display Tibetan stacks, only with Microsoft Office 2003 SP1 and later. However it is possible to install support for Tibetan complex scripts for all applications (e.g. Web browsers and OpenOffice).
An excellent description how to update Windows XP can be found at THDL.
Additional information can be found here: 
Installing Unicode fonts
Installing a Tibetan input method
Unicode enabling Windows Vista
No software needs to be installed: Windows Vista already contains all three required components: an input method (see Control Panel / Regional and Language settings for a Tibetan keyboard), support to display Tibetan script and a Tibetan font, Microsoft Himalaya.
You can directly start using Notepad, OpenOffice or the latest Microsoft Office version to create Tibetan documents in standard Unicode encoding.