Dzongkha Keyboard & Input Methods
The Dzongkha keyboard layout is a simple way of inputting Dzongkha
or Choöké Unicode text. The layout was jointly
designed by the Dzongkha
Development Commission (DDC) and the
Department of Information Technology (DIT). Keyboard definitions
supporting this layout are available for computers using the Microsoft
Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems.
Dzongkha Keyboard for Windows
The Dzongkha Keyboard layout for Windows XP & 2000 was designed
and approved by both the DDC and DIT and
was originally implemented as part of the DDC Dzongkha Computing
Instructions for downloading and installation
- Download and extract the files
in the zip archive to a temporary folder.
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder where you extracted
- Double click on the installer file kbd_Dz.msi to install.
Once installed, the keyboard must be assigned to one of the languages
supported by Windows XP. Since Windows XP does not officially support
Dzongkha we must assingn the Dzongkha keyboard to another language.
- From the Start menu go to the Control Panel
- Choose Regional and Language Options
- Choose the Languages tab
- Under Text Services & Input Languages click on the "Details" button.
- Under the Settings tab click the "Add" button
- Under "Input Language" choose an unused language (e.g. "Konkani" or "Icelandic")
- Then under Keyboard Layout/IME choose "Dzongkha" and
The Dzongkha input method (keyboard) is now assigned to that
language and when selected it will appear as "Konkani" KO or "Icelandic" IS
whichever language you assigned the keyboard to) in your taskbar.
If the language bar does not appear, go to the Control Panel and
choose Regional and Language Options. Under the Languages tab,
click the "Details" button within Text Services & Input Languages.
Under the Settings tab, click on the "Language Bar" button and
then click the box next to "Show the Language Bar on the desktop".
Note: The Dzongkha keyboard
for Windows XP was created with Microsoft's Keyboard
Layout Creator (MSKLC) - and may be modified using the same
utiity. The MSKLC source file (kbd_Dz.klc) is contained in the
While Microsoft Windows Vista comes with very good built in support
for Dzongkha and Chöké script rendering and
collation, unfortunately the current version does not include a
Bhutanese locale or Dzongkha keyboard layout. The NLB is therefore
making these available so that users may install them.
Please see our seperate page: Dzongkha
Keyboard & Bhutanese Locale for Windows Vista.
To view the Dzongkha
pages on this website properly we recommend that Windows Vista users also install the Jomolhari
The Dzongkha keyboard is included in Linux distributions as a standard
part of the
X Windows / XFree86 windowing system
Dzongkha Keyboard layout for Mac OSX
A Dzongkha keyboard / ime for Mac OSX has been created by Dr. Christopher Walker based on the same layout.
Other Input methods
TISE is an input method for Dzongkha and Chöké based
on typing Romanised Dzongkha using an extended version of the Wylie
transcription method known as the Extended
Wylie Trasnsliteration Scheme or EWTS. This transliteration
scheme is the same as that used for transliterating names of book titles
in our Online Public Access Catalouge.
— The TISE input method is also very similar to the input
method formerly offered by the NLB for
use with our Gelong Rinchen and Pem Tsewang fonts — however
TISE works with Unicode fonts. As you type, TISE intercepts user input
and converts EWTS sequences into proper codes for Dzongkha text
to be displayed using a Dzongkha
Unicode font. TISE was developed by Mr. Gregory Mokhin and only
works with Microsoft Windows (2000/XP/Vista).
TISE is available for download