Using Microsoft Internet Explorer with Dzongkha

Windows Only

Preparation

Configuration of Internet Explorer for Dzongkha

Set Character Encoding

Procedure:

  • Start Internet Explorer, and navigate to a Dzongkha webpage
  • In the Internet Explorer menu go to: ViewEncoding
  • Select: "Unicode (UTF-8)"
IE View, Encoding

 

Configure Fonts

Procedure:

  • Next, in the menu go to: Tools Internet Options
IE Tools, Internet Options
  • In the Internet Options dialog box choose the General tab, and click on the Fonts button near the bottom of the panel:
  • In the Fonts dialog box, in the drop down list box next to Language script select Tibetan:
  • Your Fonts dialog box should now look like like the one illustrated below.
  • In the list box under Webpage font: select the Dzongkha Font you wish to use as your default (i.e. DDC Uchen).
  • Finally, click on the OK button in this dialog box, and again in the Internet Options dialog box.
    Dzongkha web pages should now display correctly as in the example below:

Troubleshooting

Common problems and their solutions

Dzongkha text displays as meaningless Latin characters

When the browser does not properly recognize the character encoding of a web page, Dzongkha text may be displayed as meaningless Latin characters as in the example immediately above. To rectify this problem:

  • In the Internet Explorer menu go to: ViewEncoding
  • Select: "Unicode (UTF-8)"
  • The web page should now be displayed correctly as in the screenshot below:

Dzongkha text displays as boxes

When Dzongkha fonts are not properly installed on your system, Dzongkha text may be displayed as box characters as in the example above. Here Internet Exporer is trying to use a font without Dzongkha glyphs needed to display Dzongkha text. The box is the glyph in that font representing a missing character. To rectify this problem:

  • Click here and choose save to download the DDC Dzongkha fonts installer package. (DzongkhaFonts.msi)
  • Go to your desktop, or the folder where you saved the file, and click on the icon or file name to run the package and install the DDC Dzongkha fonts.
  • Follow the intstuctions at the top of this page to configure the Dzongkha fonts for your browser.

 

Dzongkha letters do not join up


Dzongkha text displaying with Arial Unicode MS font
 

This problem can occur when your your web browser is using Microsoft's Arial Unicode MS to display Dzongkha text. The Arial Unicode MS font, which is installed with Microsoft Office, has glyphs for Dzongkha script but it does not contain the inbuilt rules required for combining Dzongkha letters, or the ligature glyphs neccessary to display these combinations properly. However, because the font contains glyphs for Dzongkha, Windows and Internet Explorer may automatically choose Arial Unicode MS as the default font for Dzongkha.

To solve this problem:

  • First, delete the Arial Unicode MS font form your C:\WINDOWS\Fonts folder. If present, this font can cause many problems when working with Dzongkha on your computer.
  • Next, download and install the DDC Dzongkha fonts package. (DzongkhaFonts.msi) - see instructions in previous section.
  • Finally, follow the intstuctions at the top of this page to configure the Dzongkha fonts for your browser.

 

Dzongkha letters overlap, ligatures are not formed properly


Dzongkha text not formed properly with old version of Uniscribe
 

This problem, illustrated in the screenshot above, occurs on Windows XP when you have a version of Uniscribe (USP10.DLL) installed in your C:\WINDOWS\System32 directory which does not have support for Dzongkha and Tibetan script. To solve this problem, carefully follow the Instructions for updating Uniscribe on Windows XP on the Windows XP Instructions page of this site.

After following this proceedure, and restarting Windows and Internet Explorer, Dzongkha ligatures should display properly as in the screenshot below:


Dzongkha ligatures formed properly after updating Uniscribe