Language, Script + Keyboard
Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan, is spoken by over 170,000 people worldwide. The language is written using the Tibetan script, which was developed from Devanagari in the 7th century originally for the Tibetan language.
At Tavultesoft we've offered a collection of great Tibetan keyboards for a number of years. However, as with different Latin-script languages, Dzongkha uses a different frequency of letters than Tibetan and requires a different keyboard. The new Keyman Dzongkha keyboard meets that need, following the official Dzongkha layout as approved by the government of Bhutan in 2009.
The Dzongkha keyboard places all of the letters necessary for Dzongkha and Tibetan on four shift states. Basic characters are typed with unshifted keys. Subjoined glyphs and other important characters can be added with the Shift key. Rarer characters are under the AltGr key, with subjoined rare glyphs and other rare characters under Shift+AltGr. (On KeymanWeb, AltGr can be accessed via Ctrl+Alt). The keyboard also offers four different spacing characters:
- Tibetan Tsheg on the Spacebar
- Latin Space on Shift+Spacebar
- Non-breaking Tsheg on AltGr+Spacebar
- Non-breaking Space on Shift+AltGr+Spacebar