Karen Unicode Tutorials - OpenOffice

This tutorial assumes you are using a fairly recent version of OpenOffice. The some of these dirrections may apply to LibreOffice. However, I have had better success getting OpenOffice to render Myanmar and Karen text, so that is why I choose OpenOffice.

The default OpenOffice settings are not ideal for the Karen Languages and require several configuration steps after installation. This page outlines how it can be set up to work better with Karen Unicode.

Setup your Operating Systems User Interface Font

This step is only necessary if you have enabled the Burmese User Interface using a Myanmar Language Pack

OpenOffice uses the default System font for displaying Menus, dialog boxes etc. This means that if the System font does not have Myanmar glyphs, then you will see blank squares if you have enabled the Burmese User Interface or when you type Myanmar in the Find and Replace dialog or when you select Myanmar Numbers in the Format Cells dialog.

On Windows you can change the font as follows:

  1. Right click on the desktop and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Appearance Tab and click the Advanced button.
  3. Change the Item to Message Box
  4. Change the font to a Myanmar font e.g. Padauk. You may want to adjust the size as well.
  5. Change the Menu, ToolTip, Active Title Bar font in the same way.
  6. Click OK and Apply.

On Linux you can change the font as follows:

  1. Open the Gnome Font dialog. e.g. System → Preferences → Font.
  2. Change the application font to a Myanmar font. You may want to adjust the size as well.

Enable the Myanmar Locale

  1. Open OpenOffice.org Writer.
  2. Choose Tools → Options from the Menu and go to the Language Settings / Languages section on the left hand side.
  3. Change the Locale setting to Myanmar (Burmese) - this will take affect the next time you restart OpenOffice.
  4. Tick the item “Enabled for complex text layout (CTL)” (at the bottom).
  5. Change the CTL language to Myanmar from the drow down list.
  6. Click OK and reopen Tools → Options and go to the OpenOffice.org Writer / Basic Fonts (CTL) Section. (You need to reopen the Options dialog for the CTL section to appear)
  7. Change the default font for CTL to a Myanmar Unicode font that is installed on your computer (e.g. Padauk).
  8. Click OK.
  9. Choose Tools → Auto Correct from the menu.
  10. In the Word Completion tab untick Collect words.

Myanmar features

Karen specific features are currently unavailable in OpenOffice. However, some of the Myanmar features may also apply to Karen. Myanmar features that are available are:

Formating numbers and currency in Myanmar language

  1. Open OpenOffice Calc.
  2. Right click on a cell and choose Format Cells
  3. In the Number tab you can select Myanmar.
  4. Choose an appropriate number format.

Sorting according to Myanmar Dictionary Order

  1. Select the columns that you want to sort.
  2. Choose Data→Sort and select the Options tab.
  3. Change the language to Myanmar (if you have restarted since setting the Myanmar locale in Options - Language Settings - Languages then it should already be selected).

Configuring Styles

You may want to change the default style of an existing document to use a Myanmar Unicode font automatically.

  1. Open the Styles and Formating dialog from the Format menu if it is not already open.
  2. Right click on Default and choose Modify.
  3. Change the CTL language and font as appropriate.


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