Karen Unicode Tutorials
So you have a computer, and you want to use it to view and/or edit Karen text. Your at the right place. The purpose of this section of KanyawTech.org is to provide step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow to get Karen working on their system.
- Step 1. Install Fonts and a Keyboard Layout
To view Karen Unicode text you need fonts. While there are several options, Padauk is probably the best. Download it from scripts.sil.org), and install in your computer.
For step-by-step directions on installing the Padauk font, go to the Installing Padauk Fonts page.
Also, see the Fonts page for additional font faces and discussion.
There are many reasons for you to use proper Unicode fonts. In the past, due to technical limitations and general ignorance, many people have used non-Unicode Karen (and Burmese) fonts. It's time to let go of the past, and learn to use real Unicode compliant fonts. See the Why Unicode page for more information.
If you wish to type Karen, you will need a keyboard layout. Download the KNU keyboard layout, and install to your computer. A cheat-sheet is included in that zip archive. Alternatively, visit the development keyboards page for more layouts and discussion.
- Step 2. Set up your Web Browser
- Firefox is the best web browser for displaying Unicode text. It is available from www.mozilla.org. You should set Firefox to use the Padauk font by default for Myanmar text. Also, enable the graphite font rendering engine if it isn't on by default. Please see the firefox page for more information.
- Step 3. Set up your Productivity Suite
- Set up and learn to effectively use Microsoft Office.
- Step 4. XeLaTex (Unicode replacement for Latex)