How to input Romanized Pali and Sanskrit (letters with diacritic marks) in Openoffice.org 3.2 in Linux and Windows

Openoffice.org 3.2 comes with two useful features:

  1. Alt keys can be used as shortcut keys.
  2. Open type fonts (otf) support

The first feature is important for Pali and Sanskrit input. It is the best if we can use the following short-cut keys:

Alt key + a=ā
Alt key + Shift Key + a=Ā
Alt key + r=ṛ
Alt key + t=ṭ
...

How to input Romanized Pali and Sanskrit (letters with diacritic marks) in Openoffice.org 3.2?

First use "Record Micros" to record the diacritic letters (for example, ā); next, use "Customize Keyboards" to sign shortcut key for the recorded Micro(for example Alt +a for ā).

The easiest method

In Linux

Just download the attached zip file and unzip to overwrite your user folder (~/.openoffice/3/user)

See also: http://thanhsiang.org/faqing/node/24

In Windows XP/Vista/7

1. Download Openoffice 3.2 portable version at: http://portableapps.com/apps/office/openoffice_portable
or the full version at http://openoffice.org

2. Find the Openoffice user folder,

  • For the Portable Version: it is located at /OpenOfficePortable/Data/settings/user
  • For the full version, it is located at C://Documents and Settings/user*/Application Data/Openoffice/3/user (I am not sure. I have never used the full version in Windows)

3. Download the attached zip file and unzip to overwrite your user folder.

Shortcut keys used:
Alt Key + a = ā
Alt Key + A = Ā
Alt Key + i = ī
Alt Key + I = Ī
Alt Key + u = ū
Alt Key + U = Ū
Alt Key + r = ṛ
Alt Key + R = Ṛ
Alt Key + l = ḷ
Alt Key + L = Ḷ
Alt Key + m = ṃ
Alt Key + M = Ṃ
Alt Key + k = ṁ
Alt Key + K = Ṁ
Alt Key + h = ḥ
Alt Key + H = Ḥ
Alt Key + g = ṅ
Alt Key + G = Ṅ
Alt Key + j = ñ
Alt Key + J = Ñ
Alt Key + t = ṭ
Alt Key + T = Ṭ
Alt Key + d = ḍ
Alt Key + D = Ḍ
Alt Key + n = ṇ
Alt Key + N = Ṇ
Alt Key + W = ś
Alt Key + W = Ś
Alt Key + s = ṣ
Alt Key + S = Ṣ

For ṝ Ṝ ḹ Ḹ, you need to manually input by using "Insert Special Characters"

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Alternative way for Sanskrit Ubuntu diacritics

Another way which involves no new software or changing default settings is:

Compose Key (Shift+AltGr in 14.04) +!+t=ṭ etc.
Compose Key (Shift+AltGr in 14.04) +.+n=ṅ
Compose Key (Shift+AltGr in 14.04) +-+a=ā etc.
Compose Key (Shift+AltGr in 14.04) +~+n=ñ
Compose Key (Shift+AltGr in 14.04) +'+s=ś
This also works with capital letters.

The easiest method

The easiest method

Just download the attached gz file and unzip to overwrite your user folder (~/.openoffice/3/user)
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For me (~/.openoffice.org/3/user). So what is the next steps?

Then open your Openoffice.org

Then open your Openoffice.org 3.2 and type:
Alt key + a=ā
Alt key + i=ī
Alt key + u=ū
Alt key + r=ṛ
Alt key + l=ḷ
Alt key + b=ṅ
Alt key + j=ñ
Alt key + t=ṭ
Alt key + d=ḍ
Alt key + n=ṇ
Alt key + s=ś
Alt key + w=ṣ
Alt key + m=ṃ
Alt key + h=ḥ

Write this where?? I am using the 3.4.1 version (last one)

Could someone please help me? Write this where? The first instruction about record macros is not clear at all...

I cannot find a way to assign the shortcuts for special charachters. I've been trying for days with the altt key handler, the other attachements and nothing works. Obviously I'm doing something wrong!

Alt + r not working...?

Any idea why I cannot get my "Alt key + r=ṛ" to work? Every other combination works...

Umang

Maybe you do not have unicode

Maybe you do not have unicode fonts. Try to install Segoe UI from Windows 7. Or try Litreoffice:
http://thanhsiang.org/faqing/node/174

Thank you

Now it works! Thank so much!

Yes!

Works for me too!
Thanks a LOT!
Zac

Pali Uppercase Letters

Hi...

I'm very thankful to you for the material found here.
I was wondering if there is a way to type Pali uppercase letters with diacritical signs in Linux.
I know this is a western convention, and that the Pali language doesn't really use it, but it's useful when typing proper names such as Ananda in English texts.
I followed the procedure above and can only type lowercase letters.
Any hints on that?
Thank you very much!
Zac.

The attached zip file

The attached zip file contains updated micros and shortcut keys which support the Uppercase letters.

Zip file corrupted?

Is the attached zip file (Pali macros for Linux) corrupted? It is only 7K and will not unzip with Archive Manager.