As computer and internet industry gain influence and market in Cambodia, several types of Khmer fonts have been developed as well, such as Khek font, Limon font, Zero-Space font, and many others just to name a few. Most of them were not developed by using Unicode or meet the guideline of the Unicode Standards. However, all of these fonts have been widely utilized with word processing, such as Word in Microsoft Office. Because many of these fonts were neither developed using Unicode Standards nor adopted by makers of World Wide Web (WWW) browsers, many Khmer fonts were not readable without special library drivers.
Khmer Unicode For Window Vista:
Microsoft Window Vista (32bit and 64 bit) comes with Khmer Unicode built-in, but required you to set it up in order to read Web page using Khmer Unicode or to write in Khmer Unicode properly. The keyboard layout is a little bit different from keyboard layout developed by NIDA. Example, to type, kra-bey (in khmer), firstly type "K", then press "Space" to reserve space for Jerng (or Chherng) and press "R". To space between character, hold "Shift" and press "Space". Now, you should have kra. Download Khmer OS fonts from the right side and you will enjoy and have fun with all the fonts style and types.
- Set Up Khmer Unicode on Microsoft Window Vist 32-bit or 64-bit
- Download Instruction PDF file: How to Set Up Khmer Unicode on Your Window Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) (by Han So).
Khmer Software Initiative (KhmerOS), National Information Communications Technology Development Authority (NIDA), and Open Institute joined to create a project for developing OpenSource software that can accommodate Khmer Unicode-based fonts. Khmer Unicode is a part of their project, but it has not yet widely utilized or built-in as part internet browsers or software applications. It is, however, gradually becoming popular among users/developers in Cambodia. Khmer Unicode has been developed to use in platforms such as:
- OpenOffice (Word Processing),
- OpenSUSE (Linux based Operation System),
- Khmer Email Application (Thunderbird-based email application),
- Mekhala (FireFox-based Internet Browser)
Khmer Unicode For Window XP:
For MS Window XP, Khmer Unicode Keyboard (NIDA 1.0) driver is required. KhmerUnicode2.0.0.exe (developed by KhmerOS and NIDA) has both Khmer Unicode software and Khmer Unicode Keyboard (NIDA 1.0). Please follow the below instruction to download and install it. If you install the Khmer Unicode in your computer system correctly, you should be able at least to view the web site in Khmer via Mozilla FireFox, MS IE, Opera, and Safari. After installing it and you would like to see if you can read/view the page in Khmer Unicode, open your FireFox browser, and go to all these website http://www.cambodia.org/kh/buzz/, Radio Free Asia (http://www.rfa.org/khmer/), http://www.google.com.kh/(only in FireFox), http://km.wikipedia.org. To type in khmer, you are recommended to read the Instruction, "Documents How to Write" and follow the Keyboard Layout.
If your MS Window XP has Service Pack 2 installed, you can view the pages of Radio Free Asia (http://www.rfa.org/khmer/) in Khmer via Internet Exploer 6.0 or higher. In this case, RFA utilizes WEFT to have the pages viewed in Khmer even without Khmer Unicode installed.
How to install Khmer Unicode (KhmerUnicode2.0.0.exe) on Your Window XP and Vista 32-bit (Click Khmer Unicode for Microsoft Window Vist 64-bit (x86))
- Download KhmerUnicode2.0.0.zip (version 2.0.0)
- Use a Zip softwares to Extract the KhmerUnicode2.0.0.zip
Double click on this KhmerUnicode2.0.0.exe icon
Click "Next" as indicating by the arrow
Click "Next" as indecating by the arrow
It may take minutes to wait...
At the bottom-corner of your computer screen, you should see this image that allow you to select either CA: Catalan or EN:English (United States) for Writing (Typing). For writing in Khmer, you need to select CA:Catalan.
If a computer system and/or software uses TrueType fonts, then Khek font as described below works perfectly.
- Khek font is developed by Khek Brothers, one of the earliest groups designing high quality Khmer fonts. Khek font was primarily made for use with Microsoft products running on Windows platform such as the various Windows versions from 3.x all the way to the current Vista. It also runs on Apple computers including Macintosh and the current family of iMacs. Khek font is the most popular among users in the United States and other oversea countries. Learn more
- Limon font and ABC Zero-Space font are traditional fonts developed using “Legacy Encodings”, which is not part Unicode Standards. These two fonts are free and can be downloaded on this page under download section.
Microsoft created an OpenType font and has been supporting it as standard, while Apple created ATT. In 2004 the OpenType font was adopted and supported by Adobe. Font developers creating Khmer fonts can use OpenType standard. Learn moreReferences and Khmer Fonts Resources: