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Editor, Dr T. Matthew Ciolek.

Canberra, 21 January 2011.

16 September 2010

Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC), Bhutan

The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: Sep 2010, Vol. 17, No. 11 (316)
16 Sep 2010

Dzongkha Development Commission, Thimphu, Bhutan

"The Dzongkha Development Commission is the leading institute in the country for the advancement of Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. It is an independent organisation established by the Fourth King of Bhutan, His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, in 1986.
To preserve and promote the use of Dzongkha, the office carries out planning for the implementation of Dzongkha through the education system and public service of the country as well as codification and elaboration of the language. Codification essentially takes the form of writing grammars, dictionaries, and orthographical rules, etc. in order to standardize the language. Elaboration or functional development includes terminological modernisation and the coining of new words as required.
The office is also continually dedicated to developing standards based support and increased functionality for Dzongkha on all popular computing platforms. The most widely used computing system for Dzongkha is the Unicode based system developed and delivered by this office, which works well on all recent versions of the MS Windows, Linux, & Apple OSX operating systems; on the Internet and in applications such as OpenOffice, Microsoft Office and Adobe's InDesign. In future we hope to develop support for Dzongkha on mobile computing and communications devices."

Site contents:
* Introduction (Background, Missions & Objectives, Plans & Policies, Strategies, DDC Staff);
* Commission;
* Reference Material (Dzongkha Dictionaries, Dzongkha Grammar, Other Reference Material);
* Research (Research & Archive Section, Lexicography Section, Promotion & Dissemination Section);
* Literary (Literary Section, Translation & Editorial Section, Design & Publication Section);
* IT (# Instructions for Installation of Dzongkha Unicode [MS Windows 7 and Windows Vista, MS Windows XP, Apple Macintosh OSX, Linux], # Instructions for Configuring Applications [Open Office, Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2007, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer]; # Download Dzongkha Unicode Files [Dzongkha Fonts, Dzongkha Locale (for Windows 7 & Vista), Dzongkha Keyboard for Windows (all versions), Dzongkha Keyboard Layout Diagram - pdf format, Update Uniscribe (for Windows XP only), Dzongkha Templates for OpenOffice, Dzongkha Templates for Word]);
* Publications (Recent Publications [incl. Dawai Ozer. 2009. A Dzongkha Spelling Guide for Beginners, ISBN 978-99936663127], List of Publications 1998-2010);
* News (News, Announcements);
* Online Dzongkha Dictionary [http://www.dzongkha.gov.bt/online/dictionary.php];
* Online Dzongkha-English Dictionary [http://www.dzongkha.gov.bt/online/dictionaries/dz-en-dict/index.html#English];
* Links [incl. The National Library & Archives of Bhutan];
* Contact.

[A bi-lingual (BT,EN) site - ed.]

URL http://www.dzongkha.gov.bt/index.en.html

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.dzongkha.gov.bt

Link reported by: Christopher Fynn (chris.fynn--at--gmail.com)

* Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
Corporate info. / Study / News / Online Guide
* Publisher [academic - business - government - library/museum - NGO - other]:
* Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - marginal]:
* External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000
- under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 100

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