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Tashi Tsering

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Tashi Tsering, originally from Dechen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, received a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1989. He became a Trace International Fellow in 2001 and studied Computer Science at the University of Virginia (UVA) where he received his Master’s degree in 2004. During his fellowship, he worked as a consultant to Microsoft Corporation where he worked on their Tibetan operating system, their Tibetan font Microsoft Himalaya and created their Tibetan keyboard for Windows Vista. He also consulted with UVA’s Tibetan Himalayan Digital Library on converting older Tibetan fonts into Unicode and Tibetan sorting algorithm. Following his fellowship, he received a grant from Trace Foundation to develop The Universal Tibetan Font Converter.

Tashi Tsering currently works as a computer expert at the China Tibetology Research Center in Beijing where he has published the Tibetan-Chinese-English Information Technology Dictionary for computer users and has developed 4 new Tibetan Unicode fonts. In his decade of work in Tibetan Information Technology Tashi Tsering has presented a number of papers at international conferences, while developing programs and systems of vital importance to Tibetan-reading computer users.

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about UTFC

The Universal Tibetan Font Converter (UTFC) was developed over five years, from 2003 to 2008, by Trace Foundation International Fellow Tashi Tsering and Trace Foundation Vice President Eric Colombel with full support from the Foundation.

This free tool allows for easy conversion between seventeen different methods of digitally inputting Tibetan language including four transliteration schemes, and the emerging Tibetan Unicode standard.

The converter supports four different file formats to allow easy conversion amongst different standards. For more information on file formats and encoding standards please see File Encoding and Format