My First C Compiler -- Broderbund Software has announced a new addition to its award-winning children's CD-ROM titles. "My First C Compiler" provides children ages 4 to 7 with a full, working ANSI C compiler with Macintosh Toolbox support, combined with a colorful interface and animated characters that take children through stages of designing their own applications. "If we want our kids to be competitive in tomorrow's job market, we've got to get them coding today," said project manager Cass Ibrary. Among My First C Compiler's cast of characters are Robby Recursion (who helps toddlers design elegant code), Doctor Bracket (helps with syntax checking), and Guy CGI (who walks children through designing hit counters and Web-based discussion forums). "Remember, tomorrow's Webmasters are watching Power Rangers today," said Ibrary. "It's best to get them thinking in these terms as early as possible." My First C Compiler is expected to add support for Java, Perl, and C++ in the third quarter of this year. [DG]
Is it a Unicode Font?
To determine if your font is Unicode-compliant, with all its characters coded and mapped correctly, choose the Font in any program (or in Font Book, set the preview area to Custom (Preview > Custom), and type Option-Shift-2.
If you get a euro character (a sort of uppercase C with two horizontal lines through its midsection), it's 99.9 percent certain the font is Unicode-compliant. If you get a graphic character that's gray rounded-rectangle frame with a euro character inside it, the font is definitely not Unicode-compliant. (The fact that the image has a euro sign in it is only coincidental: it's the image used for any missing currency sign.)
This assumes that you're using U.S. input keyboard, which is a little ironic when the euro symbol is the test. With the British keyboard, for instance, Option-2 produces the euro symbol if it's part of the font.
- Administrivia (25 Nov 96)
Published in TidBITS 321.
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