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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.

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Tonya Opines on Ebook Technology in MacNotables

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In this MacNotables podcast, Tonya talks with host Chuck Joiner about gizmos available at CES, how hardware ebook readers are breeding like bunnies, and where she thinks ebooks may be going in the future. She also speculates about the mythical Apple tablet.favicon follow link


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Tonya, just listened to this podcast and Joe's recent TC new book. I hope you are going to work on the new iPad version of ebooks or is it safe to assume that the current PDF will be read easily? I think the iPad will be great with your ebooks as I can use them as reference while working on the MAC. I think the possibilities are great even though it is not cloth and fordable.
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-31 14:17
The current PDF will work fine in the iPad as is - my current favorite ebook reader on the iPhone is GoodReader. I like it because the internal links and Web URLs are hot, unlike most iPhone ebook reader apps. However, we are looking into what's required to get the ebooks for sale in the iBookstore and certainly plan to do so. Exciting times! (even if the iPad is not made of cloth... ;-) )
I just read the MacWorld article on the iPad from this morning. Infers PDF may not be available. That would be a dealbreaker for me. Hope to see the new TC books after MacWorld as you mentioned on Podcast.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-01 14:05
Since the iPhone and iPod touch handle PDF just fine, I'd be shocked if the iPad didn't, though how the iBooks app itself will deal, I have no idea. GoodReader does an awfully good job of PDF on the iPhone, and it will undoubtedly work on the iPad too, if nothing else.