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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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Soren Thomas Kissell Joins the TidBITS Family

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It seemed like all the other TidBITS staffers were getting them, so Joe Kissell and his wife wanted one too. On May 20, more than three weeks ahead of schedule, their long-awaited new product was delivered in Paris. Featuring a multi-touch surface, high-resolution video input, a fingerprint-resistant anti-glare finish, a 3D position sensor, wireless networking, and a (somewhat unreliable) sleep mode, this hardware-software combo has been providing them hours of entertainment and education. Frustratingly, it came without any documentation, and they've been unable to locate a mute button, but the developer promised that future upgrades will include face recognition, speech synthesis, and a power source that can last more than two hours between charges. The user interface will also be localized in French and English!favicon follow link

 

Comments about Soren Thomas Kissell Joins the TidBITS Family

Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-06-07 08:21
Thanks for the giggle. Let me know if you find that mute button. :-)
Glenn Fleishman  2010-06-07 08:40
You have to watch for the multi-touch output function; there are special clothes (purchased separately) to help with that.
Cute ;)

Best wishes with your new 'bundle of joy'!
(And for WIW, I note there is no such thing as the 'terrible twos' -- I called them the 'terrific twos' -- and they were! 'course, that's still a ways off for you. ;)
Nathab  2010-06-14 01:54
It's the best upgrade ever, and you'll wonder how you ever survived without one (or two!). You're also likely to wonder what you used to do with all that time and energy.

Congrats!