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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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Opera 11.50

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While Safari, Firefox, and Chrome have been getting most of the attention, Opera has been quietly at work on Opera 11.50, which now includes a long list of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. The Web browser’s user interface has received a number of improvements, ranging from a new icon set to better layout. Opera Link, the company’s data-synchronization service, is now capable of storing passwords alongside other browsing data, while Opera Mail includes better support for Gmail’s IMAP service. Opera’s support for HTML 5 has received a significant boost through the introduction of numerous new features, including the Opera Presto 2.9 rendering engine. (Free, 13.7 MB)

 

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