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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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ExtraBITS for 22 August 2011

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We were just monkeying around last week, with Glenn Fleishman talking on NPR’s Science Friday and with an article about orangutans using iPads. Both are worth checking out.

Glenn Discusses Google Purchase of Motorola on Science Friday -- Glenn Fleishman appeared on the National Public Radio show Science Friday to talk with host Ira Flatow about the implications of Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and what that means for Apple and consumers.

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Orangutans Play with iPads -- After an April Fools’ Day joke about gorillas using iPads, Scott Engel, who works with orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo, decided to set up an iPad enrichment program for the zoo’s orangutans. Brian Cecente of Kotaku writes about how the orangutans are getting started with the iPad, and how other zoos are considering adding iPads to their primate enrichment programs as well.

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>