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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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No TidBITS Issue on 19 November 2012

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Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so we won’t be publishing an email issue on 19 November 2012 as we get ready for family and food. Many of us will again be consulting the handy worksheets from our own Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner” ebook for our dinner preparations — no one lays out what needs to be done better or more clearly than Joe. Plus, in a few days we’ll be pushing out a free minor update to the ebook, mostly to improve the EPUB version’s formatting for those following the recipes on an iPad in the kitchen.

Although the weekly email issue of TidBITS won’t appear next Monday, we’ll continue to publish to the TidBITS Web site. To keep up with everything we’re writing, you can check back at our site, use the free TidBITS News iOS app, or subscribe to our RSS feed, Twitter stream, or Facebook page. And look for the next email issue on 26 November 2012!

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Joe Kissell trades his mouse for a whisk in this unique book that brings his knack for breaking complex topics into simple steps to the often-intimidating task of preparing a full-bore Thanksgiving dinner. With Joe's help and extensively tested recipes, cooking a Thanksgiving feast can be both delicious and stress-free!

 

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