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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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After Dark Contest

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The deadline for this year's Berkeley Systems After Dark module contest is 14-Oct-94, and the prizes look pretty good. The contest has four categories and only one requires you to know anything about programming.

In the Programming category you must program either a Macintosh module or a Windows module. For the Artist category you must create the computer graphics for a module and describe how it would work visually. To enter the Kids category, you must be 12 years old or younger and submit drawings and a written description of the module. Finally, the Classroom category works much like the Kids category, but it's for a collaboration among children in a classroom (grades K-6).

For the Programmer and Artist categories, one grand prize winner receives the hefty sum of $10,000, and runner-ups receive assorted computer equipment and software. The first place winner in the Kids category gets a Performa for personal use; the first place winners in the Classroom category win four Performas for their school. To get an entry form, look in the Berkeley Systems forum on America Online or CompuServe, call Berkeley Systems at 510/540-5535 (ask for extension 600 to reach the contest hotline), or look on the Internet using a Web browser at either:

http://proper.com:70/1/mac/sponsors/ BerkeleySystems
ftp://ftp.att.com/pub/afterdark/index.html

This particular FTP site also has a large collection of After Dark modules if you want more.

Also, aspiring After Dark module programmers can hook into the module developer community by subscribing to a mailing list for module programmers. Send email asking to be added to <afterdark-request@clipper.cb.att.com>.

Information from:
Berkeley Systems propaganda
Lloyd Wood (Screensaver FAQ author) <l.h.wood@student.lut.ac.uk>

ftp://mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/info-mac/gui/ad /screensaver-faq-21.txt

 

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