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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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Thanks to Neil Shapiro and MAUG, we now have our own message section and file library on CompuServe. The new section is #5 in the just-opened Macintosh D Vendors Forum (GO MACDVEN), and in a week or so you should be able to use GO TIDBITS. I've uploaded all the back issues there in chunks of ten, and new issues will appear in that file library as well as in the current places in MACCLUB #8, ZiffNet/Mac, and the Desktop Publishing Forum.

Navigator users will have to add a new tile to visit MACDVEN in an automated session, but that's easy to do. Open your database with Show Database under the Session menu, then go into the following nested areas: Macintosh Support -> Macintosh Support Forums -> Macintosh Vendor Forums. From your Arrange menu choose Add New Tile, make sure the Forum radio button is selected, in the Tile name box type "Mac D Vendor Forum," in the Comment box type "TidBITS & Company Product Support," and (this is the important one) type "MACDVEN" into the GO code box. Double-click on the new tile to open and activate it, and then close all the windows you just opened.

As I said, we have a TidBITS message section as well as a library section in MACDVEN. I encourage those of you on CompuServe to stop by to discuss TidBITS articles (that would have been fun with the massive discussion prompted by the pornography articles), suggest ideas for future articles, or just schmooze. I'll try to post some rough drafts and article ideas up there so you can preview what might be in the next issue (and so I can do reality checks on if I'm saying something dumb).

Once again, thanks to the kind folks on CompuServe for setting this up for us!

Information from:
Neil Shapiro, Chief Sysop -- 76703.401@compuserve.com

 

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