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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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ClarisWorks requires at least System 6.0.5 and 1 MB of RAM. Under System 7, like everything else, it requires 2 MB of RAM.

The manuals include installation instructions appropriate for floppy-based Macs and hard drive systems. The application itself occupies 562K on disk. The application memory partition defaults to 900K, but it can be set as low as 768K. ClarisWorks can work easily on a Mac with two 800K floppies, and it's possible with some finagling to place the application on a single 800K floppy disk along with a bootable System 6 or a bootable high-density System 7 disk. One must do without the spelling, file translator, and thesaurus functions under these configurations, but these can be kept on separate floppy disks. I would still recommend a Plus-level machine with at least 2.5 MB of RAM and a hard drive as the preferred entry point for using ClarisWorks, but if you're stuck with something less, it's a usable and attractive option. The communications documents require a hard drive, however, since they require installation of the Mac Communications toolbox under System 6.

 

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