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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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We would like to apologize to all of you who received multiple TidBITS files via the SFU mailing list. We can point the finger of blame, but not at an identified individual. Apparently, the mailer problems at SFU were the result of a malicious program started by some unknown person(s) at SFU. The administrators there are working on the problems and have managed, we think, to halt the flow of TidBITS-107. Unfortunately, these problems also showed them that they don't have the staff to handle such a large mailing list.

Never fear though, we have everyone's electronic address and have moved everyone to the LISTSERV at Rice University (many thanks to Mark Williamson at Rice, who manually added all the SFU subscribers!). If you were moved over, the LISTSERV doesn't know your name and will call you "sfu.ca transfer." If you fall in this category, I strongly recommend that you update your name with the LISTSERV by sending email to LISTSERV@RICEVM1.RICE.EDU with the single line in the body of the mailfile:

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We would like to thank both Alvin Khoo for his hard work on the SFU mailing list and the administrators there for being such gracious hosts.

 

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