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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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MailBITS/09-Dec-91

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Mark H. Anbinder informs us, "AppleShare 3.0 has finally shipped! It replaces both the AppleShare 2.0 file sharing and print sharing software packages with a single $1199 package. Briefly, the new software is fully compatible with (and requires) System 7, and it allows the server software to be run at the same time as other applications under the process manager. For best results it's appropriate to use the AppleShare server software on a dedicated server machine, but it is possible to use it on a personal workstation if high performance isn't essential."

Mark also passes on this information from Brian Calhoun-Bryant of BAKA Technical Support and SuperMac about compatibility issues between SuperMac products and the Quadras.

Hard Disks: The current version of the Manager (4.2/4.2E) is currently listed as not supporting the Quadras. SuperMac officially claims multiple incompatibilities. The fix is a new version of the Manager that will be out in the first quarter of 1992. This will almost certainly be the last version of the Manager. (I have run an XP200 on a Quadra [NOT as a boot device!] and it appears to run mostly fine.)

Video Products: List as per SuperMac follows:

  • Thunder/8 & 24 cards: Compatible.

  • Spectrum/24 PDQ: Compatible.

  • Spectrum/24 Series III: Not compatible - new ROM in December.

  • Spectrum/8*24 PDQ: Compatible, except for RasterOps mode.

  • Spectrum/8 Series III: Compatible.

  • ColorCard/24: Not fully tested, appears to be compatible.

  • Monochrome Card: Not fully tested, appears to be compatible.

Direct-connect SuperMac Video to Quadras: I believe that only the 21" display and the 19" display with the 21" cable will work (in 8-bit mode) with Apple's built-in video on the Quadras.

Paul Durrant writes, "I recently came across a bug in the British System 7. I know it won't be of much personal interest to US readers, but you might like to include it. The KCHR resource controls how key codes are interpreted as character codes. In System 7, the KCHR was revamped to allow access to all the accent characters directly from the keyboard. In the British localisation of KCHR a mistake was made, and they seem to have used the old System 6 version. This has been acknowledged by UK.DTS as a bug. (OK, so it's not a huge bug, it still messes up a Quark Xtension I've got in the works) Good luck with the new text format." [Thanks Paul, I try not to be too US-centric, but it's hard when I live here.]

Information from:
Mark H. Anbinder -- mha@baka.ithaca.ny.us
Paul Durrant -- DURRANT.P@applelink.apple.com

 

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