Poll Preview: (Apple) Pie in the Sky -- Matt Neuburg examines IBM's ViaVoice speech recognition software for the Macintosh below, and his review started us thinking about other futuristic aspects of system design. Attempts of varying success have been made at handwriting recognition, eliminating pesky wires between computer components, and miniaturization, and we've even seen hints of technologies like virtual reality interfaces, biometric security (like Mac OS 9's voice password), heads-up displays embedded in glasses, and even brainwave recognition (from IBVA Technologies). But the success of these proof-of-concept technologies has often been hampered not by the implementation, but by user acceptance. For this week's poll, then, help us identify the directions to explore by telling us which technologies you most want to see on current or future Macs. Register your vote on our home page, and if we've missed an important future trend in system design, tell us on TidBITS Talk at <email@example.com>. [ACE]
Access OpenType Font Features
OpenType fonts (.otf) often have special features, such as swashes and alternate characters, that are accessible in any app that uses the OS X font panel, including Pages and TextEdit. To access them, type and select your text, press Command-T to open the font panel, and then choose Typography from the Actions pop-up menu. That shows the Typography panel, where you can toggle available options for the font and characters you've selected.