Free Book for TidBITS Readers -- All right, so this is a bit odd. A couple of TidBITS readers, Audri and Jim Lanford, run a Web site called WZ.com, where they publish information aimed at busy people in a variety of different formats, including PDF-based electronic books, or ebooks. To create a promotion aimed at introducing people to their ebooks, Audri asked a bunch of experts (a category Audri evidently thinks I'm in) to contribute a short piece of advice on how to improve one's business. Being an agreeable sort, I sent her the main piece of advice I offer based on how I've run TidBITS. Audri and Jim have now compiled all the experts' advice into a 104-page ebook - 43 Specific Ways to Make 2002 Your Best, Most Profitable Year Ever - and are offering it for free to TidBITS readers via the URL below. The promotional text is a bit breathless, which sets off my warning bells, but they avoid dubious stuff: Audri told me downloading the ebook sets only a session cookie, and you're told ahead of time that you'll receive a companion newsletter, from which you can unsubscribe easily. The real question is, apart from my insightful words of wisdom, is the content of the book is any good? After reading the entire ebook, I'm happy to say that most of the advice, though concise, makes important points that could be useful to anyone. Don't be fooled by the brevity of each piece - many require more thought than can happen while you read. (Full disclosure: if you were to buy other ebooks from WZ.com after downloading this free one, TidBITS would receive some small affiliate fee.) [ACE]
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.