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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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AOL for Mac OS X

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AOL for Mac OS X -- America Online has released America Online for Mac OS X, a native version of the client software used to access AOL's proprietary online services. AOL for Mac OS X features a new interface built on Aqua, and integrates support for QuickTime 6, Apple's forthcoming iChat instant messaging software, and new Web browsing software using Netscape's Gecko HTML engine. AOL for Mac OS X also enables users to access their Favorite Places, email, Buddy Lists, and Address Books from any computer. The software requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher and either a modem or Internet access; it's free to current AOL members. [GD]

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