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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/19-May-03

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Challenge-Response Anti-Spam Systems -- Our policy about challenge-response anti-spam systems drew comments from all sides, people who like the concept (including the CEO of one of the main challenge-response services) and those who consider them a significant threat to the long-term utility of email once spammers start attacking them. (14 messages)

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Palm Tungsten C impressions -- Extensive additions to Geoff Bronner's review of the Palm Tungsten C - a must-read for anyone considering a Tungsten C. (4 messages)

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Mac OS X 10.2.6 changes -- Short comments about what has changed in Mac OS X 10.2.6 for better and worse. (5 messages)

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Should I upgrade questions -- Suggestions for the best way to determine if you should upgrade the Mac OS (or perhaps any application) or stick with an older version that's working fine. (4 messages)

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Frequency of shareware updates -- Does it bug you when shareware programs are updated frequently, seemingly once a week? You're not alone, but there are ways that developers can minimize the irritation. (6 messages)

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Controlling iTunes -- After last week's article mentioning a simple way to control iTunes, TidBITS readers suggested a number of other, better ways of controlling iTunes, including a couple of excellent utilities. (8 messages)

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How iTunes Music Store deals with naughty words -- It turns out that the iTunes Music Store tries to obscure naughty words in song titles, which prompted a good bit of discussion on TidBITS Talk about how it's done and how it could be improved. (10 messages)

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Selection in the iTunes Music Store -- Discussion of how good a job Apple has done with the breadth of selection in the iTunes Music Store, particularly with respect to classical music, cartoon music themes, and computer game soundtracks. (8 messages)

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