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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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Maybe the World is Changing... -- Readers note that retail Apple Stores are getting significant traffic, even in locations where larger nearby businesses are seeing fewer customers. (17 messages)

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An FM Transmitting Monster -- Geoffrey Bronner's review of the Monster iCarPlay prompts a reader's hands-on experience with the FM transmitter. (1 message)

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Broadband Update Bigotry -- The most recent Mac OS X updates are tens of megabytes in size, making it difficult for people on dial-up Internet connections to keep their software current. (36 messages)

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10.3.9 and Safari -- The latest Mac OS X update includes Safari 1.3, which has introduced problems on some systems. (12 messages)

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Web site caching software -- A reader wants to store copies of Web sites on his computer, and receives several software suggestions. (5 messages)

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Cheap Wireless Headphone Solution -- Instead of spending big bucks for a set of Bluetooth wireless headphones, a reader proposes an FM transmitter and FM stereo headphones for much less money. (2 messages)

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iMovie 5.0.2 update -- Apple's latest iMovie update fixes some nagging bugs, but others remain. Matti Haveri provides a rundown of issues. (1 message)

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Forced to use Microsoft OS to get and submit Federal grants -- A U.S. government contractor requires Windows to work with federal grants, so what does this mean for Mac users? PC emulation software, or an escalation to members of Congress? (4 messages)

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