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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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A Trio of Radio Interviews

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A Trio of Radio Interviews -- In conjunction with the 15th anniversary of TidBITS and the release of our Take Control ebooks about Tiger, I've been doing the radio show rounds. On 27-Apr-05 I took a break from tracking down a maddening bug to talk about the history of TidBITS and the Macintosh with Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl Live. Then, on 30-Apr-05, I spent a snappy 10 minutes chatting to Scott Sheppard of Inside Mac Radio. And then late on 01-May-05, I had one of my always-enjoyable discussions with Chuck Joiner on the User Group Report. [ACE]

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<http://www.osxfaq.com/radio/04-2005/04-30.html>
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