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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 Pricing Shenanigans

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AOL Pricing Shenanigans -- AOL has managed to get itself in hot water with its new pricing plan, which takes effect 01-Dec-96. The new plan offers unlimited AOL service (including Internet access) for $19.95 per month - not a bad deal for some users. But what AOL only mentioned in the fine print, tucked away in a special forum, is that AOL intends to convert all existing accounts over to this new plan unless a subscriber specifically selects a different option. In other words, unless you tell AOL you don't want the new pricing plan, you'll automatically be billed for it. For typical AOL users, this means a fee increase of $10 per month.

A group of state attorney generals have been examining AOL's actions, and last week Washington State Attorney General Christine Gregoire announced a letter of agreement with AOL under which AOL will have to inform customers actively of the pricing change before they can access AOL services. Customers will have until 31-Mar-97 to make a positive assent to the new pricing plan, and subscribers who don't access AOL before the 01-Dec-96 deadline will be credited the difference between the new pricing plan and their previous subscription option. Still, the bottom line is that AOL is changing its rates effective 01-Dec-96, and if you have an AOL account, your rates will probably go up unless you intervene. [GD]

 

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