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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/13-Jun-05

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Annoyance with support for Apple software -- One person's bad experience with Apple tech support opens up a discussion on what one should expect when calling for support, in addition to first-hand reports of being on the other side of such calls. (9 messages)

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Changing the FTP Server on Tiger -- Suggestions for switching FTP servers at the Unix level. (3 messages)

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Pay to Play with QuickTime 7.0 Pro -- Adam's recent article about the QuickTime Pro upgrade fee elicits comments about whether the upgrade is worth the cost, as well as suggestions of utilities that provide similar functionality. (3 messages)

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Emotional responses to the Intel transition -- Apple's impending switch to using Intel processors in the Macintosh line prompt lots of opinions. (48 messages)

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Keeping Macs running Mac OS X -- Apple has said that Mac OS X will run only on Intel-based Macs that Apple sells, and not on any generic PC. The question is, how will they ensure this? (32 messages)

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Intel transition: winners & losers -- Who stands to gain from the move to Intel-based Macs, and who will suffer? The gamut ranges from game developers to small Mac resellers. (7 messages)

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Wither Darwin x86 -- Darwin, the open-source Unix core of Mac OS X, can already run on Intel's x86 processors. How does Apple's shift to Intel affect Darwin when Mac OS X will be able to run only on Apple hardware? (7 messages)

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Apple's choice of chips -- We know that Apple is moving to Intel processors, but which ones? Speculation flourishes in the absence of any specifics from Apple. (11 messages)

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Intel chips and DRM -- Some of Intel's new offerings may include processor-level digital rights management (DRM). Could this be an important factor in Apple's decision to move to Intel? (1 message)

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Film scanners and software for a large scanning project -- Moving away from the Apple-Intel news, a reader asks for guidance on hardware and software for digitizing a large collection of negatives. (6 messages)

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