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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/17-Oct-05

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The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster.

iDisk Performance -- Slow performance when accessing files on an iDisk prompts discussion of alternatives. (3 messages)

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10.4 vs 10.3.9 -- An owner of a new Mac mini is unhappy with Tiger; can he downgrade to Panther? As part of the discussion, readers offer solutions for improving performance, disabling Dashboard and Spotlight, and more. (14 messages)

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Activation in Adobe CS2 -- Adobe Creative Suite 2 can be installed on two machines per license (such as on a desktop and a laptop), but what happens if one machine dies? (3 messages)

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How to clean keyboards? Damp cloth? Compressed air? Dishwasher?!? Explore the many methods of cleaning keyboards. (7 messages)

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Review: The iBook/AirPort/OS X experience -- A reader new to the Mac posts his experiences and some further questions about buying an iBook and AirPort Base Station. (8 messages)

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TidBITS 800: Trends to Watch -- Readers respond to Adam's article on the state of the Mac world. (2 messages)

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The iMac Cyclops -- The integrated iSight camera in the new iMac G5 gained a lot of attention, but TidBITS Talk readers also noticed that the machine lacks a built-in modem (an external modem is all that's available). (10 messages)

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