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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/20-Feb-06

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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.

Paperless Office Quote -- A search for the origin of a quote on the "paperless office" sparks discussion about whether we'll ever stop working with so many dead trees. (23 messages)

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iWeb and filename length -- iWeb can create filenames longer than 64 characters, causing problems with some Web servers. (2 messages)

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Non-iPod MP3 Players on a Mac -- What are the options for using a portable music player that's not an iPod? (4 messages)

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Dial-Up Router -- What wireless options are available when your only Internet connection is via dial-up modem? We look at a few routers that incorporate modems. (2 messages)

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Power Outlets in Airports -- Adam's article bemoaning the lack of power outlets in airports prompts suggestions for working around the problem. (4 messages)

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Power in the wild -- Uninterruptible power supplies can help provide power when working in the field (for charging camera batteries, for example), but some models are more configurable than others. (4 messages)

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OmniGraffle vs. other diagramming programs -- Matt Neuburg's recent look at OmniGraffle makes some readers wonder how it compares to similar tools. (9 messages)

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iWeb '06 install issue -- A problem that we ran into while installing the iWeb 1.0.1 update appears to be related to how Apple's installer is determining which applications are running. (4 messages)

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OmniGraffle vs Mail.app -- Apple's Mail application sometimes mistakenly opts to save attachments within Finder bundles. (4 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>