Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

Visit Take Control of Fonts in Leopard

Submitted by
Sharon Zardetto

 

 

Related Articles

 

 

Take Control News/22-Jan-07

Send Article to a Friend


50%-off Coupon with TidBITS Archive CD -- For those who missed the announcement of our TidBITS Archive CD (see "Introducing the TidBITS Archive CD," 2007-01-08, for full details), note that along with more than 6,500 articles spanning all 860 issues of TidBITS from 1990 through 2006, the CD includes a special 50%-off coupon on your next Take Control order. Through the end of January, the TidBITS Archive CD costs only $29.95, and with the coupon, you could add to your Take Control library and end up with a net result of essentially getting the TidBITS Archive CD for free.


Review a Book, Get a Free Ebook -- We were happy to hear from our friends at Peachpit Press that Joe Kissell's "Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups," which contains "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac" and "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups," went into a second printing recently. The book was selling extremely well on Amazon.com for a while after it first came out, with very high sales rankings. But then Amazon ran out of stock, and with a 1 to 3 week wait, people stopped ordering, and the book lost its momentum. Curses! So, we're trying an experiment to see if we can get Joe's book back on track, along with Sharon Zardetto Aker's "Real World Mac OS X Fonts," which contains "Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X" and "Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X." Here's the deal. If you have purchased one of these print books, or one of the ebooks included in these print books, and you write a review on Amazon of either print book, let me know via email and I'll send you a free ebook of your choice.

 

Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS!
Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of
savvy, committed Apple users who actually buy stuff.
More information: <http://tidbits.com/advertising.html>