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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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Looking for a mouse pad that matches your aluminum Mac and keyboard? The new MacPadd is a solid piece of anodized aluminum, and well, that's about it, other than it being patent pending and having a gratuitous D in its name. There's just something amusing about a mouse pad made entirely out of metal, and we're dying to know what the company felt was worthy of patenting. It's just a piece of metal, for goodness sake.

However, and with apologies to "This is Spinal Tap," I do think MacPadd is onto something here, since in the topsy-turvy world of Mac computing, having a good solid piece of metal under your mouse is often useful. Perhaps MacPadd will branch out to other metals, like cast iron, copper, or stainless steel. In the meantime, for a mere $24.99, you can replace your neoprene mouse pad with a MacPadd that will last a lifetime and will thus amuse your grandchildren to no end. "Tell us again about when you could control a computer with a mouse, Grandpa!"

 

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