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.
Fat binary versions of programs get more votes from readers in this issue, and we pass on the announcement of the latest After Dark Module Programming Contest in which you don't even have to be a programmer to compete. Those without expandable Macs may be interested in PowerR's video solutions, and we look at Farallon's Timbuktu Pro, which enables you to control a Macintosh remotely over an AppleTalk network, via ARA, or over the Internet.
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