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.
Other articles in the series Macworld SF 2003
- AirPort Extreme: In the Key of G (20 Jan 03)
- Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003 Superlatives, Part 1 (20 Jan 03)
- Apple Reduces Its Microsoft Dependency (13 Jan 03)
- New PowerBooks: Mini Me and the Lunch Tray (13 Jan 03)
- New Apple Software Spices up iLife (13 Jan 03)
New PowerBooks may have sparked interest at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003, but more attention has gone to Apple's new Web browser since, so Adam dons his pith helmet to explore Safari. We also finish off our Macworld Superlatives list, noting the most interesting products at the show, including a bit of sartorial splendor for the wireless networking set. In the news, we note a new 31-Jan-03 release date for iLife and a welcome upgrade to PowerMail 4.1.1.
iLife Delayed Until 31-Jan-03 -- Sometimes, the baby just isn't ready. At Macworld Expo, Apple announced a 25-Jan-03 delivery date for its $50 digital hub suite iLife, which comprises iTunes 3, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3, and iDVD 3Show full article
PowerMail 4.1.1 Integrates Apple Technologies -- CTM Development recently released PowerMail 4.1.1 (a small bug fix release for version 4.1, released several weeks before)Show full article
It's always telling when we lack enough space to publish our traditional Macworld Expo superlatives in a single article. Although Apple made most of the major show news, the TidBITS staff had no trouble finding other products on the show floor that were worthy of mention. Best Use for a Finger -- Being forced to log in to Mac OS X all the time is annoying, even when it serves a valuable security purposeShow full article
As I noted in "Apple Reduces Its Microsoft Dependency" in TidBITS-662, Apple's Macworld Expo beta release of the Safari Web browser is indication that Apple is hunting big game, namely MicrosoftShow full article