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Apple OS X: Mac OS X: How to type special characters, including Symbol or Zapf Dingbat fonts

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Basic Skills

Using Unicode in Mac OS X increases compatibility, but it may change the way you are accustomed to typing special characters. Many Mac OS X applications use Unicode, a single, world-wide character set that works with most of the world’s languages. The advantages of using Unicode include easy interchange of data with users of other operating systems, and not needing to know which font to use to display text in other languages correctly.

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