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Real World Mac OS X Fonts by Sharon Zardetto Aker

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13. Prevent and Analyze Problems

Font problems are a fact of computer life. They shouldn’t be, but they are.

Often the problems are very minor: Why can’t I type a √ with Option-V in this font? Sometimes they’re a little more pervasive: Why isn’t that font showing in the Font menu? Why can’t I empty the Trash when this font is in it? And other times they’re dire: Why does Font Book crash every time I open it? Why is every menu and dialog filled with garbled text?

Solving a font-related problem is a simple two-step process: figure out what’s causing the problem, and then fix it. Okay, maybe it’s not that simple: symptoms can have many causes, and causes have many possible fixes. But with this and the next chapter, you can both narrow down symptoms ...

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