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Retrieving Characters from Unicode Code Points

A quick way to see what character is associated with a given code point is via the Mac OS Calculator app. After the app is launched, if you switch the view to programmer, you can enter hex values and the app will return the available ASCII or Unicode character. If no character is available, nothing shows on its “screen.” See Figure 2.3 for a screenshot of the Calculator app.

Figure 2.3

Figure 2.3 The Mac OS Calculator app in programmer view, displaying the Cyrillic “de” character.

Here, I simply entered “414” for the Cyrillic capital character “de” (“065fig01.jpg”), mentioned in an early section. The binary representation of the code point value is displayed as well. This is extremely useful if you have the code point number, but what if you do not?

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