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    Symbol characters & fonts (Word 2000)

    My understanding was that selecting the Symbol font within the Insert Symbol function produces a character that is compatible across standard fonts such as Arial and Times New Roman on Windows systems and Helvetica and Times on Mac systems, and that this is not the same thing as applying the Symbol font to the character. I note that Word labels characters inserted in this way as belonging to the base font rather than Symbol font, which seems to confirm this, although the same glyph seems to be used as when the Symbol font is actually applied to such characters. Is this correct?

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    Re: Symbol characters & fonts (Word 2000)

    It is correct that using Insert | Symbol with the Symbol font has a different effect than applying the Symbol font directly. But I don't know how this works out on a Macintosh.

    Do you have access to a Mac, or do you know someone who has? If so, testing your assumption should be simple.

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    Re: Symbol characters & fonts (Word 2000)

    The "Symbol" font used both on the Mac and on Windows is from Adobe, and there shouldn't be any compatibility problem using it on both platforms (though theory is one thing, and practice might be another).

    When you insert a character from any symbol font using the dialog, Word protects it against changes. As you noticed, it shows whatever font is applied to the surrounding text.
    The symbol is really from the symbol font you chose in the dialog though.

    The protection just prevents the symbol from changing when you apply another font to the surrounding text (say by changing the style definition). Else, all symbols would be messed up (read: change to boxes) say when you change the text style from "Arial" to "Times New Roman".

    I've posted two macros here that protect symbols, or unprotect them. The post is in German, but the explanatory text in the macros is English.

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