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Another one of Susan Kare's contributions to the Macintosh, Cairo was the first ever dingbat font to be released for the platform. It was only released as an 18-point bitmap and was removed in System 7.5.[1]. Cairo is best known for introducing theβ€”now legendaryβ€”dogcow. Clark Riley recreated a Postscript Type 1 version of this typeface in 1992, which was converted to TrueType in 1994.[2] Haley Fiege independently created a TrueType version that is faithful to the pixelated nature of the original bitmap font.[3]


Name Creator Format Sample
Cairo Clark Riley TrueType ABCD EFGH IJKLMN OPQRST UVWXYZ abcd efgh ijklmn opqrst uvwxyz
Cairo TT Haley Fiege TrueType ABCD EFGH IJKLMN OPQRST UVWXYZ abcd efgh ijklmn opqrst uvwxyz


As of Unicode 6.0, many (but not all) of the symbols contained in Cairo can tentatively be mapped to encoded characters. By Unicode 10.0, more are available, but still not all.

Character Cairo (if installed) Symbol UCS Glyph (default typeface) UCS Codepoint UCS Name Notes
 !  ! ice cream cone 🍦 1F366 SOFT ICE CREAM
" " fish 🐟 1F41F FISH
# # leaf πŸ‚ 1F342 FALLEN LEAF
$ $ pear 🍐 1F350 PEAR
 %  % house 🏠 1F3E0 HOUSE BUILDING
& & treble clef π„ž 1D11E MUSICAL SYMBOL G CLEF
' ' die 🎲 1F3B2 GAME DIE
( ( sparkle? ❇ 2747 SPARKLE
) ) rose 🌹 1F339 ROSE
* * cactus 🌡 1F335 CACTUS
+ + up arrow ↑ ⬆ 2191 and 2B06 UPWARDS ARROW and UPWARDS BLACK ARROW
, , end of musical staff 𝄂 1D102 MUSICAL SYMBOL FINAL BARLINE
- - right arrow β†’ ➑ 2192 and 27A1 RIGHTWARDS ARROW and BLACK RIGHTWARDS ARROW
. . musical staff π„š 1D11A MUSICAL SYMBOL FIVE-LINE STAFF
/ / push pin πŸ“Œ 1F4CC PUSHPIN
0 0 low corner thingy
1 1 palm tree 🌴 1F334 PALM TREE
2 2 eye πŸ‘ 1F441 EYE
3 3 chair πŸ’Ί 1F4BA SEAT
4 4 bottle 🍢 1F376 SAKE BOTTLE AND CUP
5 5 piece of pie or cake 🍰 1F370 SHORTCAKE
6 6 stemmed glass 🍷 1F377 WINE GLASS
7 7 moon facing right 🌜 1F31C LAST QUARTER MOON WITH FACE
8 8 star β˜† 2606 WHITE STAR
9 9 knot fragment / decorative horiz. border
 :  : pineapple 🍍 1F34D PINEAPPLE
 ;  ; picket fence
< < watch ⌚ 231A WATCH
= = left arrow ← β¬… 2190 and 2B05 LEFTWARDS ARROW and LEFTWARDS BLACK ARROW
> > ribbon in a bow πŸŽ€ 1F380 RIBBON
 ?  ? light bulb πŸ’‘ 1F4A1 ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB
@ @ sun ☼ 263C WHITE SUN WITH RAYS
A A quarter note β™© 2669 QUARTER NOTE
B B strawberry πŸ“ 1F353 STRAWBERRY
C C grapes πŸ‡ 1F347 GRAPES
D D television πŸ“Ί 1F4FA TELEVISION
E E tall building 🏒 1F3E2 OFFICE BUILDING indeterminate symbol, arbitrary UCS mapping
F F flat rail car
G G box rail car
H H passenger rail car πŸšƒ 1F683 RAILWAY CAR
I I 3 wavy lines / decorative horiz. border
J J train engine πŸš‚ 1F682 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
K K crab πŸ¦€ 1F980 CRAB
L L pine tree 🌲 1F332 EVERGREEN TREE
M M right footprint πŸ‘£ 1F463 FOOTPRINTS unlikely
N N left footprint πŸ‘£ 1F463 FOOTPRINTS unlikely
O O Egyptian eye symbol π“‚€ 13080 EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH D010 wrong script property
P P knife πŸ—‘ 1F5E1 DAGGER KNIFE
Q Q tall building 🏨 1F3E8 HOTEL indeterminate symbol, arbitrary UCS mapping
R R tall building 🏦 1F3E6 BANK indeterminate symbol, arbitrary UCS mapping
S S envelope βœ‰ 2709 ENVELOPE
T T tall building πŸ₯ 1F3E5 HOSPITAL indeterminate symbol, arbitrary UCS mapping
U U Egyptian bird symbol π“„Ώ 1313F EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH G001 wrong script property
V V ankh β˜₯ 2625 ANKH
W W multi-story building 🏬 1F3EC DEPARTMENT STORE indeterminate symbol, arbitrary UCS mapping
X X flower 🌼 1F33C BLOSSOM
Y Y flower 🌷 1F337 TULIP
Z Z flower ⚘ 2698 FLOWER
[ [ down arrow ↓ ⬇ 2193 and 2B07 DOWNWARDS ARROW and DOWNWARDS BLACK ARROW
\ \ cup and saucer β˜• 2615 HOT BEVERAGE
] ] dinosaur πŸ¦• 1F995 SAUROPOD
^ ^ tree 🌳 1F333 DECIDUOUS TREE
_ _ suitcase πŸ’Ό 1F4BC BRIEFCASE
` ` fried egg(?) πŸ₯š 1F95A EGG
a a pencil ✎ 270E LOWER RIGHT PENCIL
b b eyeglasses πŸ‘“ 1F453 EYEGLASSES
c c frog
d d ant 🐜 1F41C ANT
e e turtle 🐒 1F422 TURTLE
f f key πŸ”‘πŸ— 1F511 and 1F5DD KEY and OLD KEY
g g ringed planet / Saturn
h h white right arrow βžͺ 27AA LEFT-SHADED WHITE RIGHTWARDS ARROW
i i paintbrush πŸ–Œ 1F58C LOWER LEFT PAINTBRUSH
j j spray can
k k pistol πŸ”« 1F52B PISTOL
l l freight truck πŸššπŸš› 1F69A and 1F69B DELIVERY TRUCK and ARTICULATED LORRY
m m baby face πŸ‘Ά 1F476 BABY
n n man profile πŸ‘¨ 1F468 MAN
o o woman profile πŸ‘© 1F469 WOMAN
p p right index ☞ 261E WHITE RIGHT POINTING INDEX
q q
r r electrical ground(?) ⏚ 23DA EARTH GROUND
s s zigzag / decorative horiz. border γ€° 3030 WAVY DASH
t t anchor βš“ 2693 ANCHOR
u u firecracker πŸŽ† 1F386 FIREWORKS
v v mitten 🧀 1F9E4 GLOVES
w w shamrock ☘ 2618 SHAMROCK
x x heavy plus sign ✚ βž• 271A and 2795 HEAVY GREEK CROSS and HEAVY PLUS SIGN
y y adhesive bandage
z z dogcow πŸ• 1F415 DOG
{ { bell πŸ”” 1F514 BELL
| match
} } machine gun
~ ~ bird (duck?) 🐦 1F426 BIRD
&#x007f; lemon πŸ‹ 1F34B LEMON
Γ„ Γ„ baseball ⚾ 26BE BASEBALL
Γ… Γ… car πŸš— 1F697 AUTOMOBILE
… … vertical line ❘ 2758 LIGHT VERTICAL BAR not sure if this is in the font[4]


  1. ↑ Mac OS 7.x, 8.x 9.x: Fonts Included With Major System Releases
  2. ↑ Cairo
  3. ↑ We Heart Cairo
  4. ↑ From Clark Riley's README: β€œI also added a character so that you can close the picket fence.” That's probably what this is.
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