Thank you for the post.
FileMaker does not include font information when exporting to a text file, so the special font will be lost.
For more information and a couple suggested workarounds see Knowledge Base article 5097, Exporting Special Font Characters.
EDIT: It seems like my problem has to do with a charset mismatch. Thanks!
Thank you for the reply.
By reading in special characters do you mean importing?
FileMaker serves as a translator or decoder for the numbers behind the letters. To FileMaker the font characters are nothing more than numbers. Different programs and even different operating systems use the same numbers for multiple characters. Macintosh, ASCII, and Windows all use different character sets.
You can use the Code function to decode the number behind the letter. For example, I did a simple test with the following letters:
I created 3 records in a text field with those 3 characters. I exported to .csv, and then imported back into the database file, adding new records. I also, created a calculation field using Code ( special char field ) to check the numbered results. The exported characters were identical to the imported characters. See the screenshot below.