I am using version 2.73 under Windows7.
This refers to page http://www.blender.org/manual/modeling/texts/introduction.html
One can read at the top in the box labelled "Reference",
"Panel: Curve and Surface, Font and Char (Editing context, F9)"
I am in Edit mode (which I gather is not the same thing as "Editing context") and F9 does absolutely nothing for me.
Nowhere in the properties window can I see anything like "Curve and Surface"??
I can find a panel called "Font" but neither "Char" nor "Font and Char"