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Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects.

The animal on the cover of Programming Jabber is a bare-throated bellbird (Procnias nudicollis). This particular type of bellbird can be found from Central America to Argentina, though other types can be found in New Zealand and Australia. Bellbirds are named for their distinctive bell-like call. The call of the bare-throated bellbird in particular resembles a loud, scratchy gong.

The bare-throated bellbird is the national bird of Paraguay. It finds its home in the moist, tropical climates of the rain forest. Due to deforestation, the already-rare bird is at risk of extinction.

Catherine Morris was the production editor and proofreader and Norma Emory was the copyeditor for Programming Jabber. Tatiana Apandi Diaz, Claire Cloutier, and Sue Willing provided quality control. Interior composition was done by Derek Di Matteo and Catherine Morris. Nancy Crumpton wrote the index.

Ellie Volckhausen designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.

David Futato designed the interior layout based on a series design by Nancy Priest. The print version of this book was created by translating the DocBook XML markup of its source files into a set of gtroff macros using a filter developed at O'Reilly & Associates by Norman Walsh. Steve Talbott designed and wrote the underlying macro set on the basis of the GNU troff -gs macros; Lenny Muellner adapted them to XML and implemented the book design. The GNU groff text formatter version 1.11.1 was used to generate PostScript output. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book; the code font is Constant Willison. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. This colophon was written by Linley Dolby.

The online edition of this book was created by the Safari production group (John Chodacki, Becki Maisch, and Madeleine Newell) using a set of Frame-to-XML conversion and cleanup tools written and maintained by Erik Ray, Benn Salter, John Chodacki, and Jeff Liggett.

The original Wiki version of this book was created by Ryan Grimm and Mike Hendrickson. The evloution of the content will be created by you.

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