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The animal featured on the cover of HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fourth Edition is a koala. The koala is an Australian marsupial, the only member of the Phascolarctidae family.

Koalas are tiny, approximately one-half of a gram, when they are born. Young koalas stay in their mother's pouch for approximately seven months. Unlike most marsupials, the koala's pouch opens near the rear, not near the head. Koalas have a high mortality rate and face extinction in Australia due to epidemics in 1887-1889 and 1900-1903 and unrestrained hunting throughout the 20th century. They are a protected species and populations are rebuilding, but at present they survive only in eastern Australia.

Colleen Gorman was the production editor and proofreader, and Emily Quill was the copyeditor for HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fourth Edition. Madeleine Newell and Melanie Wang provided quality control. Matt Hutchinson and Nancy Williams provided production support. Seth Maislin and Ellen Troutman-Zaig wrote the index. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using 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. Alicia Cech and David Futato designed the interior layout based on a series design by Nancy Priest. Mike Sierra implemented the design in FrameMaker 5.5.6. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Rhon Porter using Macromedia FreeHand 8 and Adobe Photoshop 5. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.

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