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The animal on the cover of XML Schema is a Reeves's pheasant. Reeves's pheasants originated in north and central China. They are named after the man who first introduced the species in England to be bred for game. The species is one of the most popular types of pheasant to be held in captivity and can be found all over the world.

Reeves's pheasants are black, white, and bronze in color. Male pheasants have white heads with black stripes across their eyes resembling masks, while females have gold heads with light brown masks. Most remarkable are the birds' tail feathers, which can reach six feet long. These long tail feathers have historically been used in ceremonies.

Hens produce two or more clutches of 8 to 14 eggs per season. The eggs are olive brown or cream color, and hatch after 24 days. They have to be separated from other chicks, especially of different species, soon after birth, as they tend to be quite aggressive. Dominant male Reeves's pheasants are also quite aggressive and need to be separated when held in captivity.

Darren Kelly was the production editor, Mary Brady was the copyeditor, and Tatiana Diaz was the proofreader for XML Schema. Mary Anne Weeks Mayo and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Interior composition was done by Philip Dangler, Matt Hutchinson, and Emily Quill. Judy Hoer wrote the index.

Hanna Dyer 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. This book was converted to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Linley Dolby.



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