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The animal on the cover of XSLT is a jabiru. Standing up to five feet tall and with a wingspan of eight feet, this wading stork is the largest flying bird in the western hemisphere. The bird's habitat ranges from southern Mexico to northern Argentina, and much of its migrating population is found in Belize from November through July. Its habitat generally includes coastal areas, savannas, and marshes. The jabiru population has steadily decreased over the past decades due to hunting and deforestation, but some areas of Central America have seen a slow recovery in the bird's population.

Ann Schirmer was the production editor and copyeditor for XSLT. Linley Dolby and Jeffrey Holcomb were the proofreaders . Claire Cloutier, Emily Quill, and Rachel Wheeler provided quality control. Brenda Miller wrote the index. Interior composition was done by Ann Schirmer. Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is an original antique engraving from the 19th century. 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. This book was written entirely in XML. The book's print version was created by translating the XML source into a set of gtroff macros using a Perl filter developed by Norman Walsh. Erik Ray wrote extensions to the filter. Steve Talbott designed and wrote the underlying macro set on the basis of the GNU gtroff -ms macros; Lenny Muellner adapted them to XML and implemented the book design. The GNU groff text formatter Version 1.11 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 Ann Schirmer.

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