by Eric van der Vlist is published by O'Reilly & Associates (ISBN: 0596004214)


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The animal on the cover of RELAX NG is a blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus). Unlike other pheasants, the blood pheasant resembles a partridge in size and shape. Its crest is grey, and the male's forehead, face, and throat are red. A female's upper features are more rust-colored. Both males and females have grey to light brown bodies.

The blood pheasant lives in the coniferous forests of the Himalayas, from Nepal through Tibet into northern Burma to northwest China. It lives in flocks of 4-20 in nonbreeding season, up to 40 in winter. Between late April and early May, the female fills a shallow saucer nest of dry twigs lined with leaves with up to 14 eggs. Chicks are born in mid-June and able to follow mother to feed at two days old.

The blood pheasant picks up food with its bill and seldom digs with its claws, although it sometimes jumps up to shrubs to feed. It's considered a good runner but a poor flier. When threatened, it rushes down hills and hides under stones. Because it lives in such remote regions, however, the blood pheasant population remains stable and unthreatened by man.

Mary Anne Weeks Mayo was the production editor, and Nancy Wolfe Kotary was the copyeditor for RELAX NG. Reg Aubry and Colleen Gorman provided quality control. Julie Hawks wrote the index.

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

Melanie Wang designed the interior layout, based on a series design by David Futato. This book was converted by Joe Wizda 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 compiled by Mary Anne Weeks Mayo.

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.

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