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The animal on the cover of Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason is a Hamadryas (Arabian) baboon. This species inhabits the dry plains and rocky hills of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Though their primary diet consists of roots, seeds, and fruit, Hamadryas baboons also eat insects and small animals, including other monkeys. They travel and forage in bands of 50 to 100 during the day and gather in troops as large as 750 to sleep on steep-sided cliffs during the night. All adults have long, dense, silky fur that is gray in males and brownish in females. Mature males weigh an average of 45 pounds and have a silver cape or mane over the head, neck, and shoulders. Females are considerably smaller and have no mane.
Arabian baboons live in a highly developed social order based on harem groups-a single adult male is accompanied by up to four females and their offspring. Males control their family by brute force, often biting females on the nape of the neck. Their powerful canines are also bared to threaten predators, which include leopards, jackals, hyenas, cheetahs, and lions. When facing an attack, they may yawn, slap their hands and feet, scream, and alert other baboons with a dog-like bark. They are fierce combatants, often winning fights against animals larger than themselves.
Ancient Egyptian artwork frequently pictures Hamadryas baboons as attendants of Thoth, scribe of the gods, and himself the god of wisdom, learning, and magic. The Egyptians recognized the intelligence of "sacred" baboons and reportedly trained them to wait on tables, pluck weeds from garden plots, and assume positions of prayer when in a temple. They also helped make wine; tomb paintings depict them harvesting grapes and using their own body weight to increase the tension of wine presses. Today these baboons are listed as a threatened species, and they no longer inhabit Egypt. Cultivation and development have destroyed much of their natural habitat and forced some bands to rely on crops and garbage dumps for food.
Philip Dangler was the production editor for Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason. Norma Emory was the copyeditor. TIPS Technical Publishing, Inc. provided production services and wrote the index. Emily Quill and Mary Anne Weeks Mayo provided quality control.
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 Animal Creation. 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. This colophon was written by Philip Dangler.
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.