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Acknowledgments

I had long wanted to write a book for the "class act" that is O'Reilly & Associates. I thank Tim O'Reilly for trusting that my personal need for this book would translate into the needs of other web page authors. Then I had the good fortune of the book being assigned to Paula Ferguson, a first-rate editor in her own right (you probably have on your bookshelf one or more excellent O'Reilly titles that have benefited from her guidance). The reference chapters of this book presented extraordinary design challenges that would make most publishers wince. Paula shared my vision and worked magic with the O'Reilly designers to turn my dream into a reality.

When I write about a comparatively new technology—and a complex one at that—it is difficult to find someone who is knowledgeable enough to double-check my work and articulate how to make things better. Amid the politically charged browser wars, it is even more difficult to find a bipartisan supporter of the developer in the trenches. I couldn't have been luckier than when my old friend, Dan Shafer, recommended his BUILDER.COM colleague, Charity Kahn, for the job. I doubt she expected to wrestle with the nearly one-foot-thick original manuscript, but she stuck with it to the very end. I still marvel at the insight and experience embedded within each comment and suggestion she made.

This book would not exist were it not for the many readers of my articles and books over the past 20 years. My greatest reward has been to help you unlock your own talent and create great solutions. To new readers, I bid you welcome, as we all explore the possibilities that lie ahead in this new era of Dynamic HTML.

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