How to Use This Book
This section refers to conventions used in the print book and
explains how they were modified for the online version. The numbers
in the following images correspond to the lists below them.
- Summary Boxes:
You'll see gray shaded summary boxes all through the book. (On the CD, the Summary Boxes are bordered sidebars with the title
"Summary Box.") They
summarize a topic and point you to articles with examples and further
- Article/Section Number:
The first two digits indicate in which chapter the article resides;
the last two digits indicate the number of the article within that
chapter. The article number is used to refer to this article in all
cross-references throughout the book. (On the CD, Article numbers
correspond to Section numbers.)
- Cross-Reference in a Sentence:
To find out more about the topic displayed in gray type (On the CD,
this text is displayed in boldface.), see the
article referenced by the number in parentheses immediately following
- Cross-Reference in
a Code Example.
When a cross-reference occurs in an example, the cross-referenced text
and related article number appear in the left margin. (On the CD, these
cross-references appear above the code example.)
If you don't want to type this script into a file yourself, or if
we're talking about a C program that isn't shown, you can download it
from the book's web site. See the Preface for full details on the
content available for download. (Online version available at
Be careful with this feature, or you might get
A note to keep in mind, or a helpful tip.
A bomb icon in the margin is a cross-reference to another article that
explains the possible trouble you might encounter using the tip or
script in the current article. (You can think of the bomb as a
cross-referenced screw.) (On the CD, the Bomb appears above the
paragraph it refers to.)
- Author's Initials:
The author's full name is listed in the Preface.
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