The following people contributed material or expertise to this book:

  • Simon St.Laurent ( is an editor with O'Reilly Media, Inc. Prior to that, he'd been a web developer, network administrator, computer book author, and XML troublemaker. He lives in Dryden, New York. His books include XML: A Primer, XML Elements of Style, Building XML Applications, Cookies, and Sharing Bandwidth.

  • Michael Fitzgerald is principal of Wy'east Communications (, a writing, training, and programming consultancy specializing in XML. He is the author of Learning XSLT (O'Reilly), XSL Essentials (John Wiley), and Building B2B Applications with XML: A Resource Guide (John Wiley). Mike is the creator of Ox (, an open source Java tool for generating brief, syntax-related documentation at the command line. He was also a member of the original RELAX NG technical committee at OASIS (2001-2003). A native of Oregon, Mike now lives with his family in Mapleton, Utah. You can find his technical blog at

  • C. K. Sample III maintains 3650 and a 12-inch (, a weblog discussing the use of a 12" PowerBook G4 and a Nokia 3650. He is a doctoral candidate in English at Fordham University, focusing on 20th-century American and British literature, as well as 20th-century world literature, biblical studies, and critical theory. C. K. (Clinton Kennedy; no relation) works in Fordham's Department of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing as the Technical Supervisor for the Fordham Graduate Center's North Hall Labs in Tarrytown, New York. His first "computer" was an Atari 400, and his first Mac was a PowerBook 5300CS. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, C. K. currently lives in Bronxville, New York, with his fiancée, Kristin Landgrebe, and his pet Eclectus parrot, Misha, who just turned two years old.

  • Darren Nickerson is a long-time member of the HylaFAX open source community and the founder of its online portal: He is employed as a senior sales and support engineer at iFAX Solutions, delivering HylaFAX-based fax solutions to businesses worldwide.

  • Ross Presser manages a small printing company's Windows network and develops humdrum in-house applications in several flavors of Visual Basic. During the few hours he is allowed to relax, he voraciously reads all kinds of text and kicks back to the music of Jimmy Buffett. He and his Parrothead wife live in southern New Jersey ("the part that has less pollution and more taxes").