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The tool on the cover of Firefox Hacks is a flashlight. The flashlight is a portable illumination device that is typically fashioned from a miniature electric lightbulb and a parabolic reflector, which are mounted in a cylindrical casing containing an electric circuit, batteries, and a power switch. Invented in the late nineteenth century, the flashlight received its name because the batteries originally used to power the device had so little juice in them that people commonly switched the object on for just a brief instant at a time, emitting a quick "flash" of light to brighten their surroundings.
Sanders Kleinfeld was the production editor and copyeditor for Firefox Hacks. Jamie Peppard was the proofreader. Philip Dangler and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Reg Aubry wrote the index.
Hanna Dyer designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is an original photograph by Kevin Thomas. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with Adobe InDesign CS using Adobe's Helvetica Neue and ITC Garamond fonts.
David Futato designed the interior layout. This book was converted by Keith Fahlgren 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 Helvetica Neue 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 MX and Adobe Photoshop CS. This colophon was written by Sanders Kleinfeld.
The online edition of this book was created by the Safari production group (John Chodacki, Ken Douglass, and Ellie Cutler) using a set of Frame-to-XML conversion and cleanup tools written and maintained by Erik Ray, Benn Salter, John Chodacki, Ellie Cutler, and Jeff Liggett.