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TCP/IP Guide Features, Inserts and Icons
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I created The TCP/IP Guide to provide
you with an unparalleled breadth and depth of information on TCP/IP.
This meant including a lot of content in this Guideit has over
600 sections, subsections and individual topics, and is over 1,600 pages
long. However, I recognized as I was writing this tome that the real
goal is not just to provide a lot of detailed information, but also
to present it in such a way that it can be easily understood by you,
the reader. This requires more than just writing large amounts of text
and putting it all into a large file.
For this reason, I have incorporated
a number of special features into this Guide to help make it easier
for you to digest. J
These include tools that will help you navigate through the information,
others that let you quickly jump to related topics, and graphical elements
that explain difficult topics or simply highlight important text elements.
Most of these features are also designed to exploit the many advantages
of electronic documents, such as hyperlinking and the ability to embed
Here is a description of some of
these special features, in no particular order:
- Hierarchical Table of Contents: The TCP/IP
Guide uses a hierarchical structure, which I described in detail in
previous topic discussing the Guides organization.
A complete Table of Contents
has of course been included, which reflects this hierarchical structure.
It is fully hyperlinked, so you can quickly jump to any topic of interest
just by clicking your mouse on the topics title.
For your convenience, there is also a link to the Table of Contents
at the top of each page.
- Figures: The TCP/IP Guide contains over
300 full-color illustrations, which support the text descriptions of
TCP/IP technologies and protocols, and help make sense of difficult
concepts. Each figure is cross-referenced with a hyperlink from an appropriate
place in the text. Most include brief descriptions that allow you to
understand what the figure means without even having to read the full
text of the topic where the figure is located.
- Tables: The Guide has over 300 tables,
which present large amounts of information in an organized and readable
manner, or highlight examples for your convenience. These tables use
alternating white and colored rows for enhanced readability. Like the
figures, these tables are cross-referenced from the text using hyperlinks.
- Hyperlinks: In addition to the hyperlinks
in the Table of Contents and the cross-references to figures and tables,
there are over 3,000 additional hyperlinks within the actual text of
the Guide. These links are shown as normal HTML hyperlinks; when you
see one, clicking it will take you to the topic discussing whatever
subject matter was highlighted by the link. This lets you quickly find
information relevant to understanding the topic you are currently exploring.
Note that all hyperlinks that appear in the main part of this Guide
are internal links that go to other places within the Guide; external
links are shown separately (see below).
- Highlighting: I use a consistent highlighting
mechanism to make the text easier to read. When new terms are introduced
they are shown in italics; I also italicize the names of fields,
messages, options and other protocol constructs to set them apart from
regular text. Emphasized words are shown in bold italics.
Document titles are italicized and underlined. There are
also a few places where colored text is used for emphasis.
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