O’Reilly XML Pocket Reference: don’t bother

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Just bought this on Amazon and had it delivered

Wish I hadn’t bothered. I am sure the copy is technically correct but as it is a reference book that refers to numbered paragraphs throughout and none of the paragraphs (or even chapters) have been printed with numbers, it is close to useless.

In fact it really is disgraceful that O’Reilly didn’t pulp it and start again – especially as all the signs are that it was their (as opposed to the authors’) mistake. After all the authors have numbered their paragraph references, so it looks to me like some later editor deleted all the numbering.