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Using this book

Browser compatibility

Most of this will work on most mainstream Browsers, but embedded slides are best viewed using Chrome.

Information layers

This book tries to layer information so that readers can decide to omit less important layers if they wish to.

More important information are in bold or highlighted while less important information are dimmed or in collapsed panels such as the below.

Some less important info in a boarder-less panel


Some less important info in a panel


Tabs indicate alternative formats of the same content (e.g. video vs text). You can choose the one you like and ignore the other tabs.

Dotted underlines indicate some additional infotool tips (activated by hovering over it) and dashed underlines indicate modal windows (activated by clicking) containing additional information.

Tooltip Example
Additional information

Conventions used

Shorthand headings

Meaning of some shortened headings:

  • What : the meaning of the concept in concern ( example)
  • Why : the motivation behind the concept in concern ( example)
  • How : the usage of the concept in concern ( example)
  • When : the pros and cons of the concept in concern, when to use the concept ( example)

Meaning of icons

: additional info
: warning
: positive message
or : important message
: error or danger to avoid
or : tip
: definition or topic
extra : tangential info, can be ignored if not interested
: Ctrl+Click to open the LO in new window/tab.
: learning outcomes
: prerequisite learning outcome
: examples
: resources
: exercises
: printable version
: preview/more info
: video
>_ : a command to be run in a terminal
: textual description
: slides
: output produced by running code
question without answer
question with answer

Searching

The book currently does not have a search feature. The workaround is to load the printable version of the book (which loads the entire book into one page, minus the exercises) and use the Browser's search function.

Saving as PDF files

Follow this guide @SE-EDU/guides.

Printing

The icon indicates printer-friendly versions of each chapter. A printer-friendly version of the entire book can be found here.