in a Book
this Web Site
This web site contains most of the contents of Kirby
Palm's Experience in a Book: Help for the XJ-S Jaguar
Owner (otherwise referred to as "the Book") which is
usually distributed in the form of a Microsoft
Word file for free over the Internet. Kirby is contually
and continuously updating the document, so this web site
will probably be quite "out of date" by the time you read
this. Therefor it is strongly recommended that you download
the most up-to-date copy of the book from Kirby's
web site and refer to that information directly for any
repairs or diagnostic work on your XJ-S Jaguar.
This web site is based on the August 19, 1998 version
of the Book.
The Book was converted to HTML by Vaughan Bromfield. Some
inaccuracies have inevitably been introduced during the
conversion process -- notably, some symbols used in the
original Word document have no direct match in html. So if
an odd symbol appears in the web version, please refer to
the original Word file on Kirby's
web site for the correct meaning.
Because of the huge amount of information contained in
the Book, not all of it has been incorporated into this web
site. All of the Maintenance Tips and
Modifications sections of the Book have been
converted and included here; Where to Find Help, Parts
Etc. and all subsequent sections -- in truth a
relativley small part of the Book -- have not been included.
the Book to get this information.
For those interested in the nuts and bolts, it took
Microsoft Word 97 on a Pentium computer about one hour to
convert the Word document into html format -- I'm not sure
because I started it off then went to lunch. The product of
this process was a single, 1.7 MB web page and thirty gif
images. About forth hours (yeah four full working days) was
then spent turning that single, huge html file into a web
site using Claris Home Page on a Macintosh computer. This
- breaking up the single file into over thirty (almost)
- making a simple but elegant design for the site that
would facilitate easy conversion (remember, this book is
- cleaning up the html formatting that Word produced --
creating dozens of tables and making the dozens of web
site and cross-references in the book into clickable
links, formatting the headings and where required the
- creating the Table of Contents and linking it all
- and finally checking everything as much as possible
to catch the bugs.
To make all of this manageable, the text in the original
Word document has been converted with the minimum anount of
changes possible. This has meant that some compromise has
been made between speed, and taking advantage of all of the
features of the web format.
I hope you find this web site useful. My thanks go to
Kirby for creating and maintaining this document in the
first place. -- Vaughan Bromfield
in a Book