After asking all of the usual questions, I asked the reader to tell me what he was seeing on screen. It turned out the reader was getting the right result all the time, but wasn’t seeing the fancy skin I was using on my browser. Here’s the screenshot from the book.
The example is designed to work with any browser, decorated or not. Of course, I had looked at the content and the content was fine, but the reader pointed out that not everyone looks at just the content. Some people will look at the browser window as a whole and want their browser window to look the same (or nearly so). Normally I put a disclaimer about this in the book and I should have provided it in this book.
At issue here is the reader’s learning experience. No one should ever feel that a question is too small for me to answer. I really want you to learn something from my books and if an issue such as the decoration on my browser window is causing problems, then we’ll work through it together.
This particular issue has also demonstrated why beta readers are so important to my writing efforts. I ask for beta readers for each of my books for precisely this reason. I can’t see these sorts of issues myself because I have worked with computers for a long time and they’re simply invisible. What I need are fresh eyes to look at my work and tell me when I’m hiding the entire forest in the trees. Always feel free to contact me regarding any question you have, especially those simple questions most of us are hesitant to ask.
I also ask for your continued help in producing the best books possible. Whenever possible, volunteer to be a beta reader. I find your input incredibly helpful and useful. Let me know your thoughts about simple question or being a beta reader at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com.