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Consistency of Downloaded Ebook

sage I have been testing my ebook download from different computers and have been encountering a frustrating problem. It appears that the formatting which I defined in a style sheet is not consistently downloading. I have tested on dialup and broadband on Windows 98, ME and 2000 professional.  Furthermore certain gif files sometimes fail to load as well. The problem as you can appreciate is that the look of the product is inconsistent. What can I do ? The size of the files range from 450-550k zipped.

Posted on: 5:11 am on April 7, 2004
EBookCompiler Are you absolutely sure that you are not linking to some files that aren't actually your in ebook but are in external folders on only some of your test computers?

This is what usually causes this problem.

Do a text search for file:// and c:\ etc across all source files, and you will probably find an error of this type (or two) in your HTML code.

Posted on: 10:27 pm on April 10, 2004
sage All the files are the same because it is the same file downloaded, just on different computers. What I can tell you is that one download was through AOL and another was on my wife's laptop which is has all kinds of firewall software, although it had no apparent effect on the download. The files are zipped and I use Winzip self-extractor. On my Win98 no problem. On the AOL WinmE and the wifes system Win2000PRo the same chapters had no css format, the same file on my system worked fine. You can try it yourself,
it's the trial version of my ebook with chapters 1,6,8 open for review. Let me know what you think.

(Edited by sage at 1:17 am on April 11, 2004)

Posted on: 1:15 am on April 11, 2004
EBookCompiler It's not to do with the ISP

It's to do with whether the system viewing on is the system you authored on

Your own PC has a copy of all your files in a particular set of folders.  When you run the ebook, you are viewing a 2nd copy, but because of an HTML mistake the stylesheet linked is coming from the 1st copy.

Your other PCs only get the 2nd copy inside the ebook, so the stylesheet link is broken, and you are viewing the pages without a style sheet.

When I viewed, IE5.5, I get the problem on Chs 6 and  8, but not 1.

Go look at the STYLE or LINK tag in chapters 6 and 8.  This is alsmost certainly where the problem lies

I can not say for definite (but I'm fairly sure) without viewing the HTML codes.  If you want me to do that, send chapters 1, 6 and 8 HTML files via email

Posted on: 2:23 am on April 11, 2004
sage That was it. When dividing the book into modules, the links were lost. Just wasn't aware that it could work on my computer while failing on others. Thanks for your help.

Posted on: 3:43 am on April 11, 2004
sage That was it. When dividing the book into modules, the links were lost. Just wasn't aware that it could work on my computer while failing on others. Thanks for your help.

Posted on: 5:12 am on April 11, 2004


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