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Thank you for your reponse and the link to Craig's information. I should have mentioned that I had read that thread and did check the True Code of my files. I have no additional styles in the <Head> section of the true code. I'm now thinking it has something to do with the hyperlink styles I modified.
I just did a test by creating a new help project. I modified the styles for extending hotspots and text-only hotspots (but nothing else), and they worked as I wanted them to. Problem is, I need to modify the link styles in my real project, because I don't want the default "visited" and "hovered" colors. It seems that those hyperlink styles affect the drop-down/expanding/text-only pop-up styles in the compiled version. Does this make sense, or am I completely off base?
This suggests that the css stylesheet for the test project is different from the css file in the project.
Aside from that, the user's browser preferences can override your specs.
Is your browser set to accept all fonts and colors from the page? Does the browser have color and/or underline preferences for unvisited and visited links?
The only change I make is to eliminate underscores for links. For example, if there are Glossary hotspots, I remove the underscore so that page jumps are blue underscored and Glossary hotspots are, say, brown and not underscored.
Most people don't bother to select "always underscore links" or whatever, but who knows what colors they specify?