What if, instead of using a character style to change the color of some of the headings, you were to make a second paragraph style (based on the original) and change the text color of the second style. That way, any changes you make to the original paragraph style will change in the second (with the exception of the color), and you won't have a character style in the mix.
That might work, though I have 4 different paragraph styles that currently appear on the dark page for which I would need to make the alternate styles (so +4 paragraph styles when I already have about 20). Right now I have one character style applied to the text frame to change the color for all of them. Thanks for suggestion; I may end up doing that.
Okay, here's the solution I came up with (thanks Migintosh for the similar suggestion):
- Use local formatting (yuck, right?) for character color on the paragraph styles to change them to white instead of black.
- Set the TOC paragraph style to use black for character color.
The best thing to do, IMO, would have been to duplicate the para style as per Migintosh, change the character color there and add that to the TOC.
I say this from experience, having just done a job where I needed to do that.
Leaving them at the same level in the TOC and having their own para style assigned in the TOC makes this a pretty simple procedure.