Thanks. That at least got the black behind the top menu. I'll keep working on the rest with that example in mind.
I've got a related puzzle for you.
I completely wiped out atahualpa on TheCaptainAndLime. Deleted the folder using FTP. Then loaded a sparkling clean version up...copied the ATA settings exactly from the site with the black background the way I want it (closed-circle.net) which was the way I began the site the first time...which worked beautifully the first time...but this time it still had the white behind the menu and the white border on the parent table.
The first thing I tried to do, even before I copied the settings from CC, was to simply change the body default background color to black...nothing. Not a single cell changed. Wait...that's not quite true. It does make the edge around the table go black. I can change the default font color from there, but not the default BG color. Or a BG image, for that matter, using the supplied code.
Then I went through and deleted every other instance of background anywhere in the defaults and I still couldn't get that menu or header or logo background to go black and I can't find the table border mentioned anywhere, so I can't make it disappear within the supplied defaults. I know I didn't do anything special to the CC site to make it disappear.... I mean...I can see adding code to get rid of it, but can you think of any reason for the background default not to work in the first place? We aren't talking regressing. This was a clean install.
Do these themes actually leave any footprints in the WP installation itself? I thought the whole idea was modular, but there's got to be something fundamentally different between these two sites...both of which were on Constructor before I moved them over to ATA.
Also...just out of curiosity, is there a reason why the menu and logo and header pages don't have an option for general formatting of the cell like the body and widgets do? It seems as if it w/b a similar problem, i.e. setting the cell properties...but I admit, I don't know that much about CSS. Just did a lot of html back in the 90's and early 2000's.
I literally spent all day deleting and reformatting Ata on TCAL and could never figure out any way to make that body default background to manifest. I can't get it to load a background image, and I can't get it to pay any attention to that color command. I've reset, I've deleted the bfa_ata4 (which had absolutely no visible affect on the page). I'm terrible at letting go of puzzles, and this one is about to drive me crazy because it makes no sense.
I thought it might be connected to WP's new "saving widgets" function, since that definitely screwed up the formatting of one of my recreations today. In that case, I made the clean install, copied the formatting from the CC site...and the fonts in the widgets were wrong! (that was weird) but I took all the widgets out before switching themes preparatory to yet one more delete and reinstall, which took care of the font problem but did nothing about the white border and background.
I really don't have many plugins...the only one I thought might be a problem was theme switch, which I deactivated and deleted, before yet another wipe and reload, but it still didn't solve the problem.
Sorry...I'm rambling. I've been working on this since 5am. It's now 11pm and I have yet to write the scene that was begging to be written this AM. Any thoughts w/b seriously appreciated, even if it's just "God did it."