The computer production file for the book continues to produce strange results, even though I have removed all character styles from the file that I am working with.
One of the bizarre things is that the character styles sometimes show back up in what was supposed to be (and not long ago was) a clean file, having been lifted from somewhere else for no apparent reason.
Yet when I go back to an earlier version of the file that should have the character styles . . . from before I removed them . . . the styles are listed in the style palette (correct) but the type they're supposed to be applied to has all been changed in color and font to something else (incorrect).
So in addition to everything else I'm dealing with (i.e., strange behavior within any single book file), there appears to be cross-file activity that should not be happening. Even in the crazy world of computers. Under these circumstances, it is (almost?) impossible to locate and remove the source(s) of the problems.
I'm babying the files for this complex book along, with the plan of shifting to different software for the next title.
Computers are completely logical. They perform actions in given sequences, according to orders they're given. But sometimes those orders get scrambled and the computer appears to go insane.
Producing the risk of similar results in the operator.