I tried !important and had mixed results. For words that are linked to the glossary I was able to make them stand out more when the cursor hovers about them. This I really like since before they would go from black to a light grey. Sometimes it was difficult to tell. Now they go from black to bright red.
As far as keeping the colors typed in the TinyMICE for instructions, labels, etc, it did not work for glossary linked words, only words not in the glossary. For example:
The bird flew through the window.
If bird was in the glossary and flew was not, flew would stay blue but bird would flip back to black because it is in the glossary. Any ideas on where !important should be placed? I tried it in various places to no avail.
I am just starting with web development so thanks for the tip on Firebug. I have just begun using it.
Thanks again for the help!