At the risk of sounding like a total homer...I must tell you:
IT WORKED! IT WORKED! IT REALLY FR KIN' WORKED! I'M SO FR _ KIN' HAPPY!
First of all, Publisher must generate in css, because I found this entry just below <title>:
(I have this feeling I should have known this already.)
The <BODY> tag was below the </style> tag, near the middle of the page; & below all the headings (which incidently, from Publisher, look like:
font-family: Times New Roman;
(as opposed to: <H1>) That's weird. Is that what is meant by "bloating" the code?
The entry was: <body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" link="#0066ff" vlink="#cc3366" text="#000000" topmargin=0 leftmargin=0>, which I changed to: #000000, per your recommendation [& I had also found it last night in Elizabeth Castro's book (HTML4.)]
Now, I have to find the code generated by the flood filled frame I created in the damn WYSIWYG app to get my black page in the first place...& delete it.
In the future, I'll leave all my pages standard white in the editor & just change the code. I'm also going to make a honest effort to learn HTML. I like WYSIWYG, for the aesthetic freedom associated with visual page layout, but there's just no substitute for understanding the structure behind it all.