in_place_editor_field and custom highlight color?

Jeff Coleman wrote:

Is there a way to set the starting and ending highlight colors when
using the built-in helper in_place_editor_field? I'm looking through
the code now and I'm not having any luck finding the right syntax.

Jeff Coleman

Just did this a few minutes ago:

From AWDWRv2, page 548 (in the PDF, anyway):

div.auto_complete {
  width: 350px;
  background: #fff ;
div.auto_complete ul {
  border:1px solid #888 ;
div.auto_complete ul li {
div.auto_complete ul li.selected {
  background-color: #ffb ;
div.auto_complete ul strong.highlight {
  color: #800 ;

Although in my case I ended up with:

div #host_name_auto_complete.auto_complete ul li.selected {
  background-color: #FF9900;

Disclaimer - my CSS knowledge is pitiful, so perhaps someone can point
out why I needed the #... part