re: As with many “technical” problems, if you keep banging your head against it long enough (and if your head is hard enough) you will usually make some progress.
I have managed to get things working pretty well with the goals above, so for now I’m OK with that.
Good to hear you’ve got much of it figured out. I am working hard to simply this more.
re: For some reason it gets darker when you follow the “Edit Entry” link after it has been created. It almost appears to be a “contrast” issue as everything is extremely light gray first time around.
Hmmm, very odd, nothing I’ve ever seen before. Form uses the exact same CSS for styling when adding as it does when editing. Perhaps the theme is overriding the styles a little. I would have to actually see the issue in order to provide some guidance.
re: The red “Remove” buttons are cut off just about at the letter “v”.
This is almost certainly due to the theme or maybe another plugin overriding the style of the button. If you can share a link, I should be able to provide a fix.
re: The “Add to Address Book.” link is misleading to me. It sounds almost like you would click this to add another directory entry. I’d very much like to be able to change the text of this to say “Download vCard” (and for that matter I’d like to be able to change the label for all the other links too).
To change the add to addressbook link, see this FAQ.
Let me know what text you do want to change… most text I try to pull as much as I can from the core Connections plugin, but extension will have their “own” stings. The FAQ I linked to will still apply, but you would have to use a different text domain to change them.