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2. layer was also a non-standard html element introduced in Netscape 4 and abandoned in the next version (Netscape 6). Again, this was never a standard, but the NN4 object model does have document.layers
I am finding many sites on the Internet with tutorials on manipulating document layers
Ignore them, and move on to find something more up-to-date. The Web is full of fuddy-duddy old stuff. Although not an absolute truth, any interesting scripts have given up on trying to support Netscape 4. So, unless a scripting article is specifically about backward compatibility with dinosaurs, mentions of "document.layers" is a warning that you're learning out-dated techniques.
Interesting to note that layers were a little like iframes, in that they could be filled with the content of separate documents, but (unlike iframe) became part of the main document.
Obsolete, but ahead of their time too (see, I didn't say "Ajax").
I find this tool handy as it is better than an editable region and is user-friendly
To get this object. See if the insert toolbar is there, otherwise click CTRL + F2, on the insert toolbar make sure the "common" tab is expanded. Click the third icon down on the left. Now this should add a "layer" to your page. Ur in full control now. Put in anything you want where you want at any size on your page
Hint if any scripts you use and want to put in the Layer that use the DIV Tags. Simply put it into a table in the tags