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Chapter 12. Layers in Dreamweaver > Introduction to Layers

Introduction to Layers

As you've worked with tables, you may have noticed that sometimes it's hit or miss to get content placed where you want it or need it. After working with merging and splitting cells, adding transparent GIF spacers, and experimenting with the horizontal and vertical spacing, you may be thinking that there's got to be a better way. This is where layers come in.

When you think of layers, if the first thing that comes to mind is Adobe Photoshop and digital imaging—stop. Although a stacking order is associated with layers, they're better known for alternative design options. Layers in the world of Web design means freedom from messy table workarounds and total control of content layout. The W3C included absolute positioning in the cascading style sheets (CSS) specification, offering precise placement of DHTML's layers.


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