[lug] Web Layers

Michael J. Hammel mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
Wed May 15 15:38:00 MDT 2002

Thus spoke J. Wayde Allen
> What is the primary reason for using layers in web page design?

Position dependent client side interactivity.  A page with layers can be
loaded with multiple content intended for the same location (pixel offsets)
within a browser window and scripting that makes only one set of content
show up in that space at any given time.  

I used (though not very well - it doesn't load in anything but Netscape)
layers to pop up details on news blurbs from sites linked to the front page
of graphics-muse.com.  That page is way-waaaaay out of date now, but it was
interesting building it.  I used perl to generate the page with layers and

If you ever load a page that has those little flies buzzing around that
follow your mouse, those are done in layers and DHTML.  That's just a
clever trick, but more useful stuff is possible.  Layers do for position
dependent content what frames did for navigation (though not everyone likes
frames, of course).

Michael J. Hammel                               The Graphics Muse 
mjhammel at graphics-muse.org                      http://www.graphics-muse.com
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