Ok, now that I have a good explanation of what and how I was seeing things, I am starting to understand the inner workings. Thank you guys for the sensible explanation of what I need to look for, and which editor(s) to use for whatever. Just a bit of hunting.

Now all of these tools will be easier to use for me, at least. Sometimes we cannot see that stupid forest for the stupid trees, until someone shows us that there is a bush that explains everything.