Multiple 'layer' parameters can be sent by simply putting a comma between them: 'layer=meta,text' or layer=short,text'. This results in all of the data requested being returned in the same line, so you would first split them by a pipe, then a second split by a tilde. The first element of each segment is the layer_code, so inspecting the first four characters will tell you which segment you're working with. Splitting each of these segments by an asterisk will get each of the elements.
NOTE: the order in which the layer strings occur does not affect the output order. 'layer=meta,text' will have the same result as 'layer=text,meta'. The output order is always: Header, Meta, Other, Low Verbosity, High Verbosity
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