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Text::Wrap(3p)   Perl Programmers Reference Guide  Text::Wrap(3p)

       Text::Wrap - line wrapping to form simple paragraphs

       Example 1

               use Text::Wrap

               $initial_tab = "\t";    # Tab before first line
               $subsequent_tab = "";   # All other lines flush left

               print wrap($initial_tab, $subsequent_tab, @text);
               print fill($initial_tab, $subsequent_tab, @text);

               $lines = wrap($initial_tab, $subsequent_tab, @text);

               @paragraphs = fill($initial_tab, $subsequent_tab, @text);

       Example 2

               use Text::Wrap qw(wrap $columns $huge);

               $columns = 132;         # Wrap at 132 characters
               $huge = 'die';
               $huge = 'wrap';
               $huge = 'overflow';

       Example 3

               use Text::Wrap

               $Text::Wrap::columns = 72;
               print wrap('', '', @text);

       "Text::Wrap::wrap()" is a very simple paragraph formatter.
       It formats a single paragraph at a time by breaking lines
       at word boundries.  Indentation is controlled for the
       first line ($initial_tab) and all subsequent lines ($sub-
       sequent_tab) independently.  Please note: $initial_tab and
       $subsequent_tab are the literal strings that will be used:
       it is unlikley you would want to pass in a number.

       Text::Wrap::fill() is a simple multi-paragraph formatter.
       It formats each paragraph separately and then joins them
       together when it's done.  It will destory any whitespace
       in the original text.  It breaks text into paragraphs by
       looking for whitespace after a newline.  In other respects
       it acts like wrap().

       "Text::Wrap::wrap()" has a number of variables that con-
       trol its behavior.  Because other modules might be using
       "Text::Wrap::wrap()" it is suggested that you leave these

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       variables alone!  If you can't do that, then use
       "local($Text::Wrap::VARIABLE) = YOURVALUE" when you change
       the values so that the original value is restored.  This
       "local()" trick will not work if you import the variable
       into your own namespace.

       Lines are wrapped at $Text::Wrap::columns columns.
       $Text::Wrap::columns should be set to the full width of
       your output device.  In fact, every resulting line will
       have length of no more than "$columns - 1".

       It is possible to control which characters terminate words
       by modifying $Text::Wrap::break. Set this to a string such
       as '[\s:]' (to break before spaces or colons) or a pre-
       compiled regexp such as "qr/[\s']/" (to break before
       spaces or apostrophes). The default is simply '\s'; that
       is, words are terminated by spaces.  (This means, among
       other things, that trailing punctuation  such as full
       stops or commas stay with the word they are "attached"

       Beginner note: In example 2, above $columns is imported
       into the local namespace, and set locally.  In example 3,
       $Text::Wrap::columns is set in its own namespace without
       importing it.

       "Text::Wrap::wrap()" starts its work by expanding all the
       tabs in its input into spaces.  The last thing it does it
       to turn spaces back into tabs.  If you do not want tabs in
       your results, set $Text::Wrap::unexapand to a false value.
       Likewise if you do not want to use 8-character tabstops,
       set $Text::Wrap::tabstop to the number of characters you
       do want for your tabstops.

       If you want to separate your lines with something other
       than "\n" then set $Text::Wrap::seporator to your prefer-

       When words that are longer than $columns are encountered,
       they are broken up.  "wrap()" adds a "\n" at column
       $columns.  This behavior can be overridden by setting
       $huge to 'die' or to 'overflow'.  When set to 'die', large
       words will cause "die()" to be called.  When set to 'over-
       flow', large words will be left intact.

       Historical notes: 'die' used to be the default value of
       $huge.  Now, 'wrap' is the default value.

               print wrap("\t","","This is a bit of text that forms
                       a normal book-style paragraph");

       David Muir Sharnoff <muirATidiom.com> with help from Tim

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       Pierce and many many others.

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