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

       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 ($initial_tab) and all subsequent lines ($subsequent_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 sepa-
       rately 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 control its behavior.  Because other
       modules might be using "Text::Wrap::wrap()" it is suggested that you leave these 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 apostro-
       phes). 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" to.)

       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

       "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 preference.

       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 'overflow', large words will be left intact.

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

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

       David Muir Sharnoff <muir@idiom.com> with help from Tim Pierce and many many others.

perl v5.8.0				    2002-06-01				  Text::Wrap(3pm)

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