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       Text::Bidi::Array - Base class for dual life arrays


       version 2.15


           use Text::Bidi::Array::Byte;
           my $a = new Text::Bidi::Array::Byte "abc";
           say $a->[1]; # says 98
           say $$a; # says abc
           say "$a"; # also says abc


       This is an abstract base class for objects that function as ``dual-life'' arrays: When
       viewed as an array reference, it functions as a usual array of numbers. When used as a
       scalar reference, it returns the same array as a packed string. The packing specification
       depends on the sub-class. These classes are used in Text::Bidi to conveniently pass arrays
       to the underlying fribidi library, but could be of independent interest.


       An object of this type can be dereferenced either as a scalar or as an array.  In the
       first case, it returns the packed (string) representation of the array. In the second, it
       returns the unpacked array of numbers.

       The packed representation is also returned when the object is used as a string.


           $a = new Text::Bidi::Array::<Type> $data

       Create a new array of the given Type, and initialise it with $data.  $data can be either a
       string, which the new object then view as an array of the given type, or an array
       reference (more precisely, anything that can be dereferenced as an array), which is then
       packed according to the rules of Type. If no $data is given, it defaults to 0.


       Text::Bidi::Array::Byte, Text::Bidi::Array::Long


       The rest of this documentation is for writing specific derived classes. The object is
       represented internally as a hashref. To implement a particular instance, the following
       methods should be implemented.  Each of these should manipulate the field "data", which is
       the string that stores the actual value. Unimplemented methods will lead to croaking. See
       Text::Bidi::Array::Byte and Text::Bidi::Array::Long for examples.

           Convert (pack) an array of numbers into a string according to the format of the
           current class (this will probably be a class method). Returns the string.

       The following methods should behave as described in Tie::Array.

       $self->STORE($index, $value)
           Store the $value in the part of "$self->{'data'}" corresponding to $index.

           Fetch the value at $index from the correct part of "$self->{'data'}".

           Modify "$self->{'data'}" to represent an array of size $count.

           Return the size of the array represented by "$self->{'data'}".


       Moshe Kamensky <>


       This software is copyright (c) 2015 by Moshe Kamensky.

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