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Perl Language Reference Manual
by Larry Wall and others
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17.1 Text Fields

The length of the field is supplied by padding out the field with multiple "<", ">", or "|" characters to specify a non-numeric field with, respectively, left justification, right justification, or centering. For a regular field, the value (up to the first newline) is taken and printed according to the selected justification, truncating excess characters. If you terminate a text field with "...", three dots will be shown if the value is truncated. A special text field may be used to do rudimentary multi-line text block filling; see 17.6 for details.

Example:
   format STDOUT =
   @<<<<<<   @||||||   @>>>>>>
   "left",   "middle", "right"
   .
Output:
   left      middle    right
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