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Text::Abbreviate - Perl extension for text abbreviations and ambiguities


  use Text::Abbreviate;
  my @cmds = qw( help load list quit query save stop );
  my $abbr = Text::Abbreviate->new(\%OPTS, @cmds);
  while (my $c = <STDIN>) {
    chomp $c;
    my @full = $abbr->expand($c);
    if (@full == 0) {
      print "Command '$c' could not be found.\n";
    elsif (@full > 1) {
      print "Command '$c' ambiguous; choose from [@full]\n";
    else {
      print "Command $full[0] selected.\n";


Text::Abbreviate takes a list of words (most commonly, commands for a user interface) and provides a means for you to expand an abbreviation of one of them into the full word. In the case that such an expansion is ambiguous ('qu' in the code above is ambiguous, because it could expand to 'quit' or 'query'), all expansions are returned.

Case Folding

You can turn case folding on and off with the folding() method; you can also set it during the creation of the object, by passing a hash reference as the first argument:

  my $abbr = Text::Abbreviate->new({fold => 1}, @words);

Case folding (that is, case insensitivity) is off by default ({fold = 0}>). To change the setting later on, use the folding() method:

  $abbr->folding(1);        # make case insensitive
  $abbr->folding(0);        # make case sensitive
  $state = $abbr->folding;  # get state (true/false)

Unambiguous Abbreviations

You can retrieve a hash of the unambiguous abbreviations of each word with the unambiguous() method:

  my %abbrevs = $abbr->unambiguous;     # hash
  my $abbrev_ref = $abbr->unambiguous;  # hash ref

The keys are the full words themselves, and the values are array references holding the abbreviations in order of length (smallest first). Thus, for any word $w, the shortest unambiguous abbreviation for it is $abbrevs{$w}[0]. CAVEAT: each word is included in the value set, even if the entirety of the word is still ambiguous. Specifically, if the words "here" and "heresy" are both in the word list, unambiguous() will return a hash that includes these key-value pairs:

  here => ['here'],
  heresy => ['heres', 'heresy'],

This is almost a replication of Text::Abbrev except that the hash is inverted. (The caveat is replicated as well!)


Text::Abbrev in the Perl core.


Jeff Pinyan, <>


Copyright (C) 2006 by Jeff japhy Pinyan

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.6.0 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.

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