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5.2.3 Multidimensional Arrays in Binary Tables

  The original binary table proposal, the A3DTABLE extension, introduced the concept of a table entry or field of more than one element, a vector. It provided this structure through the use of a repeat count. However, since an array of more than one dimension can be reduced to a one-dimensional vector, as occurs when arrays are stored in a computer, the repeat count can be used to define multidimensional arrays as well. To do so, conventions are needed to specify how such an array is organized in the table field.