This function is used to convert an object record into a PHP array, making it somewhat more convenient to deal with the data. If there are multiple attributes with the same name, only the last is used unless you specify otherwise in the format array.
The format array tells hw_objrec2array() how you want to deal with multiple attributes having the same name. The array is associative. Each key must be the name of an attribute, and the value can be one of HW_ATTR_NONE or HW_ATTR_LANG. If the value is HW_ATTR_LANG, an associative array with the language portion of the attribute value as the keys is formed. If the attribute in question has no language specifier (the colon-separated en:, for instance), xx is used as the key, and only the last of the attributes is used. If the value is HW_ATTR_NONE, all of the duplicate attributes are listed in an indexed array.
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