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13.4 – Table-Access Metamethods

The metamethods for arithmetic and relational operators all define behavior for otherwise erroneous situations. They do not change the normal behavior of the language. But Lua also offers a way to change the behavior of tables for two normal situations, the query and modification of absent fields in a table.