Using Bit fields

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  Getting back to my query, i want to  create a mask for a p'cular color in an image  , now i create this mask by creating a char array of the iamge size and using it for storing 1s for the corresponding color and 0s otherwise. This is not a problem , the problem is that just to store 1 bit data i m using 8bits(byte of a char) , i was suggested to use bit fields but then i cannot create an array of bitfield structure and since the image size varies i cannot predefine it. Please help

Anisha.
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ct.smithConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I suggest the STL container bitset.

SGI's reference has a good technical description:
http://www.sgi.com/tech/stl/bitset.html

Most (recent) C++ books should have good code examples of how to use the container.
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pjknibbsCommented:
If you want to do it the old-fashioned way you can just allocate your array at one-eighth the size you have it and use shift operations to read and set data--it would be quite easy to write functions to do this for you.

e.g. to set bit 370 in an array: array[370>>3] |= (1 << (370 & 7));
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AnishaAuthor Commented:
pjknibbs,
 thanks for the sugestion but i have kept that as an alternative, but i would  really wait and see if someone can help me with bitfields , life will be easier then.

Anisha.
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AxterCommented:
I agree with ct.smith.  You should use the bitset container.
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