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       Pod::SAX - a SAX parser for Pod


         my $h = XML::SAX::Writer->new();
         my $p = Pod::SAX->new( Handler => $h );


       Very simply, this module parses POD (or perl) files and turns the Plain Old Documentation
       into SAX events (which often you'll use to turn into XML, but there are other uses as

       The aim of this module is not round-tripping, so some things may be lost in the
       conversion. The aim is to be as standards compliant as possible, while giving you very
       simple access to the data.

       The main motivation for this module though was simple standards compliance - all the Pod
       parsers out there seem to have their own unique way of doing things, and so my aim was to
       unify that and allow the flexibility that SAX gives me at the same time.

       For an introduction to SAX, please read XML::SAX::Intro.

       One very important point to note is that just because this is a SAX module it doesn't
       mandate that the results are XML. You could just as easily use this module to extract all
       filenames from a POD file, or extract custom =for/=begin sections. And because it uses
       standardised interfaces this is a lot simpler than working with any other POD parser out
       there, and the knowledge is transferrable.


       To construct a parser simply call new(). It is customary to pass in the handler object
       that will receive the SAX events at this time, though you do not have to:

         my $parser = Pod::SAX->new(Handler => $h);

       You can re-use this parser object multiple times. It's possible to change the handler at a
       later date using "$parser-"set_handler()>. This and many other API calls are documented in
       XML::SAX::Base, which this module inherits from.

       This method is an auto-detecting parser - it will try and figure out what you passed to it
       (a string, a file handle or a filename) and parse the data using the appropriate

   parse_file(), parse_string(), parse_uri(), parse_fh()
       These are simply the non-detecting methods that parse() uses internally.  Use these if you
       are paranoid about what you're parsing, and don't want the overhead of SAX trying to

XML Format

       The XML format is intended to be simple and map fairly closely to the source POD. The
       documentation here shows the POD marker and the tag that it maps to.

   =pod (or any other way to begin the document)
         <!-- Pod::SAX v0.14, using POD::Parser v1.13 -->

       The comment is automatically generated so that you can see what version of Pod::SAX was
       used in parsing this document. The closing "</pod>" tag is generated when the end of the
       POD is reached.

   =head1 and =headN
         <head1>Text here</head1>

       All head levels are supported.

       Plain paragraphs are represented with:


       Verbatim sections (i.e. when you indent the text) are represented with:


       Pod::SAX automatically detects whether a list is itemized or ordered (i.e.  whether it
       should have bullet points or numbers), and so =over/=back are represented by:

         <itemizedlist>  </itemizedlist>


         <orderedlist>   </orderedlist>

       respectively. The indent value (as in "=over 4") is saved in the "indent_width" attribute,
       although for most purposes this can be ignored.

       For both bulleted and numbered lists, the =item tag always maps to:


       If a paragraph follows an =item tag (and occurs before any =back) then the paragraph is
       included immediately after the tag, so for example:

         =item foo

         Some text about foo

       Maps to:

           <para>Some text about foo</para>

   =begin foo
       And "=for foo" (the two are semantically equivalent in Pod)

         <markup type="foo" ordinary_paragraph="0">text here</markup>

       If the markup section is meant for ordinary processing (see the perlpodspec section on
       "About Data Paragraphs and "=begin/=end" Regions"), which means the type name begins with
       a colon as in:

         =begin :biblio

       Then the markup produced indicates that using:

         <markup type="biblio" ordinary_paragraph="1"/>

       And the parser will expand all interior Pod commands as it should.

       Note: There is no special treatment of =begin html or =begin XML or any variant thereof.
       The contents of those markers will simply be treated as text, and it is up to the user of
       this module to parse that data as XML if they wish to do so.

   Sequences or Formatting Codes
       Sequences in POD consist of the following:

         L<> - Links
         E<> - Entities
         I<> - Italics
         B<> - Bold
         C<> - Code
         F<> - Filename
         S<> - Non breaking space
         X<> - Index marker
         Z<> - Null

       Most sequences are simply converted to tags of the same name, case preserved:

         <B>This is bold text</B> and also <I>some in italics</I>.

       Special treatment is given to the L<> E<> and S<> tags only.


       Links in Pod are... funky.

       Parsing links is really hard, so don't expect that I've got this right.  Basically though
       you've got this mapping:

          => <link type="pod" page="foo" section="bar">foo</link>

         L<Some Foo|foo>
          => <link type="pod" page="foo" section="">Some Foo</link>

          => <link type="man" page="select(3)" section="">select(3)</link>

          => <xlink href=""></xlink>

       And many variations thereof! Basically it should do the right thing


       In POD an E<> marker defines an entity. In pod these are single characters only, and take
       either a text form, in which case they map to the standard HTML entities (e.g. ouml,
       Agrave etc), or a decimal number in which case they map to the unicode character at that
       code point.

       In Pod::SAX entities are always converted to unicode and never generate any tags or
       markers in the data stream so it will be as though the entity was never there.

       Non-Breaking Space

       Non breaking space is simply achieved by changing all space within the S<> section into
       the unicode codepoint 160 - the non-breaking space character. Normally this is enough to
       do the right thing, but if you need to you can detect this with a regexp.


       Matt Sergeant, Copyright Ltd 2002


       There may be bugs in the unicode handling on perl 5.8, because it's just really hard to
       get things right on 5.8 when dealing with unicode. :-)


       This is free software. You may use it and redistribute it under the same terms as Perl