Provided by: po4a_0.47-2_all bug


       Locale::Po4a::Pod - convert POD data from/to PO files


           use Locale::Po4a::Pod;
           my $parser = Locale::Po4a::Pod->new (sentence => 0, width => 78);

           # Read POD from STDIN and write to STDOUT.

           # Read POD from file.pod and write to file.txt.
           $parser->parse_from_file ('file.pod', 'file.txt');


       Locale::Po4a::Pod is a module to help the translation of documentation in the POD format
       (the preferred language for documenting Perl) into other [human] languages.


       I think that this module is rock stable, and there is only one known bug with
       /usr/lib/perl5/Tk/MainWindow.pod (and some other pages, see below) which contains:

         C<" #n">

       Lack of luck, in the po4a version, this was split on the space by the wrapping. As result,
       in the original version, the man page contains

        " #n"

       and mine contains

        "" #n""

       which is logic since C<foobar> is rewritten "foobar".

       Complete list of pages having this problem on my box (from 564 pages; note that it depends
       on the chosen wrapping column): /usr/lib/perl5/Tk/MainWindow.pod
       /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/overload.pod /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/pod/perlapi.pod
       /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/pod/perldelta.pod /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/pod/perlfaq5.pod
       /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/pod/perlpod.pod /usr/share/perl/5.8.0/pod/perlre.pod


       As a derived class from Pod::Parser, Locale::Po4a::Pod supports the same methods and
       interfaces.  See Pod::Parser for all the details; briefly, one creates a new parser with
       "Locale::Po4a::Pod->new()" and then calls either parse_from_filehandle() or

       new() can take options, in the form of key/value pairs, that control the behavior of the
       parser.  The recognized options common to all Pod::Parser children are:

       alt If set to a true value, selects an alternate output format that, among other things,
           uses a different heading style and marks =item entries with a colon in the left
           margin.  Defaults to false.

           If set to a true value, the non-POD parts of the input file will be included in the
           output.  Useful for viewing code documented with POD blocks with the POD rendered and
           the code left intact.

           The number of spaces to indent regular text, and the default indentation for =over
           blocks.  Defaults to 4.

           If set to a true value, a blank line is printed after a =head1 heading.  If set to
           false (the default), no blank line is printed after =head1, although one is still
           printed after =head2.  This is the default because it's the expected formatting for
           manual pages; if you're formatting arbitrary text documents, setting this to true may
           result in more pleasing output.

           Sets the quote marks used to surround C<> text.  If the value is a single character,
           it is used as both the left and right quote; if it is two characters, the first
           character is used as the left quote and the second as the right quote; and if it is
           four characters, the first two are used as the left quote and the second two as the
           right quote.

           This may also be set to the special value none, in which case no quote marks are added
           around C<> text.

           If set to a true value, Locale::Po4a::Pod will assume that each sentence ends in two
           spaces, and will try to preserve that spacing.  If set to false, all consecutive
           whitespace in non-verbatim paragraphs is compressed into a single space.  Defaults to

           The column at which to wrap text on the right-hand side.  Defaults to 76.


       Pod::Parser, Locale::Po4a::Man(3pm), Locale::Po4a::TransTractor(3pm), po4a(7)


        Denis Barbier <>
        Martin Quinson (


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