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       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

       I have another problem with /usr/lib/perl5/Tk/MainWindow.pod (and some
       other pages, see below) which contains:

         CE<lt>" #n"E<gt>

       Lack of luck, in the po4a version, this was splited on the space by the
       wrapping. As result, in the original version, the man contain

        " #n"

       and mine contain

        "" #n""

       which is logic since "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


       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 parse_from_file().

       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

           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 quoted; 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 true.

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


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


        Denis Barbier <>
        Martin Quinson (


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