Pod::Simple::Methody(3perl) Perl Programmers Reference Guide Pod::Simple::Methody(3perl)

Pod::Simple::Methody -- turn Pod::Simple events into method calls

require 5;
use strict;
package SomePodFormatter;
use base qw(Pod::Simple::Methody);
sub handle_text {
  my($self, $text) = @_;
sub start_head1 {
  my($self, $attrs) = @_;
sub end_head1 {
  my($self) = @_;

...and start_/end_ methods for whatever other events you want to catch.

This class is of interest to people writing Pod formatters based on Pod::Simple.

This class (which is very small -- read the source) overrides Pod::Simple's _handle_element_start, _handle_text, and _handle_element_end methods so that parser events are turned into method calls. (Otherwise, this is a subclass of Pod::Simple and inherits all its methods.)

You can use this class as the base class for a Pod formatter/processor.

When Pod::Simple sees a "=head1 Hi there", for example, it basically does this:

$parser->_handle_element_start( "head1", \%attributes );
$parser->_handle_text( "Hi there" );
$parser->_handle_element_end( "head1" );

But if you subclass Pod::Simple::Methody, it will instead do this when it sees a "=head1 Hi there":

$parser->start_head1( \%attributes ) if $parser->can('start_head1');
$parser->handle_text( "Hi there" )   if $parser->can('handle_text');
$parser->end_head1()                 if $parser->can('end_head1');

If Pod::Simple sends an event where the element name has a dash, period, or colon, the corresponding method name will have a underscore in its place. For example, "foo.bar:baz" becomes start_foo_bar_baz and end_foo_bar_baz.

See the source for Pod::Simple::Text for an example of using this class.

Pod::Simple, Pod::Simple::Subclassing

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This module is managed in an open GitHub repository, https://github.com/perl-pod/pod-simple/. Feel free to fork and contribute, or to clone <git://github.com/perl-pod/pod-simple.git> and send patches!

Patches against Pod::Simple are welcome. Please send bug reports to <bug-pod-simple@rt.cpan.org>.

Copyright (c) 2002 Sean M. Burke.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Pod::Simple was created by Sean M. Burke <sburke@cpan.org>. But don't bother him, he's retired.

Pod::Simple is maintained by:

  • Allison Randal "allison@perl.org"
  • Hans Dieter Pearcey "hdp@cpan.org"
  • David E. Wheeler "dwheeler@cpan.org"
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