Pod::Simple::Methody(3) 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.


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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 <[email protected]>.


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 <[email protected]>. But don't bother him, he's retired.

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