Pod::Simple::SimpleTree -- parse Pod into a simple parse tree


Pod::Simple::SimpleTree -- parse Pod into a simple parse tree


  % cat ptest.pod
  =head1 PIE
  I like B<pie>!
  % perl -MPod::Simple::SimpleTree -MData::Dumper -e \
     "print Dumper(Pod::Simple::SimpleTree->new->parse_file(shift)->root)" \
  $VAR1 = [
            { 'start_line' => 1 },
              { 'start_line' => 1 },
              { 'start_line' => 3 },
              'I like ',


This class is of interest to people writing a Pod processor/formatter.

This class takes Pod and parses it, returning a parse tree made just of arrayrefs, and hashrefs, and strings.

This is a subclass of the Pod::Simple manpage and inherits all its methods.

This class is inspired by XML::Parser's ``Tree'' parsing-style, although it doesn't use exactly the same LoL format.


At the end of the parse, call $parser->root to get the tree's top node.

Tree Contents

Every element node in the parse tree is represented by an arrayref of the form: [ elementname, \%attributes, ...subnodes... ]. See the example tree dump in the Synopsis, above.

Every text node in the tree is represented by a simple (non-ref) string scalar. So you can test ref($node) to see whather you have an element node or just a text node.

The top node in the tree is [ 'Document', \%attributes, I<...subnodes...> ]


the Pod::Simple manpage

the perllol manpage

The ``Tree'' subsubsection in XML::Parser


Copyright (c) 2002 Sean M. Burke. All rights reserved.

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.


Sean M. Burke sburke@cpan.org

 Pod::Simple::SimpleTree -- parse Pod into a simple parse tree