[Bioperl-l] A lot of POD fixes in bioperl-live and bioperl run

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Tue Jun 10 23:00:04 EDT 2008


Thanks for the work on this Heikki!

chris

On Jun 10, 2008, at 6:22 PM, Heikki Lehvaslaiho wrote:

> I have recently done a lot fixes in the inline Plain Old Documenation
> (POD) texts in bioperl-live and bioperl-run. Last ones (hopefully)  
> were
> committed a few minutes ago. This has resulted quite large updates  
> from SVN.
>
> I wanted to apologize the inconvenience and to explain reasons for  
> these small
> and pedantic fixes.
>
> In contrast to perl, POD is sensitive to white space. This makes it  
> relatively
> difficult to find and fix all minor errors in POD. I've now gone  
> through the
> trouble of fixing all POD mistakes causing even the smallest warning  
> in the
> podchecker.
>
> The main reason for doing this was to reduce the the number of  
> warnings
> reported by the pod.pl bioperl maintenence tool. Too many minor  
> warnings make
> it difficult to recognise more serious errors affecting the  
> integrity and
> readability of POD documentation.
>
> One example case is when a paragraph that was supposed to be 'in
> verbatim', is in fact touching the previous paragraph and the pod
> engine formats it and destroys the intended ascii graph or table.
> The only way POD engine is able to report this is to warn about  
> unescaped
> special characters.
>
>    -Heikki
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Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lab of Dr. Marie-Claude Hofmann
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign






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