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Pod::ParseLink(3)      Perl Programmers	Reference Guide	     Pod::ParseLink(3)

       Pod::ParseLink -	Parse an L<> formatting	code in	POD text

	   use Pod::ParseLink;
	   my $link = get_link();
	   my ($text, $inferred, $name,	$section, $type) = parselink($link);

       This module only	provides a single function, parselink(), which takes
       the text	of an L<> formatting code and parses it.  It returns the
       anchor text for the link	(if any	was given), the	anchor text possibly
       inferred	from the name and section, the name or URL, the	section	if
       any, and	the type of link.  The type will be one	of "url", "pod", or
       "man", indicating a URL,	a link to a POD	page, or a link	to a Unix
       manual page.

       Parsing is implemented per perlpodspec.	For backward compatibility,
       links where there is no section and name	contains spaces, or links
       where the entirety of the link (except for the anchor text if given) is
       enclosed	in double-quotes are interpreted as links to a section

       The inferred anchor text	is implemented per perlpodspec:

	   L<name>	   =>  L<name|name>
	   L</section>	   =>  L<"section"|/section>
	   L<name/section> =>  L<"section" in name|name/section>

       The name	may contain embedded E<> and Z<> formatting codes, and the
       section,	anchor text, and inferred anchor text may contain any
       formatting codes.  Any double quotes around the section are removed as
       part of the parsing, as is any leading or trailing whitespace.

       If the text of the L<> escape is	entirely enclosed in double quotes,
       it's interpreted	as a link to a section for backward compatibility.

       No attempt is made to resolve formatting	codes.	This must be done
       after calling parselink() (since	E<> formatting codes can be used to
       escape characters that would otherwise be significant to	the parser and
       resolving them before parsing would result in an	incorrect parse	of a
       formatting code like:


       which should be interpreted as a	link to	the "vertical|bar/slash" POD
       page and	not as a link to the "slash" section of	the "bar" POD page
       with an anchor text of "vertical".  Note	that not only the anchor text
       will need to have formatting codes expanded, but	so will	the target of
       the link	(to deal with E<> and Z<> formatting codes), and special
       handling	of the section may be necessary	depending on whether the
       translator wants	to consider markup in sections to be significant when
       resolving links.	 See perlpodspec for more information.

       Russ Allbery <>

       Copyright 2001, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018-2019 Russ	Allbery	<>

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


       The current version of this module is always available from its web
       site at <>.

perl v5.32.0			  2020-06-14		     Pod::ParseLink(3)


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