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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
POD (Plain Ole Documentation) - how to check it

The podchecker program (supplied as part of the most recent distributions) will take a Perl / POD source file and check the POD syntax for you:

$ podchecker pod1
pod1 pod syntax OK.
$ podchecker re-ask
re-ask does not contain any pod commands.
$ podchecker pod2
WARNING: =item type mismatch ('bullet' vs. 'definition') at line 23 in file pod2
pod2 pod syntax OK.

Podchecker will check multiple files at the same time, and has a -nowarnings option if you only want errors to be flagged.


Pod translators usually will require paragraphs to be separated by completely empty lines. If you have an apparently empty line with some spaces on it, this can cause odd formatting.

Translators will mostly add wording around a L<> link, so that L<foo(1)> becomes "the foo(1) manpage", for example (see pod2man for details). Thus, you shouldn't write things like the L<foo> manpage, if you want the translated document to read sensibly

See also POD training notes and further examples

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