require 5;
package Pod::Simple::Methody;
use strict;
use Pod::Simple ();
use vars qw(@ISA $VERSION);
$VERSION = '3.43';
@ISA = ('Pod::Simple');

# Yes, we could use named variables, but I want this to be impose
# as little an additional performance hit as possible.

sub _handle_element_start {
  $_[1] =~ tr/-:./__/;
  ( $_[0]->can( 'start_' . $_[1] )
    || return
    $_[0], $_[2]

sub _handle_text {
  ( $_[0]->can( 'handle_text' )
    || return

sub _handle_element_end {
  $_[1] =~ tr/-:./__/;
  ( $_[0]->can( 'end_' . $_[1] )
    || return
    $_[0], $_[2]



=head1 NAME

Pod::Simple::Methody -- 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 L<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

  $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, "" becomes start_foo_bar_baz
and end_foo_bar_baz.

See the source for Pod::Simple::Text for an example of using this class.

=head1 SEE ALSO

L<Pod::Simple>, L<Pod::Simple::Subclassing>

=head1 SUPPORT

Questions or discussion about POD and Pod::Simple should be sent to the mail list. Send an empty email to to subscribe.

This module is managed in an open GitHub repository,
L<>. Feel free to fork and contribute, or
to clone L<git://> and send patches!

Patches against Pod::Simple are welcome. Please send bug reports to


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.

=head1 AUTHOR

Pod::Simple was created by Sean M. Burke <>.
But don't bother him, he's retired.

Pod::Simple is maintained by:


=item * Allison Randal C<>

=item * Hans Dieter Pearcey C<>

=item * David E. Wheeler C<>