New to “Working with Pod”

There’s not much to update in the Pod chapter; the Pod specification hasn’t changed that much since I first wrote the book.

I did add a short section on the =encoding header and using non-ASCII characters directly instead of using interior sequences.

I updated the Pod::Perldoc::ToToc example, which had a couple of weird errors from a short period when I liked using shift to process argument lists. I’d make mistakes that strict would catch:

sub foo {
    my( $self ) = shift;

    do_something( $second_argument );

However, I was taking strict lines out to save a little space on the page. Going back and forth a few times introduced some newbie errors.

With v5.12 automatically turning on strict when you require that version, I won’t have that extra line problem.

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