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Russ Allbery
October 19, 1999 14:57
Re: Bug fix for perl5.00562
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M J T Guy <> writes:
> Gurusamy Sarathy <> wrote

>> They do make a difference when you have verbatim text that contains a
>> line with nothing but whitespace.  They make the entire thing one block
>> of verbatim text rather than two.

> That's a tad subtle for me.  Sure, internally they'll be handled
> differently.  But since it's *verbatim*, what comes out of the
> processing should be identical.  Except for the trailing spaces on the
> blank line, of course.  But who notices them?  :-)

Well, not necessarily.  If it's all one verbatim paragraph, you're
guaranteed that that line with nothing but whitespace will come out the
other end as a single line.  If it's two verbatim paragraphs, the
paragraph separation is left up to the translator and the translator is
free under the semantics of POD to turn it into a horizontal bar of smiley

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