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Tom Molesworth via perl5-porters
November 16, 2021 03:16
Re: Pre-RFC: tables in Pod
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On Tue, 16 Nov 2021 at 10:58, Tomasz Konojacki <> wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:51:53 +0800
> Tom Molesworth via perl5-porters <> wrote:
> > A paragraph-based table definition would be tedious to write and hard to
> > visualise, but would be more in the spirit of the existing POD
> definition.
> I imagine using command paragraphs inside tables will be forbidden, only
> formatting codes will be allowed. I think it's the sanest way out.

Sure - that makes the job slightly harder for the toolchain: instead of a
generic POD parser for each rectangular block, you need a subset. Losing
=item support is a minor annoyance, not having access to =for/=begin is
limiting but liveable, nested tables have their place but "one table" is
better than "no tables at all".

Again, not a negative vote - just an expectation of challenges and
impedance mismatch if we try to embed a visual table layout into a world of
70-character lines, paragraph formatting, and verbose syntax.

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