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Neil Bowers
June 16, 2022 22:03
Re: Pre-RFC: tables in Pod
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> Tables are one of the most frequently requested features for Pod

I’m curious: requested where? I couldn’t find much discussion / requests online for tables in pod. Doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. I just don’t remember it being asked for.

Would cell contents be auto wrapped, or would every cell be treated as nowrap? If so, how would wide tables be handled when looking a pod in a tty with perldoc? Would they just be rendered wide, and thus the individual lines would wrap?

If I wanted to include a table in pod, I’d probably format an ascii table either by hand, or using one of the modules on CPAN, and put it in a verbatim paragraph. With the format proposed, a lot of the time you’re almost
formatting the table anyway, so what’s the delta benefit of supporting a table capability over that?

Raku’s pod supports tables – how much is this capability used? I tried a quick search, but couldn’t find any documentation using tables (but I’m not familiar with the Raku ecosystem, so I could easily have missed a bunch).


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