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       Pod::Simple::SimpleTree -- parse Pod into a simple parse tree


         % cat ptest.pod

         =head1 PIE

         I like B<pie>!

         % perl -MPod::Simple::SimpleTree -MData::Dumper -e \
            "print Dumper(Pod::Simple::SimpleTree->new->parse_file(shift)->root)" \

         $VAR1 = [
                   { 'start_line' => 1 },
                     { 'start_line' => 1 },
                     { 'start_line' => 3 },
                     'I like ',


       This class is of interest to people writing a Pod processor/formatter.

       This class takes Pod and parses it, returning a parse tree made just of
       arrayrefs, and hashrefs, and strings.

       This is a subclass of Pod::Simple and inherits all its methods.

       This class is inspired by XML::Parser's "Tree" parsing-style, although
       it doesn't use exactly the same LoL format.


       At the end of the parse, call "$parser->root" to get the tree's top

Tree Contents

       Every element node in the parse tree is represented by an arrayref of
       the form: "[ elementname, \%attributes, ...subnodes... ]".  See the
       example tree dump in the Synopsis, above.

       Every text node in the tree is represented by a simple (non-ref) string
       scalar.  So you can test "ref($node)" to see whether you have an
       element node or just a text node.

       The top node in the tree is "[ 'Document', \%attributes, ...subnodes...




       The "Tree" subsubsection in XML::Parser(3)


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       This module is managed in an open GitHub repository,
       <>. Feel free to fork and
       contribute, or to clone <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.


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

       Pod::Simple is maintained by:

       o   Allison Randal ""

       o   Hans Dieter Pearcey ""

       o   David E. Wheeler ""

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