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  • by ziggy (25) on 2002.05.03 8:21 (#7939) Journal
    To be fair, when // and //= were last proposed, they were in the form of ||| and |||=. Tom rejected them out-of-hand because they were unperlish, and Larry rejected them because they were too difficult to read and mistype.

    Now that Larry's re-blessed the idea as //, things are different, and that's mostly because of a simple respelling of ||| to make it more perlish.

    But Tom did drive a lot of people away from working on Pod for a long time. Unfortunately. He did have a point, and that point seems to have lived on: Pod is it's own format, and should be treated as such. Trying to re-invent LaTeX, HTML, XML, DocBook or anything else through Pod isn't going to work; nor is switching Perl's internal documentation format to anything but Pod (or something fundementally Pod-like) ever going to happen -- for good reason.