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Pod::Text::Termcap - Convert POD data to ASCII text with format escapes


use Pod::Text::Termcap;
my $parser = Pod::Text::Termcap->new (sentence => 0, width => 78);

# Read POD from STDIN and write to STDOUT.

# Read POD from file.pod and write to file.txt.
$parser->parse_from_file ('file.pod', 'file.txt');


Pod::Text::Termcap is a simple subclass of Pod::Text that highlights output text using the correct termcap escape sequences for the current terminal. Apart from the format codes, it in all ways functions like Pod::Text. See Pod::Text for details and available options.

This module uses Term::Cap to find the correct terminal settings. See the documentation of that module for how it finds terminal database information and how to override that behavior if necessary. If unable to find control strings for bold and underscore formatting, that formatting is skipped, resulting in the same output as Pod::Text.


Russ Allbery <>


Copyright 1999, 2001-2002, 2004, 2006, 2008-2009, 2014-2015, 2018-2019 Russ Allbery <>

This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Pod::Text, Pod::Simple, Term::Cap

The current version of this module is always available from its web site at It is also part of the Perl core distribution as of 5.6.0.