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(pod, occasionally "POD") A simple markup language used to embed documentation, literate programming-style, in Perl programs. Pod readers and converters are part of the standard Perl distribution and the documentation provided with Perl is all in pod format.

The Pod Specification.
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The perl reference sends a user to a perldoc utility without even explaining how to use it and neglects to inform the user about a plethora of man pages describing perl functions and modules that are automatically installed with perl.