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Manual Reference Pages  -  TK::POD_USAGE (3)

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Tk::Pod_usage - How to use the perl/Tk Pod browser widget



To navigate through the documentation one could use


A <B>clickB> on a hyperlink display the corresponding Pod documentation (if there is any) in the same window. An URL will be displayed in a web browser. A man page will be displayed in a man viewer (if one is available).

With <Button-2> the documentation is loaded into a new window (<Shift-Button-1> works also for those with only a 2 button mouse).


A <B>double clickB> tries to load the documentation for the selected word in the same window.

If the Shift key is simultaneously pressed a new browser window is opened.

    Key bindings

The Tk::Pod::Text widget is based on the Tk::More widget inheriting its key bindings.


Pressing <Key-/> lets you search in the displayed documentation.

    Section Menu

The Section Menu

The ’Section’ menu allows one to directly jump to the start of a section in the documentation.

    Action Menu

If you press the right mouse button you get a popup menu that allows:
o Back in history of displayed documentation
o Forward in history of displayed documentation
o Reload the documentation
o Edit Pod Start editor with source of the displayed document.

The used editor is selected by the first definition of the environment variables TKPODEDITOR, XEDITOR, VISUAL, EDITOR or as default /usr/bin/vi. If no terminal is available (or on Windows platforms), the ptked editor (bundled with Perl/Tk) will be used instead.

See also the menu entries ’File’ -> ’Edit’ and ’File’ -> ’Edit with ptked’.

o Search fulltext Full text search of the Pod in the perl library directories. (Note: to use it one has to install the perlindex distribution and build an index for the perl documentation, see Text::English)
The remaining menu entries are the same as in normal Text widgets.

    Tree view

You can toggle the tree view of all installed modules on or off with the ’View’ -> ’Pod Tree’ menu entry. The tree view is organized in three sections: Perl language (general documentation about Perl), Pragmata, and Modules. The labels in the tree are colored, where green means standard module which comes with the Perl core distribution, red means locally installed module, probably from CPAN, and grey means no module available, look at the subtree.

The tree data is cached in a temporary directory on a per-perl-version and per-user basis. A reload can be forced with the <B>ReloadB> entry in the action menu of the tree view. With the <B>SearchB> entry a search in the tree can be performed. The <B>Show modules at CPANB> entry is highly experimental - you can download, extract and look at the documentation of all CPAN modules.


tkpod, perlpod, pod2man, pod2text, pod2html, Tk::Pod, Tk::Pod::Text, Tk::Pod::Tree, Tk::More, Text::English.


pod, browser, tk, hypertext


Achim Bohnet <>

Current maintainer is Slaven Rezic <>

Copyright (c) 1997-1998 Achim Bohnet. All rights reserved. This documentation is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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