According to perldoc perlpod:
Or you can link to a web page:
Links to an absolute URL. For example,
"L<http://www.perl.org/>" or "L<The Perl Home
I have a file (quirk.pod) containing
=head1 Ugly Link Rendering
This is an ftp link
L<This is not|http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/tiger/TIGER2010/>.
podchecker has no problem with it. The output of perldoc includes
Ugly Link Rendering
This is an ftp link <ftp://ftp2.census.gov/geo/tiger/TIGER2010>
is not <http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/tiger/TIGER2010/>.
The vestigial <'s and >'s are ugly and confusing. They make it appear that you omitted a pod formatting code. If I run
/honk/perl5.14.1/bin/pod2html quirk.pod > quirk.html
/honk/perl5.14.1/bin/pod2html: quirk.pod: cannot resolve L<This is not
+|http://ftp2.census.gov/geo/tiger/TIGER2010/> in paragraph 3.
and quirk.html contains (among other stuff)
<h1><a name="ugly_link_rendering">Ugly Link Rendering</a></h1>
<p>This is an ftp link
<em>This is not</em>.</p>
This is beyond ugly. The second hyperlink has disappeared altogether.
It's hard for me to believe that this is a bug that has managed to go unnoticed (I see it in 5.8.1, 5.12.1 and 5.14.1). So I must have done something wrong in creating the pod. But not wrong enough for podchecker to notice. And it sure looks to me like I'm doing what perlpod told me to do. Any insights?