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Before I get into the gist of my question, I'd like to direct your attention to Math::Fractal::Noisemaker, in particular the NOISE TYPES section. If you are viewing this in HTML, you will see nice graphics demonstrating the different types of fractal noise.

This was a nice idea that I immediately wanted to steal, so I looked at the author's POD code, and found that between "=begin HTML" and "=end HTML" sections he put an img tag pointing to jpeg on a github server.

Irrationally, I found this to be a little disappointing. To my mind, it would seem more elegant to have a CPAN document refer back to CPAN instead of a separate site. Thinking it over, I wondered if it made sense. Could a POD parser refer back to the module it was documenting? If I put an "images" directory in my package, could I have an HTML tag referring back to a directory that doesn't exist until PAUSE creates it?

I expect the answer is "no" (or even "hell no"), but I thought I'd run the idea by the perlmonk community. Stupid idea? Nice idea that's too tricky to get implemented? Or... possible to do?

In reply to POD to CPAN to POD? by jgamble

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