I'd say the inline version is more likely to be maintained
because the "commute time" between the function and
the associated documentation is much shorter. If things
are on the same screen, even the lazy are inclined to
keep things in sync. If it's at some obscure location in
the file, things might drift apart.
in reply to Inline POD vs. EOF POD
BTW, here's a quick macro for 'vi' for skipping to the
POD documentation in a file:
You could make this into an alias, such as 'vipod'. When
it enters each file it runs the command to find the first
line that begins with '=pod'. If you don't always use
that tag, you can just search for the equals sign.