Wow. ++ just for figuring all that out.
Personally, I'd worry that depending on parsers to handle the feigned cut is a bit risky.
But, I like the principle of not repeating the version number -- I always used to forget to update the Pod as well as the code. That's why I hacked some simple variable substitution into Pod::WikiDoc:
Pod::WikiDoc - Generate Pod from inline wiki style text
This documentation refers to version %%VERSION%%.
I use a custom Build.PL to automatically fill that in when the Pod is pre-processed. (See Pod::WikiDoc::Cookbook).
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