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Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::ProhibitLinkToSelf

NAME

Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::ProhibitLinkToSelf − don’t L<> link to own POD

DESCRIPTION

This policy is part of the "Perl::Critic::Pulp" addon. It asks you not to use "L<>" markup to refer to a POD document itself.

    =head1 NAME
    My::Package − something
    =head1 DESCRIPTION
    L<My::Package> does blah blah ...     # bad
    =head1 SEE ALSO
    L<My::Package>                        # bad

The idea is that it doesn’t make sense to link to a document from within itself. If rendered as a clickable link then it may suggest there’s somewhere else to go to read about the module, when in fact you’re already looking at it.

This is only a minor thing though, so this policy is under the "cosmetic" theme (see " POLICY THEMES " in Perl::Critic) and low priority.

In ordinary text the is plain "C<>" or similar for one’s own module name,

    C<My::Package> does something something ...   # ok

In a " SEE ALSO " a link to self in very likely a typo, or too much cut and paste, or at least pretty unnecessary since there’s no need to "see also" what you’ve just read.

If linking to a particular section within one’s own document then use "L<>" with just the section part. This will probably give better looking output from the formatters too,

    L<My::Package/SECTION>      # bad
    L</SECTION>                 # ok

For this policy the name of the POD is picked out of the "=head1 NAME " section, so doesn’t depend on the filename or directory where "perlcritic" is run. In the current code multiple names can be given in man-page style, but not certain yet if that’s a good idea.

    =head1 NAME
    My::Package −− blah
    My::Package::Parser −− and its parser
    =head1 DESCRIPTION

Of course it’s always possible an "L<>" like is right and it’s the " NAME " part which is wrong. A violation on the "L<>" will at least show there’s something fishy in the one or the other.

Disabling
If you don’t care about this then you can always disable "ProhibitLinkToSelf" from your .perlcriticrc file in the usual way (see " CONFIGURATION " in Perl::Critic),

    [−Documentation::ProhibitLinkToSelf]

Some people may like to more or less always put "L<>" on module names, including in the module’s own POD . For that you may want to disable this policy. Perhaps an option could allow link to self in ordinary link but still rate " SEE ALSO " as a typo or unnecessary.

SEE ALSO

Perl::Critic::Pulp, Perl::Critic

Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::RequirePackageMatchesPodName, Perl::Critic::Policy::Documentation::ProhibitAdjacentLinks

HOME PAGE

http://user42.tuxfamily.org/perl−critic−pulp/index.html

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2011, 2012 Kevin Ryde

Perl-Critic-Pulp is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option) any later version.

Perl-Critic-Pulp is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY ; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE . See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Perl-Critic-Pulp. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

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