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Test::Pod::Spelling::CommonMistakes - Checks POD for common spelling mistakes


  This document describes v1.000 of Test::Pod::Spelling::CommonMistakes - released February 21, 2011 as part of Test-Pod-Spelling-CommonMistakes.


        use strict; use warnings;

        use Test::More;

        eval "use Test::Pod::Spelling::CommonMistakes";
        if ( $@ ) {
                plan skip_all => 'Test::Pod::Spelling::CommonMistakes required for testing POD';
        } else {


This module checks your POD for common spelling errors. This differs from Test::Spelling because it doesn't use your system spellchecker and instead uses Pod::Spell::CommonMistakes for the heavy lifting. Using it is the same as any standard Test::* module, as seen here.


all_pod_files_ok( [ @files ] )

This function is what you will usually run. It automatically finds any POD in your distribution and runs checks on them.

Accepts an optional argument: an array of files to check. By default it checks all POD files it can find in the distribution. Every file it finds is passed to the pod_file_ok() function.

pod_file_ok( $file, [ $name ] )

pod_file_ok() will okay the test if there is spelling errors present in the POD. Furthermore, if the POD was malformed as reported by Pod::Simple, the test will fail and not attempt to check spelling.

When it fails, pod_file_ok() will show any misspelled words and their suggested spelling as diagnostics.

The optional second argument $name is the name of the test. If it is omitted, pod_file_ok() chooses a default test name "Spelling test for $file".


Automatically exports the two subs.


Please see those modules/websites for more information related to this module.



You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

  perldoc Test::Pod::Spelling::CommonMistakes


The following websites have more information about this module, and may be of help to you. As always, in addition to those websites please use your favorite search engine to discover more resources.


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Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests by email to bug-test-pod-spelling-commonmistakes at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Test-Pod-Spelling-CommonMistakes. You will be automatically notified of any progress on the request by the system.

Source Code

The code is open to the world, and available for you to hack on. Please feel free to browse it and play with it, or whatever. If you want to contribute patches, please send me a diff or prod me to pull from your repository :)


  git clone git://github.com/apocalypse/perl-test-pod-spelling-commonmistakes.git


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This software is copyright (c) 2011 by Apocalypse.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

The full text of the license can be found in the LICENSE file included with this distribution.