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Locale::Po4a::RubyDoc -- Convert Ruby Document data from/to PO files


The po4a (PO for anything) project goal is to ease translations (and more interestingly, the maintenance of translations) using gettext tools on areas where they were not expected like documentation.

Locale::Po4a::RubyDoc is a module to help the translation of documentation in the Ruby Document (RD) format (a language used to document Ruby) into other [human] languages.


This module has been successfully tested on simple Ruby Document files covering a good part of the format syntax.

A known limitation is that it fails to properly recognize the stacked structure of input Ruby Document: this implies that when, for instance, an EnumListItem consists of more than one Block, only the first Block is actually recognized as EnumListItem, while the subsequent ones are considered just as TextBlocks...


This module supports the following option:
Handle files entirely made of Ruby Document formatted text (without any "=begin" line).

By default, this module only handles Ruby Document formatted text between "=begin" and "=end" lines (hence ignoring, among other things, everything that precedes the first "=begin" line).




Francesco Poli <>


 Copyright © 2016-2017 Francesco Poli <>

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Parts of the code (such as many regular expressions) were adapted from the source of rdtool, under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later. These parts are originally:

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The initialize code was adapted from the source of Locale::Po4a::Text, under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later. This code was originally:

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