I recently wondered how the "old" came into the "Plain Old Documentation" of Perl's documentation format "POD". Was it named like this from the beginning? If so, why was it considered old back then?
What I figured out so far:
POD seems to have been introduced during the 5.00x times as the oldest Perl 5.x tar ball I could find was perl5.004.tar.gz and it contained at least one POD file from October 1996.
In the same directory there are also hashsum files for Perl 5.003, but the tar ball itself is missing.
The Perl 4.036 tar ball didn't have any POD, at least there was no file ending in
egrep -r '^='yielded nothing POD-like. The tar ball as a last-modified time stamp from February 1994.
According to perldoc perlhist, 5.000alpha1 was released on 1993-Jul-31 and 5.000 is from 1994-Oct-17.
I currently assume that POD wasn't invented after 5.000, so I think the term "Plain Old Documentation" must have been coined around 1993/1994.
One colleague suggested that the "old" refers to POD being a plain text format in comparison to all the binary formats common for word processing back then (Works, Word, Rich Text Format, etc.).
Anyone knows more details or can confirm some of the suspicions I mentioned?