No obscure %$!@*% variables was one of our main design goals in PHP, only $ 
for denoting variables.  This one is here to stay :)

At 14:58 25/07/2001, PHP wrote:
>On Tue, Jul 24, 2001 at 08:27:21PM -0700, Zeev Suraski wrote:
> > Setting register_globals to off (which is highly recommended) would 
> prevent
> > PHP from defining form variables as global variables.  For quite a while,
> > since the PHP 3.0 times, PHP provided an alternative way of accessing
> > variables - using special designated arrays - $HTTP_POST_VARS,
> > $HTTP_GET_VARS, and so forth.  As of PHP 4.0.3 (IIRC), these variables are
> > always defined, and are protected (to a degree) by PHP.  Setting
> > register_globals to off effectively prevents any outer access to your
> > namespace, outside $HTTP_*_VARS[].
> >
> > Zeev
>But also remove one of the single most convenient features of php.
>Having two namespaces... $var and %var for instance would keep that
>very very convenient features and also solve the problem.
>         Orion

Zeev Suraski <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
CTO &  co-founder, Zend Technologies Ltd.

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