> First, did the original poster realize that he was assigning a value to the
> variable $a in the 'if' statement?


Yes, I did, and if you read my responses you can see that I came to
the realisations you describe.  I don't think that anyone suggested
there was a bug.

> $a is true (ie it is not set to a 'false' value,
> whatever PHP uses for false) and $b is "bar" because that is what it is set
> to.  Since the evaluation is within a bracket, the interior values ($a, $b)
> are set BEFORE the if condition is evaluated.

Regarding this I'm a bit confused.  In the case of an OR operator, $b
is not "bar" because it follows the "true" path as you said earlier.
Probably just a glitch in the English language.  I'll file a bug for


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