"Matthew Walker" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> I'm writing a coding standards document for our programmers,
> and I need to know if the 'echo' shortcut PHP tags are always
> on, or if we need to assume they might not be on.
> (By echo shortcut, I mean this syntax: <?=$variable?>)

Whether short-form tags are available or not is controlled
by the 'short_open_tag' setting in php.ini.

If your files will ever contain a mixture of XML and PHP,
it is best to stick to the long opening tag, as the <?
shortform cannot distinguish between <?php and <?xml

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