I understand what you're getting at, I'm not sure of the answer though.
I know it would stop you using FrontPage or Dreamweaver but if for example
you had
print "<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Index page</TITLE></HEAD><BODY>";
print "<P>Current: $_Current</P>";
print "<P>Percent Change: $_ChangePercent</P>";
print "</BODY></HTML>";
You'd eliminate that problem.

"Christopher Crane" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> I have a question on speed but also dealing with the method of scripting.
> I have a few pages where I get things like weather and stocks. I get the
> data, which is usually in the form of a Comma delimited string like the
> stock quotes from Yahoo.com. In the past, I also wrote a function to get
> data and split into variables like $S_Current, $S_ChangePercent,
> $S_ChangeDollar ect....  Then I would print out a whole HTML table with
> variables embedded within. This function was called from a PHP type web
> page. Lately, I have been making the variables global and using them when
> need them. For instance, I have a page called index.php. At the stock
> section of the page, I have a function that is called and returns the
> indices, like NASDAQ, DOW and S&P. I global the variables and then within
> the index.php page I called the variables as I need them in tables. This
> makes designing the page simple. I can do it in Frontpage or Dreamweaver
> whatever. The old way was to call the function and the function would
> out the HTML table as part of the function.
> I hope I am explaining this well enough to understand. Doing it the newer
> way for me with the global variables makes it easier to design the web
> but I am wondering if it is at the cost of a slower page loading. The
> I think this is whenever I would like to display a variable I have to put
> a script tag like <?PHP print $S_Current; ?>. I might have as many as 20
> these on a page. Every time doesn't PHP have to start again and parse out
> this information causing it to be really slow?
> The old way was for me to call the function like <?PHP indices(); ?> and
> then the function would print out;
> <table>
> <tr>
> <td>Dow</td>
> <td>NASDAQ</td>
> <td>S & P</td>
> </tr>
> <tr>
> <td>$Dow_Current<img src=\"img\up.gif\"></td>
> <td>$Nas_Current<img src=\"img\up.gif\"></td>
> <td>$Snp_Current<img src=\"img\dn.gif\"></td>
> </tr>
> </table>
> Which is faster? Which is better? Is there another way?
> Christopher J. Crane
> Network Operations Manager
> IKON Office Solutions
> 860.659.6464

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