[thelist] Alternative Control Structure Syntax in PHP

Randal Rust randalrust at gmail.com
Tue Aug 29 12:36:47 CDT 2006

On 8/29/06, Hershel Robinson <hershel at galleryrobinson.com> wrote:

> You may be familiar with the alternative 'colon' syntax of PHP control
> structures:

Yes, I use it all of the time. I like it because I can use it to
cleanly separate blocks of HTML that are supposed to be displayed
based on a value. For example, I have a class called Display that
controls what the user sees. So I have this on every page:

<?php if($display->view): ?>
<?php endif; ?>

If view is false, you hide everthing within the block. It makes it
really easy to show/hide error/confirmation messages too.

> But it seems there are reasons against it as well.

If the argument against is that the tools don't support it, then the
problem isn't the syntax.

Randal Rust
R.Squared Communications

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