(PHP 5 >= 5.1.2, PHP 7, PECL xmlwriter >= 0.1.0)

XMLWriter::startElement -- xmlwriter_start_elementCreate start element tag


Object oriented style

XMLWriter::startElement ( string $name ) : bool

Procedural style

xmlwriter_start_element ( resource $xmlwriter , string $name ) : bool

Starts an element.



Only for procedural calls. The XMLWriter resource that is being modified. This resource comes from a call to xmlwriter_open_uri() or xmlwriter_open_memory().


The element name.

Return Values

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.

See Also

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User Contributed Notes 4 notes

toby at php dot net
9 years ago
Note that startElement() and startElementNS() naturally do not write the closing ">" of the tag, since you may add an arbitrary number of attributes after starting a tag.

However, in some cases you may want to have the starting element tag closed in the output buffer before writing any further elements or content (e.g. if you communicate via an XML stream). To achieve this, you can simply use the text() method with an empty string.
reedsilverstein at gmail dot com
6 years ago
I needed to make a self closing tag with one attribute so I did:


$writer->writeAttribute('minMinute', $cook_time);


Output: <CookTime minMinute="10"/>
indy at driftsolutions dot com
2 years ago
I'm using PHP 7.1, not sure how many versions are affected but if you try to start an element that is a number or starts with a number (ie. 1 or 1TBS) it won't write it and messes up your XML.
marcuslists at brightonart dot co dot uk
10 years ago
Call trim on the tag as a trailing space breaks the end element.
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