Quando il PHP inizia a esaminare un file, cerca i tag di apertura e di chiusura, che sono <?php e ?>, i quali indicano dove iniziare e terminare l'interpretazione del codice. Questa tecnica permette al PHP di essere incorporato in tutte le tipologie di documenti, poiché ogni cosa esterna ai tag di apertura e di chiusura viene ignorata dal parser PHP.

PHP permette anche dei tag aperti abbreviati <? (che sono sconsigliati in quanto sono disponibili solo se abilitati con la direttiva short_open_tag nel file di configurazione php.ini, oppure se PHP è stato configuration con l'opzione --enable-short-tags ).

Se un file contiene solo codice PHP, è consigliato di omettere il tag di chiusura PHP alla fine del file. Questo evita che vengano aggiunti spazi o ritorni a capo dopo il tag di chiusura, che può creare effetti indesiderati poiché PHP comincerà a processare l'output quando in realtà non c'è intenzione da parte dello sviluppatore di inviare dell'output in quella parte dello script.

echo "Hello world";

// ... altro codice

echo "Last statement";

// lo script finisce qui senza tag di chiusura

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crazytonyi at gmail dot com
4 years ago
Regarding earlier note by @purkrt :

> I would like to stress out that the opening tag is "<?php[whitespace]", not just "<?php"

This is absolutely correct, but the wording may confuse some developers less familiar with the extent of the term "[whitespace]".

Whitespace, in this context, would be any character that generated vertical or horizontal space, including tabs ( \t ), newlines ( \n ), and carriage returns ( \r ), as well as a space character ( \s ). So reusing purkrt's example:

<?php/*blah*/ echo "a"?>

would not work, as mentioned, but :

<?php /*php followed by space*/ echo "a"?>

will work, as well as :

/*php followed by end-of-line*/ echo "a"?>

and :

<?php    /*php followed by tab*/ echo "a"?>

I just wanted to clarify this to prevent anyone from misreading purkrt's note to mean that a the opening tag --even when being on its own line--required a space ( \s ) character. The following would work but is not at all necessary or how the earlier comment should be interpreted :

/*php followed by a space and end-of-line*/ echo "a"?>

The end-of-line character is whitespace, so it is all that you would need.
kuzawinski dot marcin at gmail dot com
11 months ago
New lines placed after PHP closing tags are ignored;

<?= "A"?>
<?= "C"?>

Mark Clements (kennel17.co.uk)
2 years ago
Closing PHP tags are recognised within single-line comments:

// Code will end here ?> This is output as literal text.

# Same with this method of commenting ?> This is output as literal text.

However they do not have an effect in C-style comments:

/* Code will not end here ?> as closing tags are ignored inside C-style comments. */
pl at dot pl
1 year ago
Omit closing tag ?> always whenever you can

<!DOCTYPE html><head>
<title><?php include'varia.php'; echo$title?></title>

= 'Welcome';
[new line]        //other words: an extra 'Enter' is guilty

and you get:

Welcome - at the browser label

source won't tell you what happened - there will be fine:

<!DOCTYPE html><head>

Now imagine, what else can go wrong because of it? Everything, as Murphy said.
And you will look for the answer why...? And where...?
It's just simplest example.
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