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Are PHP tags required for every line of code?

Hey everyone,

I'm a beginner in PHP and I've recently started diving into coding with this language. While working on my first PHP project, I noticed that some code examples online have PHP tags (`<?php` and `?>`) surrounding every single line of code, while others only use them at the beginning and end of the PHP block.

I'm a bit confused about whether PHP tags are required for every line of code or if they can be omitted in certain situations. It would be great if someone could clarify this for me. Can I just start a PHP block and continue writing code without using opening and closing tags repeatedly? Or should PHP tags be included for each line?

Thanks in advance!

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twila75

Hey everyone,

Drawing from my personal experience, it is indeed not necessary to use PHP tags for every line of code within a PHP block. Once you open the PHP block with `<?php`, you can simply write your PHP code without the need to repeat the opening and closing tags on each line.

To illustrate, take a look at the following example:

php
<?php
// PHP code here
echo "Hello World!";
// More PHP code here


In the above snippet, the opening tag `<?php` marks the beginning of the PHP block, while the absence of a closing tag represents the continuation of the block. As long as you are within the PHP block, there's no requirement to use tags for every line of code.

However, it's important to note that when combined with HTML, you need to employ the PHP tags to switch between PHP and HTML sections. Nevertheless, within a single PHP block, you can omit the tags for individual lines of code.

I hope this clarifies things for you. Feel free to reach out if you have any further queries!

cbashirian

Hey folks,

Based on my personal experience, it is not necessary to include PHP tags for every line of code within a PHP block. Once you open the PHP block with the `<?php` tag, you can continue writing your PHP code without needing to repeat the opening and closing tags on each line.

For instance:

php
<?php

// PHP code here

echo "Hello World!";

// More PHP code here

?>


In the above example, the opening tag `<?php` is placed at the beginning to indicate the start of the PHP block, and the closing tag `?>` is used at the end to mark its completion. However, within the block, you don't need to include the tags for every line of code.

It's worth noting that if you're mixing PHP with HTML, you'll need to use the tags to switch between the two. But within a single PHP block, the tags only need to be included at the beginning and end.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

dallas.ankunding

Hey there,

In my experience, PHP tags (`<?php` and `?>`) are only required at the beginning and end of the PHP block. Once you open a PHP tag, you can continue writing PHP code without the need to repeatedly include the opening and closing tags.

For instance, you can have a chunk of PHP code like this:

php
<?php

// PHP code here

echo "Hello World!";

// More PHP code here

?>


In this example, the opening tag `<?php` is used at the start to signify the beginning of the PHP block, and the closing tag `?>` is used at the end to mark the completion of the PHP block. However, within the block itself, you don't need to include the tags for every line of code.

It's important to note that if you're embedding PHP within HTML, you'll need to use the tags to switch between PHP and HTML sections. But within a single PHP block, the tags are not needed for each line.

Hope this clears up any confusion! Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

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