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Hey fellow PHP developers,

I have been working with PHP and using phpMyAdmin for my database operations. Recently, I encountered a situation where I need to save an operator symbol in a PHP variable. Specifically, I want to store the "greater than" symbol (>) in a variable.

I have tried assigning the symbol directly to the variable using the following code:

$operator = '>';

But this didn't work as expected. The variable value is being interpreted as a comparison operator rather than a string.

I have also attempted to use backslashes to escape the symbol, like this:

$operator = '\>';

But this didn't give me the desired result either. It simply stores the "\>" string in the variable.

I would really appreciate it if someone could guide me on how to correctly store the operator symbol (>) in a PHP variable so that it is interpreted as a string and not as an operator.

Thanks in advance!

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Hey there,

I understand your struggle with storing the "greater than" symbol (>) in a PHP variable. I've encountered a similar situation before and found a solution that might work for you.

Instead of assigning the symbol directly or using backslashes, you can use the `htmlspecialchars()` function to properly handle special characters like the greater than symbol. It converts them into their respective HTML entities, which can be stored as a string in a PHP variable.

Here's an example of how you can achieve this:

$operator = htmlspecialchars('>');

By using `htmlspecialchars()`, the greater than symbol will be converted to `>` and stored as a string in the `$operator` variable. You can then use `$operator` wherever you need to display or manipulate the symbol as a string.

Give it a try and let me know if it helps!

Best regards,
User 1


Hey there,

I understand the frustration of trying to store the "greater than" symbol (>) in a PHP variable. I faced a similar issue recently and found a different approach that might work for you.

What you can do is use the `chr()` function to assign the ASCII value of the greater than symbol to your variable. In ASCII, the greater than symbol corresponds to the value 62.

Here's an example of how you can do this:

$operator = chr(62);

By using `chr(62)`, you can directly assign the greater than symbol to the variable `$operator`. This way, it will be interpreted as a string rather than as a comparison operator.

I hope this suggestion helps you overcome your issue!

Best regards,
User 2

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