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This one is more than a personal gripe, there's a valid server
related issue when you write shorthand PHP code. If you are one of
those people doing
<? ?> stop now.
You get into an issue of "is this php or xml" since you share the same opening tag. There's also a number servers out there that have the shorthand coding option turned off. Stop with the shorthand, all you do is create instability.
For those of you who happen to inherit a failure that uses these kinds of markup, here's a couple of replacements you can run over the code to clean it up for you. Run them in the order presented, you have to clear out the shorthand prints before taking care of the regular shorthand.
Shorthand Print Correction (Simple string replace)
<?= // Shorthand print <?php print //Proper print
Shorthand PHP Opener Correction (Regex)
/\<\?[php]*/ // Shorthand print <?php print
Make sure to include the trailing space, as it's 'legal' to do
<?#comment, but that break