[wp-hackers] Discussion about Optional Closing PHP tags in the WordPress Library

Jason Webster jason at intraffic.net
Wed Jun 18 03:48:59 GMT 2008

> Right, so the problem is this. If you leave the closing PHP tag out, 
> then you have people informing you that you have a bug since PHP 
> "requires" a closing PHP tag.
PHP does not  require the closing tag, as it is assumed when the file 
ends. Also, not specifying the closing ?> helps prevent (often hard to 
debug) accidents like the addition of trailing whitespace, which will 
cause, for instance, session initialization to fail.

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