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Request #15343 Localization of PHP
Submitted: 2002-02-02 06:55 UTC Modified: 2002-02-02 12:41 UTC
Votes:4
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Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
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Status: Not a bug Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 4.1.1 OS:
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 [2002-02-02 06:55 UTC] daniel@php.net
Until now PHP has used the $ prefix for variables what is clearly influenced by script languages such as Perl which have their roots in the USA.

As PHP's core components, such as ZEND, are developed in Europe and many opinion leaders are from here I'd suggest to replace $ by the Euro sign ? as of PHP5.

Yes, this will break some of the existing scripts, but we might provide a tool which replaces all occurencies of $ by ?.

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  Daniel Lorch
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 [2002-02-02 07:36 UTC] derick@php.net
:)

But your eurosign came out as ^A here

Derick
 [2002-02-02 08:01 UTC] chef at efton dot net
by the way, pressing the $ key is much easyier as to press the euro ? key. so why do that changing?

efton
http://www.efton.net
 [2002-02-02 08:11 UTC] daniel@php.net
Because it was meant to be a joke :)
 [2002-02-02 12:02 UTC] sebastian@php.net
Can't we just drop the $ and have variables without a prefix character?
 [2002-02-02 12:41 UTC] daniel@php.net
AFAIK the prepended $ makes it possible to parse faster - i.e. differentiating between variables and functions. Also, there would be a namespace problem ("is it a variable or a function?").
 
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