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Request #68249 Implement another string delimiter as alternative to double quotes
Submitted: 2014-10-17 07:48 UTC Modified: 2017-08-05 04:55 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 2.0
Reproduced:1 of 2 (50.0%)
Same Version:1 (100.0%)
Same OS:1 (100.0%)
From: work at web-sav dot de Assigned:
Status: Suspended Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: Irrelevant
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2014-10-17 07:48 UTC] work at web-sav dot de
How to merge together HTML/JS/SQL and PHP inside non-view scripts:

// looks messy
$htmlSingle = '<a href="' . {$url} . '">' . {$label} . '</a>';

// good, but needs to be escaped
$htmlDouble = "<a href=\"{$url}\">{$label}</a>;

// breaks code clearity (especially inside classes)
$htmlHeredoc = <<<HTML
<a href="{$url}">{$label}</a>

None of the above solutions are really perfect for solving one of the most common task in PHP. So a mixture of the heredoc syntax (code injection for phpstorm) and the double quotes (one liners) would be perfect imo. Maybe something like this:

// without code injection feature
$html = :|<a href="{url}">{$label}</a>|;

// with code injection
$html = :HTML|<a href="{url}">{$label}</a>|;


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 [2015-06-28 21:00 UTC]
-Package: PHP Language Specification +Package: Scripting Engine problem
 [2015-08-08 14:14 UTC]
FWIW, you can also do

  $html = sprintf('<a href="%s">%s</a>', $url, $label);
 [2017-08-05 04:55 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Suspended
 [2017-08-05 04:55 UTC]
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