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Brent Aug 6
thanks for taking the time to list counterarguments against the deprecation of the short open tag. I'm just a userland developer and can't vote, but I do have some followup questions, if you don't mind. ()
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Brent Aug 6
Replying to @brendt_gd
> Virtually all PHP-based projects that are meant for redistribution have rules that prohibit the use of short tags Are there any numbers on this?
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Brent Aug 6
Replying to @brendt_gd
> in practice, they are disabled by default via configuration in virtually all mainstream PHP distributions Doesn't this mean that deprecating short tags would only affect a marginally small amount of people?
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Brent Aug 6
Replying to @brendt_gd
> we're making it more difficult for users to stay current, for no gain Are there actual numbers on how many users will be stuck on older versions? From my userland experience, deprecations like this wouldn't stop me from upgrading, a fix can be automated
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Brent Aug 6
Replying to @brendt_gd
> that it's worth to put hundreds of thousands of people through additional pain when upgrading Do you know this for sure?
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Zeev Suraski
With an estimated number of PHP developers at 10M, 1% is 100K. Whether I know this for sure is not at all the point - it's never how we take decisions. The question is whether it's reasonable or not. And my guess is that a lot more than 1% uses short tags.
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