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php parsing order question

7:51 pm on Dec 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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If you have an HTML file with <?php><?> tags in 3 separate locations, in what order are they parsed by the engine? In parallel or in sequence from top to bottom? Does it matter really?
7:52 pm on Dec 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Top to bottom. Order does matter. If you call a variable at the top of your page and declare that variable at the bottom, your script will choke because you're asking for a variable you haven't created yet!