I use short tags in my code often because they are quite convenient. However it seems that the developers of PHP don't really like them and are considering removing them. Here is a good discussion on the matter: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/200640/are-php-short-tags-acceptable-to-use For purely philosophical reasons I try to obey strict xhtml when I format webpages. But I am unsure of the major philosophy behind short tag removal. Does anyone here have any opinions on the subject?