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(PHP 5 >= 5.1.2, PHP 7, PECL xmlwriter >= 0.1.0)

XMLWriter::startElement -- xmlwriter_start_elementCreate start element tag


Object oriented style

public XMLWriter::startElement ( string $name ) : bool

Procedural style

xmlwriter_start_element ( XMLWriter $writer , string $name ) : bool

Starts an element.



Only for procedural calls. The XMLWriter instance that is being modified. This object is returned from a call to xmlwriter_open_uri() or xmlwriter_open_memory().


The element name.

Return Values

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.


Version Description
8.0.0 writer expects an XMLWriter instance now; previously, a resource was expected.

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User Contributed Notes 2 notes

toby at php dot net
10 years ago
Note that startElement() and startElementNS() naturally do not write the closing ">" of the tag, since you may add an arbitrary number of attributes after starting a tag.

However, in some cases you may want to have the starting element tag closed in the output buffer before writing any further elements or content (e.g. if you communicate via an XML stream). To achieve this, you can simply use the text() method with an empty string.
indy at driftsolutions dot com
2 years ago
I'm using PHP 7.1, not sure how many versions are affected but if you try to start an element that is a number or starts with a number (ie. 1 or 1TBS) it won't write it and messes up your XML.
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