sneakyRedPanda sneakyRedPanda - 1 month ago 12
PHP Question

Using PHP tags inside of href="" definition

I'm using a simple solution for getting the server root and it works quite well with my includes:

<?php $root = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/frizkie'; ?>

I'm doing some tables, and the .php file that contains the table is nested quite a few directories down at:


My images are located in:


And my code looks like:

<td onClick="document.location.href='planners/agility.php';">Contents</a></td>

I'd like to be able to use the $root directory for the 'planners/agility.php' part, but doing so like this:

onClick="document.location.href='<?php echo $root; ?>/planners/agility.php';"

Causes the onClick part to not work at all. On top of this, I'd also like to define table cell backgrounds using the same method, using the
variable. I've tried using PHP tags in the background="" definition, but the images don't show in Chrome or Firefox - only IE9.

Answer Source

$_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] is for server-side pathing so to speak, as you already noted. You don't need to put it in your markup, CSS and JS. I'd stick with absolute-relative paths like /images/background.jpg (note the leading slash). That way even if your page is accessed by a URL like

the image is downloaded from

and not

Using DOCUMENT_ROOT helps a lot when including multiple files scattered around your document root - using relative paths here gives me a headache. If you really want full urls in your pages, though, you can try using $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] for that matter, but I really don't understand the need to do so.