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Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CONSTANT_ENCAPSED_STRING, expecting T_STRING

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asked in Programming by jack (1,440 points)
Hi all, I am trying to simply call a onClick function on a button and facing this error:


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CONSTANT_ENCAPSED_STRING, expecting T_STRING in /home/test/html/home.php on line 121


My button html code is:

<button onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'category', 'action', 'opt_label', 1]);"></button>

In this line this error is coming.

I don&rsquo;t know what is happening I am calling _gaq.push on onclick event and this unexpected error is coming, Please give me solution for the same.
commented by Rens Pontier
It should specify a line number as well. Probably the error lies 1 line earlier. To determine the actual problem, I would need to see the code fragment. It's virtually impossible for me to determine the problem without seeing it.
Possible errors: a forgotten comma (,), quote(') or semi-colon (;)

1 Answer

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answered by payel (1,640 points)
selected by jack
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Hi Jack, this error comes usually when we add apostrophe in between of PHP code, whenever are using any other code like html or java script in PHP I recommend to use slash before the apostrophe.  If we talk about your code I think you are using this button in PHP or printing this button dynamically.

See your code:

<button onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'category', 'action', 'opt_label', 1]);"></button>

You have to just add like:

<button onclick="_gaq.push([\'_trackEvent\',\ 'category\',\ 'action\', \'opt_label\', 1]);"></button>


Here slash (\) is saying to code please avoid apostrophe and code compile this line normally.

Try this it would help you.

commented by jack (1,440 points)
Thanks Dear @Payel its really helped me.
commented by anonymous
There is another option, if you really do not want to see backslashes everywhere , you can use heredoc (and nowdoc) syntax, as per PHP.net:


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