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Brad Feld wants to know if you’ve updated your copyright dates and suggests you put them in an include for update-once ease.

Most sites I’ve built take this a step further—the dates are dynamic. Copyright dates are often a range, and of course the first date doesn’t change. But the last date is always current with a dynamic copyright.

In Movable Type, you can use this...

&copy; 1996 - <MTDate format="%Y">

In PHP...

echo '&copy; 1996 - ' . date('Y');

And in Smarty...

&copy; 1996 - {$smarty.now|date_format:"%Y"}

Dave Kaufman - Techlife
January 1, 2007 1:57 PM

Interesting and useful...now the dumb question.... in HTML? or if your Apache webserver has PHP and the page is .html can you use the PHP?

Adam Kalsey
January 1, 2007 2:01 PM

Only if your web server is set up to process .html pages as PHP. If you're using Apache, adding the following to your .htaccess file should do the trick (assuming that PHP is already set up on your server)... `AddType application/x-httpd-php .html` But don't do this lightly. There's performance and server load considerations to think about. This means that every .html page on your server will be processed for PHP, regardless of whether you actually put any PHP code in there.

Viv
January 21, 2007 11:37 AM

Very helpful notes on Apache and .htaccess...thanks Adam. Viv

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