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PHP Include or Require Causes Unwanted Gap or Space

December 14, 2011

This happens all the time. You have a header, navigation, or footer that you intend on including into several other PHP files, and for some reason, it keeps adding blank space. The CSS can’t explain it, but for some reason there’s a gap or extra white space included in your page.

This is typically caused by how the file is encoded. If one file is encoded in UTF-8 and another is ANSII, it takes a second for the processor to recognize this, and thus the space.

Go back and double check to see which files are encoded which way. Notepad++ has a great, simple way of encoding PHP files.

Happy Coding!