Config PHP in HTTPD to read only "<?" without "php"

mar2195 used Ask the Experts™
Is there a way to configure the PHP section in HTTPD.CONF file to process PHP files with only "<?" ... without the "php" ?

Currently using:  <?  some stuff;  ?>
- - server is not reading php files
When I use:  <?php  some stuff;  ?>
- - server reads php files just fine

Instead of updating a TON of php files, is there a way to edit the HTTPD file to make the server process the PHP files correctly without the additional "php"?

FYI:  This is on a Windows Server - PHP5.
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Set :

short_open_tag = On

in your php.ini and it should work
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That's in 'php.ini'.  Set "short_open_tag" to "1".

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