How should I understand this line?

Please, could you explain this line for me:

if(isset($_POST['activate'])?$activate = $_POST["activate"]:$deactivate = $_POST["deactivate"])

FYI these two line also appear in the script:

<input name="activate" type="submit" id="activate" value="Betalt" />&nbsp;&nbsp;
<input name="deactivate" type="submit" id="deactivate" value="Ej betalt" /></td>
Lennart EricsonAmateurAsked:
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Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
This the ternary operator: it's a more concise but leass clear way to write a conditional statement.
That lines can be rewritten this way:

  $activate = $_POST["activate"];
    $deactivate = $_POST["deactivate"]);

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Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
The human translation is: if user clicked button called 'activate' then assign the value 'Betalt' to the variable $activate, otherwise assign the value 'Ej betalt' to the variable $deactivate.
Chris Harte2015 Top Expert (Most Article Points)Commented:
That is a ternary expression

if $_POST['activate'] is set then set $activate to its value, otherwise set $deactivate to $_POST['deactivate']

using spaces makes it more readable
if(isset($_POST['activate']) ? $activate = $_POST["activate"] : $deactivate = $_POST["deactivate"])

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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
Maybe this will help.

The POST Method

The POST method transfers information via HTTP headers. The information is encoded as described in case of GET method and put into a header called QUERY_STRING.

Lennart EricsonAmateurAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys! I appreciate you made it readible for a human!
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