troubleshooting Question

function available outside function?

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Crazy HorseFlag for South Africa asked on
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I am still trying to wrap my head around functions and scope.

I thought that you couldn't call a function from outside of a function yet I have taken an example from W3 Schools website

if (empty($_POST["gender"])) {
    $genderErr = "Gender is required";
  } else {
    $gender = test_input($_POST["gender"]);
  }
}

function test_input($data) {
  $data = trim($data);
  $data = stripslashes($data);
  $data = htmlspecialchars($data);
  return $data;
}

Unless I am so confused I am missing something, it looks like:

 $gender = test_input($_POST["gender"]);

is being used outside of the actual test_input function and this works. I thought it wouldn't work because it's outside the function. Or am I misunderstanding?
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