Both examples can be made crystal clear with appropriate whitespace.
I agree with that.
So it's gonna be the pythonized version? ie. if there is no
appropriate whitespace -> parse error? :)
The point was that the example was unreadable even if translated
directly into syntactical PHP. To make it 'readable', you need to add
whitespace, which would in fact make either syntax quite readable.
Anything can look like crap if you want it to.