Whew, the whole morning I sat here and worked on my database and PHP. Now it's time for testing it and snip there are the problems, as expected

I directly give the code I use here, so I don't have to talk around:

<TD CLASS=plaintext><A HREF="<?php echo( "$url" ); ?>"><?php echo( "$title" ); ?></A> (<?php echo( "$status" ); ?> )</TD>

This is inserted in a plain HTML text file. Further above I already let the PHP script connect to my database. The problem here is that when I call up this page the echos don't seem to work. Here's the URL so you can see the result:
http://www.icosmoss.com/projectdetail.php3

Thanks for any corrections and tips