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I have to output a collection of strings and integer values such that there is one string followed by an integer in one line. the problem i am having is to arrange it properly on the display

Example:
I am trying to print: or rather what i am able to print is

zmike russel  23
stephanie davidson 45
timmy 19

Now I trying to make it display:

mike russel             23
stephanie davidson      45
timmy                   19

i.e the names should be in one column and the digits in one column. I am finding it hard to realise this using the print statement. The numbers just don't come exactly below one another ......

Please help ....:?:

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Like this?

print "%-20s %4d" % ("John Smith",107)
print "%-20s %4d" % ("Phineas T. Fogg", 80)

John Smith 107
Phineas T. Fogg 80

Familiarize yourself with the % operator, with operands of the form <string> % <sequence> (as opposed to numeric operands, where % is quite different).

Edited by Dani: Formatting fixed

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Thanks ... that worked ...

though am not very sure how ?? ..... google didn't help me much from the lead you had given

how wexactly the offsets besides the % signs work ??

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Thanks ... that worked ...

though am not very sure how ?? ..... google didn't help me much from the lead you had given

how wexactly the offsets besides the % signs work ??

print "%-[B]20[/B]s %4d" % ("John Smith",107) % Is the conversion specifier. It tells print that what it follows is the formula you want for displaying the data. As part of that formula you have ( - ) which means you want the data to be align to the left in a minimum field of 20, that's what that 20 is. If the string is less that 20 spaces will be use to add up to 20.

Now the %4d is another format formula to display an integer aligned to the right in a minimum field of 4, displaying 107 as space,1,0,7 right after where the first formated string left it.

The % without color indicates to print, "Here there are, the actual objects to which I want you to apply these formulas to".

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