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Need help with ASCII type box in Python

HauntJemimahHauntJemimah United StatesPosts: 0Member


I'm trying to make an ASCII code type box (the ones you see on GameFAQs of famous logos and such) since its part of the Chapter 6 Lab for Programming Arcade Games with Pygame.

Here is what I have so far. The trouble I'm having is to determine
how to space out the middle line. I know this depends on what n equals and I've been trying to tweak it to match any number of 'n'.

The line I am having trouble with is Line 39

I'm trying to calculate how many spaces I actually need by multiplying it by n*2 to get the max number across plus a little bit for one extra space.

This only works for n = 4, so I think I messed up pretty badly sadly enough.

I do this because you can't just add a number to a space character and I believe you can only multiply or divide a space by a number.

I was even thinking about rethinking this and converting whatever I obtain into int using int(), but I might be overthinking things.

Here's my code:

    # n = row number

    # Try 3 rows:

    n = 4

    for i in range(n):
        for j in range(n*2):
            # Add if statements to limit the cases to draw a line of o's
            # on the top and bottom lines for the box but spaces
            # with an o on each side for all the lines in between:

            # Top row:
            if i == 0:
                print("o", end = " ")
            # Middle cases (maintain first row to last row, but limit to 1st column)
            if i > 0 and i < n-1 and j < 1:
                print("o", end = " ")
            # Maintain first row to last row, but limit to last column based on n*2:
            if i > 0 and i < n-1 and j == (n): # 13 spaces needed for n = 4
                print(" " * ((n*2)+(n-1)), "o", end = " ")
            # Bottom row:
            if i == n-1:
                print("o", end = " ")

    # Fix the middle case

# Chapter 6 Lab Link:

This is my output so far (ignore the first case since it was in an unrelated part of the lab

*** Python 3.3.3 (v3.3.3:c3896275c0f6, Nov 18 2013, 21:18:40) [MSC v.1600 32 bit (Intel)] on win32. ***
*** Remote Python engine  is active ***
*** Remote Interpreter Reinitialized  ***
11 12 
13 14 15 
16 17 18 19 
20 21 22 23 24 
25 26 27 28 29 30 
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 
38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 
46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 
o o o o o o o o 
o             o 
o             o 
o o o o o o o o 


  • slook26slook26 UtahPosts: 4Member
    edited January 2014

    Depending on the text in the terminal/CLI the space usually is the same, in Python 2 you can just multiply the characters out to make length e.g.:
    def print_squarebox_lines(n,l):
    print "x" * n
    for i in range(l):
    print "x" + " " * (n-2) + "x"
    print "x" * n
    x x
    x x
    x x

    Not sure how python 3 stacks up

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