output formatting for classes

Russ uymqlp502 at sneakemail.com
Fri Mar 10 01:56:46 CET 2006

I'd like to get output formatting for my own classes that mimics the
built-in output formatting. For example,

>>> x = 4.54
>>> print "%4.2f" % x

In other words, if I substitute a class instance for "x" above, I'd
like to make the format string apply to an element or elements of the
instance. Can I somehow overload the "%" operator for that? Thanks.

On an unrelated matter, I think the complex class in Python is too
complex, so I plan to clean it up and implement it right. (just
kidding, folks!)

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