# Newbie Question about sequence multiplication

Scott s_broscious at comcast.net
Thu Apr 5 00:19:15 CEST 2007

```Alright, so I've been trying to teach myself Python which, when compared to
my attempt to learn C++, is going pretty well.
But I've come across an issue that I can't figure out, so I figured I'd ask
the pro's.

Now it looks pretty weird in this format but it was copied exactly from IDLE

*****code follows*******

#What this program is suppose to do is print a sentence centered in a box

sentence = raw_input('Sentence: ')

screen_width = 80
text_width = len(sentence)
box_width = text_width + 6
left_margin = (screen_width - box_width) // 2

print
print ' ' * left_margin + '+'   + '-' * (box_width-2)  +  '+'
print ' ' * left_margin + '|  ' + ' ' * text_width     + ' |'
print ' ' * left_margin + '|  ' + ' '   sentence       + ' |'
print ' ' * left_margin + '|  ' + ' ' * text_width     + ' |'
print ' ' * left_margin + '+'   + '-' * (box_width-2)  + ' |'
print

****end code****

Now that, even though copied straight from "Beginning Python: From Novice to
Professional", returns :
There's an error in your program: invalid syntax

with the word sentence highlighted (not the sentence when I'm defining the
name, the one in......uhm....the body of the code)

Now if i put * before sentence as it is with the rest of the variables, it
actually gets to the point where it asks me for the sentence, but after
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "D:/Programming/Python/sequence string multiplication example", line
16, in <module>
print ' ' * left_margin + '|  ' + ' ' * sentence       + ' |'
TypeError: can't multiply sequence by non-int of type 'str'

Why can't I get it to do what it's supposed to do? What am I
missing/misunderstanding?
Very simply all its supposed to do is something like this (now bear with me
formating might distort this a bit lol)
+------------------------------------+
|                                                        |
|                      Like This                    |
|                                                        |
+------------------------------------+

Any help would be greatly appreciated

-Scott

```