Creating formatted output using picture strings

John Posner jjposner at
Wed Feb 10 22:55:07 CET 2010

On 2/10/2010 2:57 PM, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2010-02-10, python at<python at>  wrote:
> [regardning "picture" output format specifiers]
>> I was thinking that there was a built-in function for this
>> common(?) use case
> I haven't seen that paradigm since my one-and-only exposure to
> COBOL in a class I took back in 1979.  Is the "picture" thing
> commonly used in other places than COBOL?

FWIW, Microsoft Excel supports "Custom" numeric cell formats that use a 
PICTURE-like syntax.


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