[Tutor] Changing the text color in the WinXP dos shell (WinXP/py2.6.2)

Katt the_only_katala at verizon.net
Fri Oct 16 09:36:24 CEST 2009

> Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:11:11 +0100
> From: "Alan Gauld" <alan.gauld at btinternet.com>
> To: tutor at python.org
> Subject: Re: [Tutor] Changing the color of text in the windows shell
> (WinXP/python 2.6.2)
> Message-ID: <hb6huh$cba$1 at ger.gmane.org>
> "Katt" <the_only_katala at verizon.net> wrote
>> lucky).  So I will pursue all three types of changing color.
>> First I will try WConio, next to be followed by EasyGUI,
> EasyGUI won;t help change colour, it is just a way of making
> a command line script act like a GUI - by popping up dialog
> boxes to capture input and dsplay messages. It replaces
> raw_input and print with dialogs.

Got that.  I remeber in the old world of BBS's creating ANSI screens for the 
WWIV software.  This shouldn't be any different just in a different 

>> --------code--------
>> from WConio import textcolor
>> apples_left = 5
>> print "There are",(textcolor(4)),apples_left,(textcolor(7)),"left in the
>> basket."
>> ---------------------
>> The output works, but there is one snag.  I think that I am leaving
>> something out because it has the word "None" on both sides of the
>> variable.
> The textcolor() function returns None. so you need to keep it
> out of your print statement:. This means you need to split your
> print into multiple separate statements. (This will also be true
> for the pywin32 version)
> print "There are",
> textcolor(4)
> print apples_left,
> textcolor(7)
> print "left in the basket."
> The way I'd handle thus is to create a function which takes a
> list of tuples as input, with each tuple containing the string
> and its colour:
> def colorPrint(strings):
>    for string in strings:
>         textcolor(string[1])
>         print string[0],
> colorPrint([("There are", 0),(str(apples_left),4),("left in the
> basket.",7),("\n",0)

Thank you for the code snippet.  At first when I tried this code it was 
printing correctly and following up with an error.  It was just because the 
end of the statement was missing the extra ]) at the end.  Then after that I 
was wondering why the phrase "There are" was invisible.  Realized that was 
because the color number was 0.

That was very helpful.

Thanks again,


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