[Zope] VERY Confused!

Paul Winkler slinkp23@yahoo.com
Tue, 23 Oct 2001 15:03:54 -0400

On Tue, Oct 23, 2001 at 11:43:21AM -0700, Ben Ocean wrote:
> Hi;
> I'm new to Python and Zope, but I'm at a loss to understand WHY this 
> doesn't work! I have this line in my dtml code:
> <span class="top"><img src="images/top" width=<dtml-var 
> "sizeCalc(1008,size)"> height=<dtml-var "sizeCalc(82,size)">></span>
> *size* is a dtml method and is defined thus:
> 1
> just the number one.
> sizeCalc(x,y) is an external method and is defined thus:
> import string
> def sizeCalc(x,y):
>   x = string.atoi(x)
>   y = string.atoi(y)

try this:

   x = int(x)
   y = int(y)

> I tried the string conversions because the values are being interpreted as 
> strings (already tested that). 

Good - you're looking in the right direction. DTML methods return

> I get this error:
> Error Type: TypeError
> Error Value: int() can't convert non-string with explicit base

Right. In your dtml page, you called sizeCalc like so:
<dtml-var "sizeCalc(82,size)">

The second argument comes from your DTML method, right? That's a
string, and that's why you got type errors before. But that first
argument is not a string - it's an integer. string.atoi() can only
take string arguments. So you've just traded one TypeError for
another. You could keep your external method as it is now and call it
like this:

<dtml-var "sizeCalc('82',size)">

But I suspect you'll be much happier if you make your external method
able to deal with both integers and strings, so you don't have to
remember this every time you call it. Use python's built-in int()
function. (It can also take float arguments - it just chops off
anything after the decimal.)


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