8. A Methodical Approach



I get this error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "python", line 13, in
File "python", line 9, in description
UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 5: ordinal not in range(128)

I have compiled it in https://repl.it/languages/python and it works, but it doesn't work in Codecademy...

class Animal(object):
    """Makes cute animals."""
    is_alive = True
    def __init__(self, name, age):
        self.name = name
        self.age = age
    # Add your method here!
    def description(self):
        print self.name
        print self.age
hippo=Animal("Paquiño", 3)


Hi @epangar,

Unfortunately, this does not get accepted ...

hippo=Animal("Paquiño", 3)

There are techniques for accommodating characters such as "ñ", however, due to the manner in which Codecademy's submission correctness tests (SCTs) process user submissions, some commonly used techniques do not work.

This would suffice for this exercise ...

hippo=Animal("Paquino", 3)



Ooops! Yes, 'ñ' it's a character which only exists in Spanish. I have changed it to "Paquito" (something like "Lil' Frank") and it works. Thanks!


Codecademy currently teaches Python 2, which does not handle characters such as "ñ" very elegantly. We can all look forward to Codecademy's eventual switch to Python 3. The most recent version of Python is 3.6.0 (this being written on February 21, 2017), which smoothly accommodates a much wider range of characters than Python 2 does.