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Print instruction page in French

My task's instruction page is in Canadian French. As you know French has some accent such as (à,é,l'association..etc).
I used the code below to display instruction page:

    import expyriment

    exp ="semantic task ")
    instruction = expyriment.stimuli.TextLine(text=" "Nous allons faire une tâche d'association sémantique ")

It give me error blow:

    UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 6: ordinal not in range(128).

I have 2 questions regarding this problem:

1) How can I print a French sentence in the instruction page? for example, the text as you can see in the French sentence we have d'association sémantique ". Unfortunately, Python editor considers d' as a beginning of quotation and end of the semantique" as the second quotation and that's why I have syntax error all the time. Do you have any solution for this problem?

2) I wanted to give infinite time to the participant for instruction page and say "if you read and understand instruction page press any key to continue". How can I set press any key to continue in expyriment and how I can give infinite time to the participant.

Thank you very much for your comment in advance.


  • Hi Juliette,

    1) Please see our documentation on this:

    2) exp.keyboard.wait() will wait for any key

  • Hi Florian,

    Thank you for your comment.
    I have one instruction page for the participant ( 10 lines of text) But using commad expyriment.stimuli.TextLine It prints all the 10 lines text in one very very long line. In order to solve this problem I break out my sentences in few smaller lines as you can see below:

        instruction1_page = expyriment.stimuli.TextLine(text= u"Nous allons faire une tâche d' 
                association     sémantique. Trois mots disposés en pyramide",position=(0,200))
        instruction2_page = expyriment.stimuli.TextLine(text= u"vont apparaître:une en haut et deux en 
                bas. Votre tâche consiste a choisir entre les ",position=(0,200))   

    But it still prints instruction lines of 1 and 2 in one long line instead of printing first text on the first line and prints the second text in the second line. Do you have any solution how can I have text1 \n (next line) text 2 and so on, please?

  • Hi Juliette,

    please see the documentation for TextBox and TextScreen for multi-line text.


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