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Input should allow only alphabetical letters, regardless of case

Hello, in my program I need to ask the user to input some alphabetical
letters. Case should not matter. Any input that isn't an alphabetical letter
should be rejected and the user prompted to try again.
I came up with:

std::cout << "Type a letter: ";

char c = '\0';

while(!(std::ci n >> c) || !std::isalpha(c ))
std::cerr << "That wasn't a valid alphabetical letter, please try again:
" << std::flush;

std::cin.clear( );
std::cin.ignore (std::numeric_l imits<std::stre amsize>::max(), '\n');
It seems to work, but I was wondering if it needs more robustifying without
going to ridicolous lengths to achieve it?

/ E
Jul 23 '05 #1
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Eric Lilja wrote:
Hello, in my program I need to ask the user to input some alphabetical
letters. .... while(!(std::ci n >> c) || !std::isalpha(c ))
Use could instead try:
string tmp;
getline (cin, tmp);
// parse tmp ...
std::cerr << "That wasn't a valid alphabetical letter, please try again:
" << std::flush;

std::cin.clear( );
std::cin.ignore (std::numeric_l imits<std::stre amsize>::max(), '\n');

It seems to work, but I was wondering if it needs more robustifying without
going to ridicolous lengths to achieve it?

What do you expect from a language like C++?

Jul 23 '05 #2

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