What am I missing?

Posted on 2008-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
What am I missing here?

The idea is to get it to output a particular message depending on the type of letter it is.  So far if I type 'bill' it tells me to pay it but anything else and it goes straight to the last else and types it can't be recognised, even if I type personal, circular or postcard


// Post

import java.util.*;

public class Post


  public static void main (String[]args)


    //create scanner from keyboard


    Scanner myKeyboard = new Scanner (;


    //prompt for letter type


    System.out.print("Please enter the type of letter you have recieved ");

    String type = myKeyboard.nextLine();


    //Determine and display what is to be done with the item


    if (type.equals("bill"))



      System.out.print("This needs to be paid");


    else if (type.equals("circular"))


      System.out.print("This should be thrown away");


    else if (type.equals("postcard"))


      System.out.print("Put this on the wall");


    else if (type.equals("personal"))


      System.out.print("You need to read and reply to this letter");




      System.out.print("I don't recognise that type of letter");




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Question by:flo_the_lil_minx
LVL 13

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marchent earned 500 total points
ID: 22722346
Your code is working perfectly. May be you are mixing with upper/lower cases letter. You can use equalsIgnoreCase() instead of equals() with variable type to overcome the case sensitivity.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31506345
Or maybe I need my eyes testing, I could swear it wasn't working but you're right, it is!

Thanks for looking though, Flo

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