Is it possible to get the value of a variable using an inputted string?

Hello all,

I would like to make a program that gives the value of a word based on all the letters added up with A being 1, B being 2 C being 3 etc. The code i am trying to use (and can’t) is:

Word = rawinput(‘text:’)
Wordlen = len(word)
Counter = 0
Finalword =0
While wordlen > counter
Finalword =+ input (word[counter])
Counter =+ 1
print (finalword)

I’m only a beginner and am doing this for no reason but I can’t find an answer anywhere! When i run the program i get the first letter in the list every time and i sorta know why but I couldn’t find a better way to do it and nothing seems to work. And can someone explain why every time i type in ‘counter’ after typing in the word i get the next letter in the word?


I didn’t find the right solution from the internet.

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