Given two strings, write a program to merge the given two strings by adding characters in alternating order, starting with the first string. If a string is longer than the other, append the additional characters onto the end of the merged string.
The first line of input will contain a string.
The second line of input will contain a string.
The strings may contain special characters, digits and letters.
The output should be the merged string
For example, if the given strings are “abc” and “pqrs”, then alternating characters from each string are merged as “a” from “abc”, “P” from pqr, “b” from “abc” and so on.., resulting in the merged string “apbqcr”
Sample Input 1
Sample Output 1
Sample Input 2
Sample Output 2
word1=input() word2=input() word1Len=len(word1) word2Len=len(word2) if word1Len>word2Len: commonLen=word2Len else: commonLen=word1Len newString="" for i in range(commonLen): j=word1[i]+word2[i] newString+=j if commonLen==word1Len: result=newString+word2[commonLen:] else: result=newString+word1[commonLen:] print(result)