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AndreA33
Apr 13, 2016 10:40 AM CST
Could it be possible for all informations about dimensions to automatically convert inches to cm (or put both).

For us Europeans, it's difficult to convert each time we read these informations.

Thank you.
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jmorth
Apr 13, 2016 11:07 AM CST
I can relate to that; whenever we watch documentary type TV shows and they're talking about measurements a/o dimensions, metrics are almost always used; not being very familiar with them, sometimes I'm left in the blue.
I kind of remember that your proposal was addressed at one time, I don't remember the outcome, I think it may have just been left in the air.
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dave
Apr 13, 2016 11:07 AM CST

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That's not an easy thing to add. Maybe one day, but not soon.
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2016 11:13 AM CST
That will be a really wonderful addition to the database! I do not know the metric system of measurements but I probably should have it memorized by now; it seems when I'm researching plants I always have to have a separate window open to google for the conversion.
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sooby
Apr 13, 2016 11:36 AM CST
Maybe rather than an automatic conversion, there could be a conversion table somewhere on the site? There's a blank space in the sidebar on the left underneath the ads, for example, on the forums anyway. Supposedly the only other countries in the world who don't officially use the metric system, apart from the USA, are Liberia and Myanmar.

Those of us outside the USA have to convert temperatures between F and C as well, when they're discussed on the forums. That can get very confusing sometimes when people give a temperature that is possible in either scale without indicating which one they're using For instance if I said just that it is 4 degrees here today, that could be either 4F (-15C) or 4C (39F). (I use a conversion app on my iPad a lot on ATP Hilarious! ) I think that would be even harder to automate unless it was based on the country of the poster.
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pardalinum
Apr 13, 2016 12:16 PM CST
I would think that posting a link to one of the conversion sites would be sufficient. Post it perhaps in "Goodies".

For inches to centimeters I find it easy enough to remember "2.5" for a pretty close estimate. Multiply inches by 2.5 to get centimeters.

As Sue said temperature is a more complex calculation; a link to a conversion site would be useful and handy. Same with money conversions as some of us do international orders.

Of course I have a conversion site bookmarked but I almost always use it for ATP purposes. Having it onsite here would be more convenient I would think.
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Seedfork
Apr 13, 2016 1:23 PM CST
I guess anyone one could post a converter over on their own custom menu bar over on the left in blue. I think I have used up all my space over there already with links.
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Bonehead
Apr 13, 2016 1:50 PM CST
I sure wish the US would have gone 100% metric years and years ago. Instead, as I recall, we just started listing both on containers but kept the archaic measurements as the primary (e.g., a quart of milk also lists as .95 liter rather than the other way around). I believe the idea was we would gradually wean over to metric, but that of course never actually happened. I try to teach myself to think in metric, but the temperature really throws me off. I have thus far been unable to walk outside, feel that it is mild, and have any notion what C degree that might be. Note to self: get and use a Celcius thermometer as a learning tool. Silly Americans.
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Seedfork
Apr 13, 2016 3:04 PM CST
They taught us the metric system in school, now all I remember is .25 mm = an inch and a meter is just a little longer than a yard. Then they never followed through with the conversion. So in the automotive business you had to have metric tools and SAE tools, what a pain!
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greene
Apr 13, 2016 5:14 PM CST
All I remember is that 22C is a really nice day.
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2016 5:33 PM CST
greene said:All I remember is that 22C is a really nice day.

71.6ºF really is a nice day! I had to google for the conversion. Green Grin!

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AndreA33
Apr 13, 2016 5:39 PM CST
Here's a quick tip for temperatures.

C to F: Multiply the temperature by 2 and then add 30
(actual formula is multiply by 1.8, add 32)
ex: 22 C is roughly equal to 74 degrees using this method, actual conversion is 71.6

F to C: Now just work it backwards, subtract 30 from the temp. and then divide by 2
(again, actual formula constants are 1.8 and 32)
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2016 5:43 PM CST
*Blush* At my age (and laziness) it's quicker for me to google than to think about doing the math. Rolling on the floor laughing
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greene
Apr 13, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Hilarious! You make that look easy!
Rather than make a change to ATP we could have a thread called "Ask AndreA33" who could do the conversions for us all. Thumbs up
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robertduval14
Apr 13, 2016 6:42 PM CST

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If you are on a home computer running windows, the Widows calculator has a conversion option built into it for all kinds of conversions. I find the one with Windows 10 very easy to use for this purpose.
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plantladylin
Apr 13, 2016 6:43 PM CST
No windows computers here.
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ViolaAnn
Apr 14, 2016 1:14 PM CST
André - I live in Canada and we use metric, but I'm afraid it will take a long time to change the American mind set on metric even though they are the only large country still using Imperial and Fahrenheit temperatures.
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