Conversion Util

Utility Screenshot

Every time I write the temperature, I’m reminded of the fact that the US is the only country on the planet that uses Fahrenheit. So, I go through this little process:

Type the temperature, let’s say 77

Move to the insert Ribbon and find the degree symbol ‘°’ or try and remember what Alt-code it is (246?  ÷ no)  (247? ≈ no) (248? ° Yay!)

Then I paste the 77 into Google and type ‘f’ and hope that it gives me the “Fahrenheit to Celsius” option, because I always misspell Fahrenheit by placing the ‘r’ before the ‘h’ which renders Google useless.

Then I attempt to copy the Celsius text including without all the digits to the right of the decimal point. I fail, and I get the whole thing.

I paste that into Word, trim it to one decimal and add the degree symbol again

I’ve always said: “There has to be a better way” and I finally decided to build one.

So. The form that you will find (if you follow the link) is a little bit of HTML and a little bit of Javascript. You enter the Fahrenheit temp into the box, and it renders the complete string which can be copied and pasted into Word, or whatever.

Example: 77°f (25°c)

Click here to access the utility!

As you can see, I also added Feet and Inches, Miles and Kilometers and Pounds and Kilograms. My plan is to add all the usual suspects, Sq. Ft, Gallons, etc. I’m putting the link on my site so I can get to it easily. Of course, it’s public and your welcome to use it. If anyone would be interested, I’d be happy to create a companion page to go the other way.

You will notice that the utility page is on Blogspot/Blogger/Google. That’s because, as anyone who’s ever run/participated in a blog-hop knows, WordPress doesn’t allow JavaScript (and I don’t know a better language). In fact, I don’t know JavaScript all that well, so if some of my old coding buddies are looking, I hope they are kind.

If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to make them here. Commenting on Blogger are not easy.

Below are some screen shots. If you want to see the utility in action, click here.

42 Responses to Conversion Util

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Testing this to see if I can add a comment.

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  2. Some of us over here are hoping that Brexit will bring back what we call “Imperial” measurements. Long live Fahrenheit. BTW, when I had my furniture shop I worked in ft. and in. but had to convert for my German (Scheppach) tablesaw!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Ha ha – OK. I’ll finish English to Metric. Then I’ll add Metric to English and then I’ll add English to English. I’ve already had the request on Twitter to add pounds (the weight, not the currency) to Stones.

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  3. We are told that we can’t go back as all of the children, etc. only know metric now – but ask them how tall they are – ft and in! Ask about petrol consumption – miles per gallon- talk about distances and – short – you get metric – over a mile – you get mile! Want milk – still buy it in pints – want potatoes – still buying 5lbs and so it goes….

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  4. Your mission must be to save the world or geek it up. Either way, this is super.

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  5. bantion1789 says:

    Back in my job hunting days, (1970’s) I put my height and weight on my resume in metric because it made me feel lighter and maybe made people think a little. BA

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  6. Very helpful, Dan! When I’m writing, I always wonder if I should be converting everything to the metric system or leave it in US measurements. I often end up avoiding both, but it’s not easy!

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  7. GP Cox says:

    In Junior High school, we had to learn the formula for going to C from F – but I’ll be darned if I remember it!! So much for junior high!! :)

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  8. marianallen says:

    If you had a self-hosted WordPress blog, you could add a JavaScript Adder plug-in: http://www.aakashweb.com/. Which I did.

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  9. Perfect for my upcoming trip. Now, if you could just have a conversion table for dollars to pesos. :)

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    Brilliant Dan, but it seems you work really hard to get your answers. I think maybe Mr Google likes me better. I simply ask ‘what is 8C in …’ and Mr Google not only finishes my sentence, but he gives me the answer. It’s awesome ;)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Mr Google does learn pretty fast, but then there’s still the looking for the degree sign and such. Plus, a little bit of programming can be fun. As long as it’s not insurance accounting.

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Since I don’t know any programming except algebraic equations in Excel, I resort to simply ignoring the little degree sign ;)

        Your comment about insurance accounting reminded me of developing a billing system for our company years and years ago. Most of our developers had English as a 2nd language and I often had to outline the logic I was looking for so the developers would understand what we needed done. Algebra is a thing of beauty :)

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  11. joey says:

    Well look at you, all talented and stuff.
    I usually just Google it, and not all the time. Mostly cause I’m American and I don’t really care about people who don’t use F. (Not really, but they can Google, too.)
    I’ll use this. I bookmarked it. :)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Ha ha – great answer – “they can google” I don’t include it when it disrupts the flow of what I’m writing. I’ll try to get the reverse in place and maybe I can stop googling “how much is 23c in f?”

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  12. reocochran says:

    Oh my goodness, Dan! I am impressed you think of such important and interesting ways to get me out of my “comfort zone!”
    I used to be an elementary school language arts teacher (used to be my professional license said “grades 1-8). So, I don’t even think about the translation of temperatures, money/denomination and sizes!!
    This is how I talk: “It is an arm’s length,” “it’s yea big” (“yay”~ pronunciation) and “knee high to a “. . . :D Have a splendid weekend!

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  13. Zambian Lady says:

    I know Fahrenheit since I live here in the States, but I understand Celsius more because that is what is used back home. As for miles, I have to convert into km so that I get the real distance. Thank God (and Google, I guess) for Google…

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