# Thread: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

1. ## Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

Basicall y I need a select your height and a select your weight list box, however they need to display the height in metric and imperial and the weight the same way,

eg (note I don't know the correct conversions this is just an example, so don't be pedantic)

|175cm (5'9") <-- how do you write imperial measures
|178cm (5'10)
|180cm (5'11)
|183cm (6ft)

Now If anyone knows a site where I can swipe this code from, let me know please as i am really not Au-fait with ye olde imperial measurements that are only used by the more backwards countries

Yes i know i can write it myself, but it will take a hellish amount of time to do conversions for the height and weights I need to cover

Cheers

2. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

Ok no worries I have found a solution, a chart that shows the equivelent metric and imperial height/weights so i can knock out A dropdown easily now

3. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

That's because there were 2 different ways when I was a kid.

(1) Single & double symbols ... e.g. 5'9"
(2) Alphabet abbreviations ... e.g. 5ft 9in

I found the 2nd choice easier to read.

Edit: Forgot you also mentioned weight...
That's another story.
How does your chart set that out?

4. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

Basically height is done like so, Although I now realise I have to add the metric identifier (cm) in to my drop down
182 (5' 11½")

and weight is done in lbs

77kg (169lbs)

like so

I went looking for a BMI website as i thought that would have both measures, about the 30th one I got to did

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Thats odd the editor page isn't wrapping

5. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

That looks nice & clear.

Those of us brought up the old way still judge our own by stones and pounds - and most bathroom scales show those as well as kilos.

So I'd be immediately dividing your lbs by 14 to get what's most relevant to me.
Maybe it's just a female thing....

6. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

Ahem, - a cm is a dressmaker's unit of measurement, but if you are numerically challenged enough to need metrics, maybe it is OK.
Engineering units of length are the mm until we change to metres at 20m.
cm should be catalogued with Leagues, links and perches. Novelty items.
For personal height the critical point is that the feet should reach the ground exactly; any compromises here will lead to difficulties later.

7. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

But surely it is the dressmaker's measure which is affected by the reading on the bathroom scales?

(Hmmm...So that's why this seam needs letting out...)

20m is OK for steel beams, but people in mm makes my sums harder.

8. ## Re: Metric and Imperial height weight drop down list boxes

Originally Posted by Laura
But surely it is the dressmaker's measure which is affected by the reading on the bathroom scales?

(Hmmm...So that's why this seam needs letting out...)

20m is OK for steel beams, but people in mm makes my sums harder.
Feet and inches are so much easier.
And check any supermarket, chooks are still laying in dozens. They weren't conned into daylight saving either.

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