# One code, two unit of measure

Hi all.
I'm working on a recipes program and I want to give users the option to choose if use Imperial or metric unit of measure.
I would like they can change their choice  at anytime, so I'm wondering if there is a best practice: could it be something like give different languages?  But math operations could give very different result, so it can't be only a translation issue...
Any idea?

Marco
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Keep all values in let say metric units. Use global ratio for all unit types (one for converting gr, one for converting liters, ...).
``````const
UNITS_METRIC = 0;
UNITS_IMPERIAL = 1;
...
UNITS_MAX = UNITS_IMPERIAL;
const
UNIT_gr = 0;
UNIT_L = 1;
..  //temperature unit, ...
UNIT_m = 2;
UNIT_MAX = UNIT_m;

const
UnitNames: array[0..UNITS_MAX, 0.. UNIT_MAX] of String =
(
('gr', 'L', 'm'),
('ounce', 'fl oz', 'foot'),
);
XConvert: array[0..UNITS_MAX, 0.. UNIT_MAX] of Double =
(
(1.0, 1.0, 1.0), //metric into metric
(x.x, x.x, x.x) //metric into imperial
);
...
var
iCurrentUnitsIndex: Integer = UNITS_METRIC; //defaule

function DoConvert(fVal: Double; iUntidx, iUnit: integer): Double;
begin
Result := RoundTo(fVal * XConvert[iUntidx, iUnit], -1);
end;
``````

..  when you define all of these constants ... use in calculations (texts)...
``````var
sText: String;
...

sText := 'For this recipe zou need: '+#13#10+FloatToStr(DoConvert(50, iCurrentUnitsIndex, UNIT_gr) + //50 gr into current units
' ' +UnitNames[iCurrentUnitsIndex, UNIT_gr];
...
``````

When you change - let say - in combo - in OnChange event - change value of iCurrentUnitsIndex and do refresh page (all texts)
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Commented:
What are you trying to change?

Are you simply wanting to allow the user to see the measurements in different systems or do you also want the ingredients to change to another language?

If it just the measurements you could have a dropdown with the choices then have code on selection that calculates from the current values the new values and displays the new values with the correct measure.

You could also have the different measurements stored with the recipe thus saving the calculations.

mlmcc
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FreelancerAuthor Commented:
Thanks mlmcc for your reply. No I don't have to change to a different language: it was only an example.
My doubt is this: if in one recipe are needed 50 gr. of oil and I want display it with Imperial system I have to convert those 50 grams to 1,8 ounces. I want prepare a conversion table to do automatically this conversion when the user changes the unit of measure and I would like to know if there is some ready unit or what is the  best practice to do it.
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FreelancerAuthor Commented:
Hi Sinisa, How are you?
Thank you for your reply... I guesed I have to use constants, but I really needed the suggestion about how to do it: exactly what you gave me! I'll test with a small app soon. If I'll have some doubt I'll post a new question and I'll post a link to here, right?
Cheers and thank you again.
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FreelancerAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
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