Zend_Measure_* classes provide a generic and easy way for working with measurements. Using
Zend_Measure_* classes, you can convert measurements into different units of the same type. They
can be added, subtracted and compared against each other. From a given input made in the user's native language,
the unit of measurement can be automatically extracted. Numerous units of measurement are supported.
Example 34.1. Converting measurements
The following introductory example shows automatic conversion of units of measurement. To convert a measurement, its value and its type have to be known. The value can be an integer, a float, or even a string containing a number. Conversions are only possible for units of the same type (mass, area, temperature, velocity, etc.), not between types.
$locale = new Zend_Locale('en'); $unit = new Zend_Measure_Length(100, Zend_Measure_Length::METER, $locale); // Convert meters to yards echo $unit->convertTo(Zend_Measure_Length::YARD);
Zend_Measure_* includes support for many different units of measurement. The units of measurement
all have a unified notation:
Zend_Measure_<TYPE>::NAME_OF_UNIT, where <TYPE>
corresponds to a well-known physical or numerical property. . Every unit of measurement consists of a conversion
factor and a display unit. A detailed list can be found in the chapter
Types of measurements
Example 34.2. The meter measurement
meter is used for measuring lengths, so its type constant can be found in the
Length class. To refer to this unit of measurement, the notation
must be used. The display unit is
echo Zend_Measure_Length::STANDARD; // outputs 'Length::METER' echo Zend_Measure_Length::KILOMETER; // outputs 'Length::KILOMETER' $unit = new Zend_Measure_Length(100,'METER'); echo $unit; // outputs '100 m'