Convert text to angles in degrees


angles = str2angle(strings)


angles = str2angle(strings) converts string scalars or character vectors containing latitudes or longitudes, expressed in one of four different formats of degree-minutes-seconds, to numeric angles in units of degrees.

Format DescriptionExample
Degree Symbol, Single/Double Quotes'123°30''00"W'
'd', 'm', 's' Separators'123d30m00sW'
Minus Signs as Separators'123-30-00W'
“Packed DMS”'1233000W'

Input must conform closely to the examples provided; in particular, the seconds field must be included, even if it is not significant. Except in Packed DMS format, the seconds field can contain a fractional component. Sign characters are not supported. Instead, terminate each value with 'N' for positive latitude, 'S' for negative latitude, 'E' for positive longitude, or 'W' for negative longitude. strings is a string scalar, character vector, or a cell array of character vectors. For backward compatibility, strings can also be a character matrix. If more than one angle is represented, strings can either contain homogeneous or heterogeneous formatting (see example). angles is a column vector of class double.


strs = {'23°30''00"N', '23-30-00S', '123d30m00sE', '1233000W'}

strs = 
    '23°30'00"N'    '23-30-00S'    '123d30m00sE'    '1233000W'


ans =

See Also

Introduced before R2006a