Ticket #682 (new defect)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Binary prefixes

Reported by: helix84 Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other


I suggest IEC standard prefixes (binary) for file size are used instead of commonly used but ambiguous prefixes KB, MB, ...

I encountered these in localization file.

Binary prefixes are defined in IEC 60027-2:2005

Change History

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to GUI

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Summary changed from Binary prefixes to Binary prefixes => Fixed in SVN

The next major release will switch to the new prefixes.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Summary changed from Binary prefixes => Fixed in SVN to Binary prefixes

Sorry, actually this change was reverted.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by robatino

Any reason this can't be done in a minor release? The next major release could be a long wait, and making some string replacements MB->MiB, etc., is pretty trivial.

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by frank

The reason is that it was decided to not switch to these prefixes, at least not in short term.

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by achimha

We had long discussions about this and there were even internal builds of VirtualBox that used IEC prefixes. We found that the vast majority of users do not understand those prefixes and get confused.

We agreed that once the operating system vendors switch to IEC, we will do so as well. Of course IEC prefixes are a good thing but we don't feel like we should educate users at the cost of making our product less user friendly.

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