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Correct SI unit "KB" into "kB" or IEC unit "KiB"
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I go to the page http://phabricator.wikimedia.org/file
I see many files, with their size, in "KB".

There is no such thing as a "KB".

This has to corrected into one of these:

  1. kB: kilobyte(s): 1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes
  1. KiB: kibibyte(s): 1 kibibyte = 1024 bytes

Thank you.

Nnemo

[Edit:]

I choose a file. I click File Info.

The issue also occurs here.

Nnemo

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I choose a file. Then I click File Info.

The issue also occurs here.

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The spell check that is used by Firefox recognizes KB as valid, however, it does not recognize KiB.

Related thought: There should be a #pedantic tag for tasks like this one.

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The upstream is exceedingly unlikely to change this. Although "KB" is not a technically precise unit, it is widely understood by users and is the unit used by both MacOS ("KB" in "Size" column) and Windows ("GB" in "Disk Space" readout) to identify filesizes:

In almost all contexts, normal users do not care (and do not make decisions differently) if "GB" means 1,000,000,000 bytes or 1,073,741,824 bytes and the distinction is ultimately irrelevant.

Generally, we are eager to trade away pedantic technical correctness to serve almost any other goal (ease of use, familiarity, simplicity of implementation, etc), and are very unlikely to make changes which serve only pedantic correctness concerns.

Aklapper renamed this task from Correct KB into kB or KiB to Correct SI unit "KB" into "kB" or IEC unit "KiB".May 22 2019, 12:52 PM
Aklapper closed this task as Declined.

Thanks for the feedback, Evan!

We don't plan to maintain a downstream patch for this either, hence closing as declined.