Re: Using standardized SI prefixes
Ben Finney wrote:
Yes, but the fact is that there are apparently a lot of different
opinions on what should be used. Therefore why not agree to disagree,
and let the user decide what they want to use. Make a centralized system
that converts an arbitrary byte-count to the user's preferred way of
viewing it. That's where I got the locale analogy from. I know, it's
probably overkill to create a whole new API for just this, but perhaps
there is an API where you could add a simple function that does this to.
Maybe in GTK?
David Verhasselt <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Perhaps transforming it into a localization problem would do the
trick. This way, users would be able to set their preference on
byte-count in the same place as their preference on currency,
decimal, and am/pm vs 24h. Applications could make use of the
localization settings to calculate the amount of bytes, which would
hopefully eventually centralize and generalize what counting-method
the user sees.
A GiB is the same in any locale, and has the same display -- "GiB" --
in any locale. Displaying it another way is misleading.
Either way, a centralized system would help stop errorenous usage of
GiB, GB or Gb.