Firefox uses the SI standard for base-2 units

Bug #538738 reported by Benjamin Drung on 2010-03-14
This bug affects 3 people
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firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

Firefox uses the SI standard for base-2 units. This violates the units policy [1].

Testcase: Open a random page in Firefox (for example, and then go to Tools -> Page Info -> General -> Size. It should display "17.91 kB (17911 bytes)" instead of "17.49 KB (17911 bytes)".


Andy Branscomb (droolingsheep) wrote :

Confirmed in firefox 3.6+nobinonly-0ubuntu6 on Lucid

Also fixed a typo in the description.

description: updated
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
David D Lowe (flimm) wrote :

This is also true of the "Downloads" window. The file sizes there do not conform to Ubuntu's unit policy.

enolive (enolive) wrote :

unfortunately, this bug was marked as WONTFIX upstream: over 10 years ago. This might be the correct choice at that time, since nobody used decimal prefixes (except hard disk manufacturers) at that time. I think this decision should be reconsidered though as more and more applications and operating systems are switching to SI units nowadays

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