Re: Cohen's paper on byte order

From: Brian Gladman (
Date: 04/16/03

From: "Brian Gladman" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 00:36:45 +0100

"Douglas A. Gwyn" <> wrote in message
> Brian Gladman wrote:
> > 'we' now have to cope with it in some way but we want to cope with it in
> > way that mantains our strict endian neutrality ...
> Unfortunately the spec is such as to strongly encourage one
> particular endian bit assignment within storage bytes. So
> it might as well be specified in precisely that way.

It is the price we have paid for building a world that treats integers as
more primitive entities than bit sequences.

   Brian Gladman