Re: Cohen's paper on byte order

From: Brian Gladman (fake@nowhere.org)
Date: 04/16/03


From: "Brian Gladman" <fake@nowhere.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 00:36:45 +0100


"Douglas A. Gwyn" <DAGwyn@null.net> wrote in message
news:3E9C7584.36869923@null.net...
> Brian Gladman wrote:
> > 'we' now have to cope with it in some way but we want to cope with it in
a
> > 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