Re: Cohen's paper on byte order

From: Andrew Swallow (
Date: 04/18/03

From: "Andrew Swallow" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 16:33:43 +0000 (UTC)

"Roger Schlafly" <> wrote in message
> "Andrew Swallow" <> wrote
> > There is a definition of Octet on page 48 of this set of official
> > definitions.
> >
> pdf
> > "Octet ::= BIT STRING (SIZE(8))"
> And then 9 pages later, it says:
> According to the CCSDS convention, the Most Significant Bit
> (MSB) of any octet shall be the first bit transmitted and it shall be
> in the most left justified position and designated as "Bit 0". The
> transmission sequence shall go from MSB to the Least Significant Bit
> This is just more evidence that usage of the term "octet" is confusing
> and incoherent. If an octet is defined as a bit string, then there is no
> MSB. There is a first bit and a last bit, but no MSB.
Now you are being silly.

Andrew Swallow