1994.09.16 04:17 "TIFF Bit Ordering Versus Fill Order", by John M Davison

1994.09.20 07:00 "Re: TIFF Bit Ordering Versus Fill Order", by Fredrik Lundh

However, a possible way to define host bit order would be to use the C bit-field struct operations.

Is this a compiler-implementation dependent approach?

ANSI C, Section

    "The order of allocation of bit-fields within a unit
    (high-order to low-order or low-order to high-order) is

The spec also states that it "need not be possible to express the address of each individual bit of an object", and that shifting n bits to the left is the same as multiplying by 2 raised to the power n.

To sum that up, there is no such thing as a "host bit order" when hacking C (at least not with the same meaning as "host byte order").

For additional reading on bit and byte orders, see IEN 137.