2004.04.22 18:21 "Re: [Tiff] Large TIFF files", by Chris Cox
And when writing the libraries, it's helpful to be able to read the file format in a hex editor ;-)
Real programmers dream in hex :)
Yes, but do they dream in big endian or little endian?
Using ASCII tags would make it readable regardless of byte order.
Of course, that brings up the question: do we still need to support two byte orders?
In my experiments, reading from the disk always swamped the time needed to swap byte order - so there is no noticable impact from using a fixed byte order and forcing conversion on one platform the other.