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2004.04.22 19:52 "Re: Large TIFF files", by Phillip Crews
At 02:49 PM 4/22/2004 , you wrote: > On Thu, 22 Apr 2004, Thomas J. Kacvinsky wrote: > > > > 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. > > > > I suggest that network byte order (big endian) be used. Especially if > > any Big TIFF variant will go before the IETF for RFC approval. > > If the choice is made to go with one byte order, then I second the > choice of big endian since it allows portable sample-parsing code to > be more efficient and easier to implement. > > Probably someone will complain about that because their application > only uses one sample size and they only use Intel x86. Or maybe VAX! I work mostly on x86/Windows, and I say let 'em whine. It should be one byte order; less confusion in the future, and network byte order is the appropriate choice. PS. Sorry for the direct e-mail, Bob. I forget again to change the recipient to the list.