2004.04.22 18:49 "Re: [Tiff] Large TIFF files", by Bob Friesenhahn
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.