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From: Asger Alstrup Nielsen (alstrup_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-11-10 09:57:51

> By "bit portable..." I assume you mean with a specified bit order,
> so that the resulting file is reasonably portable.

I want to point out that XTL supports portable formats, in the sense of
bit portability. In practice it handles both 32-bit and 64-bit systems,
and both kinds of endianess on the systems that it has been ported to.
Conceptually, there is nothing to keep it from supporting what other
strange system you might have.
Two of the supported formats are specified as portable standards, and
the text format is obviously also portable.
The "raw_format" is not portable, but that's by design, and meant for
those that require maximal performance in a controlled environment.

Please have a closer look at XTL, because I feel that it solves most of
the problems you are trying to address. No reason to reinvent the wheel.

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