"This is an attempt to stop a war. I hope it is not too late and that somehow, magically perhaps, peace will prevail again." - Danny Cohen, 1980
Should multi-byte data types be stored with the least significant byte (LSB) at the lowest memory location (little-endian: 80x86, VAX, Alpha) or the highest memory location (big-endian: Motorola, PPC, SPARC, and just about everyone else)? In other words, if you grab the byte at the lowest address, do you grab the little-end of the number (LSB, little-endian) or the big end of the number (MSB, big-endian)?
Here are some direct references to the original 1980 article by Danny Cohen that gave the names "endian" to the issue:
And here are grown-up people still arguing about the issue in August 2000, twenty years later:
Web Author: Ian! D. Allen email@example.com Updated: 2003-09-23 11:44
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