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A ``reader-makes-right'' strategy (like CORBA IIOP, for example) is adopted to handle encoding. The writer outputs a message using the endianess most natural to its local processor or software platform. The reader must be prepared to accept either encoding, and reverse byte orders if the encoding in the message does not agree with its local native ordering. If the source and destination have same endianess (which is common), no reversal in necessary, whatever the endianess actually is.

Bryan Carpenter 2004-06-09