RE: Translated IUC10 Web pages: Experimental Results

From: Murray Sargent (
Date: Fri Feb 07 1997 - 14:58:36 EST

I believe the PowerPC can run in big and little endian modes and that NT
runs it in little endian mode.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Tony Harminc []
>Sent: Friday, February 07, 1997 9:37 AM
>To: Murray Sargent; unicode@Unicode.ORG
>Subject: RE: Translated IUC10 Web pages: Experimental Results
>On 6 Feb 97 at 17:21, Murray Sargent <> wrote:
>> I believe the default for UCS2 is big endian, which is amusing since 95%
>> of the world's computers are little endian. Evidently the majority
>> doesn't always rule. Does someone know where The Unicode Standard
>> defines UCS2 to be big endian?
>Perhaps 95% of the CPUs (being Intel) are little endian, but I'll bet
>that a large majority of the MIPS consumed doing useful work are
>executed on big endian processors. (This is not bashing little
>endianism or anything else; I simply mean that most Intel CPUs spend
>almost all their lives sitting quietly on a desktop doing nothing.)
>> Windows NT has a lot of code that assumes little endian order. I don't
>> think there are any big-endian builds of NT.
>I don't believe IBM has ever produced a little endian machine (except
>those 686 etc. Intel clone chips). So I imagine the PowerPC is big
>endian, and NT does run on that.
>Tony Harminc

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