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Fri Oct 26 12:51:25 BST 2007
On 26 Oct 2007, at 11:50, Dirk Koopman wrote:
> What stopped this nonsense was the realisation that, actually,
> processing text was at least as, then becoming more, important than
> number crunching. So newer processor designs became directly
> character addressable - although there was still some debate about
> what a character was in terms of storage. And the stupid business
> with making sure numbers were aligned on boundaries carried on for
> a loooooong time after that (horrible, nasty 68K processors).
I once ported some Lexmark printer driver code to ARM and had all
sorts of fun with their assumption that they could do non-word-
aligned loads and stores. ARM didn't allow that.
Andy Armstrong, Hexten
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