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The internal binary data formats of the VAX and SUN systems are
different which makes it impossible to share data files (e.g.
image or table). The SUN systems store data starting with the most
significant bits (i.e. big endian) and use IEEE floating point
format while VAX's are byte swapped and have a proprietary floating
Data Format Compatibility
In order to exchange data files between these systems it is necessary
to use a machine independent format e.g. FITS. For this reason
and because internal MIDAS data structures may change, it is strongly recommended to save data in FITS format.
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