[cairo] Using bit fields a bit more in cairo

David Turner david at freetype.org
Wed Dec 20 01:39:54 PST 2006

> All agreed.  I don't see any reason not to use bitfields.  We use them
> in Pango in public api and never had any problem that I know of.
Probably because you don't do much cross-platform work, or more precisely
because you only use the same compiler on all platforms you compile your
code and is used.

I have at least one war story about bit-fields introducing strange bugs
when a DLL compiled with one compiler was used with code compiled by
another one.

bitfields in public APIs can be dangerous. There is no problem using them
internally though.


- David

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