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write 16bit smallint high/low 8bit

write 16bit smallint high/low 8bit

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I want to build up a signed small int writing the low byte and high byte separately.

I have done this many times using the absolute directive but for some reason my Codegear 2009 delphi are playing tricks on me.

If the result is negative I just get a large wrong number. I think the compiler uses 32bit even the smallint is only 16bit


Var
ByteData : array [0..1] of byte;
signed16: smallint absolute ByteData;

begin
....
ByteData[0] := ord(temp[1]);
....
ByteData[1] := ord(temp[1]);

Signed16; // result only correct if positive

RE: write 16bit smallint high/low 8bit

Seems to be already answered here on Stackoverflow.

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