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Ed, I wrote: > ... so users can still treat NC_BYTE data as unsigned char if they > want to. I should have added that if a user chooses to treat NC_BYTE data as unsigned, the type conversion functions will still treat it as signed, so that user had better be accessing the data with only the uchar functions so no type conversion is attempted. There are users who want NC_BYTE data treated as unsigned, and they use the uchar functions to access it. --Russ