[Image-SIG] FITS data format.

Paul Barrett Barrett@stsci.edu
Tue, 23 Oct 2001 17:35:55 -0400

Bill OConnor wrote:

 > I?m trying to write a module to import a FITS data format.
 > First: A module already exists but it uses c library routines to do
 > the  reading.  I?d like to do it in pure python to avoid any
 > porting issues.  The main issue I see is that floats are stored in
 > binary form and I  don?t see how I would read them into a python
 > object.  If anyone knows  how to do this please let me know.
 > Second: If such a module already exists and I haven?t found it
 > please  tell me.

We're in the process of developing such a module.  We intend to release 
a beta version in November.  This module will use a new version of 
Numeric for accessing the data in image and binary table extensions.

I'll post an anouncement when it is ready.

  -- Paul

Paul Barrett, PhD      Space Telescope Science Institute
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