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Old September 1st, 2011   #6
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The matter of how strict a device should be is a philosophical one. It's a matter of strict compliance vs. "I can figure out what they meant to do so I will accept it". I've seen lots of devices that have the wrong PDL for things like the mute Response. They send perfectly valid, properly formatted RDM packets, the PDL:PDATA fields just don't match what's specified for that particular PID.

But from my perspective the length fields are *not* part of the same philosophical debate. Because the checksum is so weak, if the lengths don't match then the packet is corrupt. If you ignore the lengths, Interesting things can happen. Imagine if a 0x00 byte got dropped from a packet such that the checksum ended up in the PDATA fields.
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