Any comments on this algorithm...

I am writing a animator/format converter for Unreal Tournament...game related, I know.

Anyway, I need a little help with this algorithm from 3DS2UNR developed by Legend Entertainment:

Packed Vertex = ( int( v.X * 8.0 ) & 0x7ff ) |

(( int( v.Y * 8.0 ) & 0x7ff ) << 11 ) |

(( int( v.Z * 4.0 ) & 0x3ff ) << 22 )

I can tell you also that:

* v.X, v.Y, and v.Z are all 4-byte floats

* Packed Vertex is a single 4-byte signed integer

Now I'm guessing that the program multplies each vertex by either 8.0 (x, y ) or 4.0 (z). However, I am not too sure as what exactly the bitwise AND operator (&) or the | operator do.

I know it would be asking a lot for the exact manner in which this algorithm works but if anyone could shed any light it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks