The H5IM API supporting 16b pixel format ?

Hi all,

Do you know if there is a plan to upgrade H5IM API with 16b pixel format support ?
There is a need to store pixel coded on 16b such as:

herr_t H5IMmake_image_48bit ( hid_t loc_id, const char *dset_name, hsize_t width, hsize_t height, const char *interlace, const unsigned short *buffer)

– storing short instead of char –