[Openicc] Color Management for Ubuntu

Graeme Gill graeme at argyllcms.com
Wed May 4 08:31:02 PDT 2011

Scott Geffert wrote:
> bodies can champion best practices of the entire industry. I look at this list and I
> worry because I see no overall vision, just a handful of people bantering about
> minutia. Where is the big picture? What party can we turn to to begin to take these
> great ideas into a broader industry wide event like the adoption of f stops in
> photography?

Sketching big pictures is easy. Making things work in a way that matches a big picture
is where things get hard, particularly when many elements from different parties
are meant to work together.

Many of the parties that establish standards, formal and defacto, simply don't
understand many of the issues with color, and largely don't care about them.

A lot of the big players put effort into color some time ago, and now regard
it as "done", even though it's only half done. [How many developers do you
think Microsoft and Apple have currently working full time on color management ?
My guess would be 2 - one for each of them!]

I'm not at all comfortable with all the calls for the ICC to "fix it either" -
they aren't necessarily in the position to have such influence, and the
track record of the ICC is mixed. In my opinion there are many notable
examples of the ICC producing confused and slanted elements to the standard.
I currently feel much more comfortable with the ICC striving to producing color
mechanisms (ie. the profile standard) that are clean and usage neutral, and leaving
policy alone.

Graeme Gill.

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