[Openicc] GoSoC 2011: CPD and target printing

Chris Murphy lists at colorremedies.com
Thu May 12 18:35:52 PDT 2011

On May 12, 2011, at 6:21 PM, edmund ronald wrote:

> Chris, 
>  I say applications should have all options open at the behest of the user, including printing targets. 

I have no problem with an application developer having the option to include or not include it.  You do not get to call it an option if it is in fact not a choice. A developer has a responsibility to their users, and I think it's sloppy and inconsiderate to compel all users to wade through a mass of largely irrelevant options used less frequently then a blue moon.

>  You and Mike both say that "special" apps only should be able to print targets. 

It is a suggestion consistent with only certain apps should be able to play poker. I do not believe card game functionality belongs in the print dialog either. There is no good reason why LibreOffice's print dialog needs to be cluttered with near total insanity of options that not one single person in their right mind would choose.

>  Mike has made a very nice printing system that can just about print anything except a target.

The problems on Mac OS X with respect to target printing predate CUPS, and predate Michael's involvement in architecture.

>  I say that if you really want to print targets you are welcome to write an app to print targets, as it's pretty clear that otherwise you won't get one :)

No I'm saying the advocates and programmers of an opt-out color management system are obligated to provide both an app and API for opting out. Simple.

Apple did not do this. And I'm saying the open source Linux distros need to consider very carefully the ramifications of opt-in vs opt-out and the baggage they're going to inherit no mater if the opt out mechanism is application based, API based, or CPD based. All if it will have to be maintained to avoid problems.

Chris Murphy

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