[Openicc] What is exactly needed: Embedded Profile in CUPS raster !!

Richard Hughes hughsient at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 02:29:28 PDT 2011

On 2 June 2011 09:07, Alastair M. Robinson <blackfive at fakenhamweb.co.uk> wrote:
> Using the Choose Profile -> Implies Printer Settings paradigm does solve a
> number of issues and I think it's pretty compelling.

That might make sense from your very specialist point of view, but
really, not for the 99.999% of other people.

FACT : Real world users don't understand how color profiles work.

If you're asking any of the people here
http://colord.hughsie.com/profiles.html to select the profile and then
get limited to having glossy paper at 600dp, with the controls grayed
out. Forcing the mental model of "Create a specific profile to get a
specific print condition" does not make any sense at all from people
that "just want printed document to look right".

It's completely backwards to put the profile before the print
conditions, except for a tiny fraction of super-users doing things
like printing on teeshirts with 7 color printers that frequently
switch ink sets and cloth material types.

We need to design for the 99%, and leave the 1% to use specialist
print programs. Trying to design a framework and UI for both sets of
users is a sure way to making them unusable for 100% of users.


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