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Chapter 2. Color Management in Windows X... > What Is System-Level Color Managemen...

What Is System-Level Color Management?

You learned in Chapter 1 that color management systems arose out of the need for laypersons to ensure color predictability in the desktop publishing environment, rather than relying on traditional experts trained in proprietary imaging systems. You also learned that the first color management systems were developed by a variety of competing companies—which meant that they used proprietary profile formats and interfaces that made them difficult to use with other tools and applications. The International Color Consortium was formed to establish color management standards to help foster color compatibility among devices and software. These standards are now widely supported by color-imaging hardware and software vendors, as well as platform vendors such as Microsoft and Apple.

Without system-level color management, each application and device vendor would need to implement color management itself. This would likely result in a great deal of incompatibility between various devices and applications, not to mention that smaller vendors might not have the resources to implement comprehensive color management. One solution is to integrate a color management system into the operating system so that all devices and applications can use its capabilities in the same manner.


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