[argyllcms] Re: Color management in Firefox

  • From: Graeme Gill <graeme@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:50:48 +1000

Chris Lilley wrote:

> Bug 693179 - Enabling ICC version 4 color management on Fx8+ causes lagging 
> video frames during video playback of embedded Flash videos. 
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=693179

Yes, it's not a trivial weekend project to implement color management well - a 
little effort
is needed. One way that could happen is if someone decides that it's going to 
be a distinguishing
feature, ie. aim for "If color is important, use FireFox" type of reputation, 
the
sort of thing that Apple used to have but is rapidly loosing (ie. non-color 
managed
iPods/iPhones & iPads).

But if it's going to work across a wide range of systems and circumstances then
it is a project, not a hack. The first smart move would be to stand on the 
shoulders
of people who have done a lot of the hard work already, by using something like 
lcms,
and concentrate on integrating well. There are certainly enough challenging 
problems
to solve such as figuring out how to do effective color management of 
animations.

> It should also be noted that this color management applies only to raster 
> images, not to other
> page elements (such as colors specified using CSS).

An interesting point I'd like to bring up is that it would be really useful if 
there
were a way of turning color management off when setting a color via Java Script.

That way things like the Argyll's web test window could reliably know that it is
testing the underlying display, and not trying to profile through a profile
(This assumes that some browsers eventually get around to implementing
color management properly of course!)

Graeme Gill.

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