Re: [Gimp-developer] [Gegl-developer] Don't make an architectural mistake based on a groundless premise

On 11 October 2014 13:41, Elle Stone <ellestone ninedegreesbelow com> wrote:

On 10/10/2014 07:49 PM, Øyvind Kolås wrote:

This is not about how images with no embedded profile are handled.
sRGB derived 8bit (and to a lesser degree 16bit) formats are used for
many other things than images with no embedded profile.

You falsely assume that 8-bit images are always sRGB images and that
16-bit integer images are probably sRGB images.

No-one said always. sRGB is however the most common for 8-bit images.

These pixel
formats are crucical for integrating with existing file formats and

File formats that only work with sRGB images should not impact
color-managed image editing. Advise the user to convert to sRGB.

Accurate UI colors is a desktop color management issue, entirely
irrelevant to programming a color-managed image editor.

The application needs to interface with the desktop (windowing system).
GIMP uses GTK+ for that, which uses Cairo APIs for rendering - which
basically assumes 8-bit sRGB. I suspect that on X11/Linux these assumptions
go deeper in the graphics stack as well.  Yes, it is not right, but such is
the state of things. We will have to improve it step-by-step.

Jon Nordby -

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