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Re: Default colors vs. gamma

From: Alex Perez
Subject: Re: Default colors vs. gamma
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 13:02:20 -0700 (PDT)

On 11 Oct 2004, Pascal Bourguignon wrote:

> And for gamma-newbies around here like me, why should the gamma be 1.6
> rather than 1.0?  Why shouldn't we keep 'absolute' values for colors
> (gamma=1.0) everywhere?

This is another point of contention I have with these 1.6 gamma zealots. 
1.6 is an arbitrary gamma value, and is not correct for every (quite 
possibly even most) monitors, but "they" won't tell you that. They just 
blindly tell everyone to set their gamma to 1.6, and the ignorant and 
innocent newbies do it, often without question. Several of these 
high-gamma advocates don't even understand what they're recommending to 
people (this is of course my opinion and my opinion only).

For a brief and easy-to-understand overview of Gamma, read
http://www.photoscientia.co.uk/Gamma.htm . For a more in-depth 
explanation, see http://www.cgsd.com/papers/gamma.html

I urge everyone here to administer themselves a very large amount of 
sanity before making brash and ill-informed arguments about what someone 
else's gamma SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be. 

Alex Perez
"Your gamma is either set to 1.6, or you are with the terrorists!"

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