Better color from future browsers

I was pleased to see this at CNET News, and it answered a question I’ve had for a while: why pictures look so much richer on my own screen than online. Safari already gives better colors, but Firefox is supposed to introduce improvements in this area this summer.

For now, there’s little point employing the more sophisticated color schemes on the Web. IE, Firefox and Opera can’t display them, and worse, Adobe RGB images, for example, typically look worse than sRGB on the Web. That’s because the non-Safari browsers, incorrectly interpreting an Adobe RGB image as sRGB, drain the images of some of their color.

Not so with Safari. Apple machines are in widespread use among graphics professionals, and the operating system supports color encoding schemes that are called profiles and are standardized by a group called the International Color Consortium (ICC). Safari checks to see whether an image is tagged with a particular ICC color profile and displays it accordingly, tuned to work with the user’s monitor.

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One Response to “Better color from future browsers”

  1. Rade Says:

    Gonna be interesting to see how well FF will manage = )

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