2006.12.05 15:52 "[Tiff] Grayscale, or is it?", by Joris Van Damme

2006.12.05 17:34 "Re: [Tiff] Grayscale, or is it?", by Joris Van Damme


For scientific/sensing applications, grayscale can mean almost anything, but for most of the world grayscale is Rec.601 Luma with gamma = 1/2.2. That is because grayscale for TVs came first and color was added later. For modern computer and HDTV displays, Rec.709 Luma is more appropriate, but it is still based on gamma = 1/2.2.

In other words, if you need to display the TIFF greyscale on an sRGB monitor, then you're not applying any gamma correction to it, which is consistent LibTiff RGBA interface implementation, and very likely consistent with 95% of common practice out there?

Do you agree that this most common practice violates the quoted remark from the spec?

(I'm not being religious about the spec here, I'm merely trying to sort things out and arrive at a consensus in the mailing list and mailing list archive.)

Best regards,

Joris Van Damme
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