A new agreement has brought the IT industry one step closer to a universal colour standard. Hewlett-Packard, Corel and Pantone last week announced their support for Standard RGB (sRGB). Accelerating the adoption of a single industry-wide standard will aid graphics professionals across the board. HP will use sRGB as the default colour space for all its future printers and scanners. CorelDraw 8 and Pantone ColorWeb Pro will also use sRGB as its default colour space. sRGB is already being supported by the W3 consortium, which has chosen it as the standard colour space for the Web. It will also be used in future versions of the Windows operating system, as well as in High Definition Television (HDTV) and in many digital cameras. However, sRGB has come under fire from some industry observers who fear its success might derail another emerging standard, ICC (International Color Consortium). Historically, there have been two heavily used ways to define a specific colour. Monitors and scanners typically use RGB, which represents a colour by values of the primary colours red, green and blue. Printers, on the other hand, use CMYK, which analyses a colour in its values of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Conversion between these two colour systems leads to inaccurate and unpredictable results, a constant cause of headaches for graphics professionals.
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