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Standardization of Perceptually Based Image Quality for Printing Systems (ISO/IEC JTC1 SC28 and INCITS W1.1)

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With the single exception of ISO 13660, there are no generally accepted international standards for describing the image quality of printing systems. ISO 13660 provides simple guidelines for the quantitative measurement of many aspects of image quality for binary, monochrome, printing systems, and has had a significant impact in the printing industry. However, as in most measures of imaging system performance, the visual significance of a measurement difference is not addressed in ISO 13660. This weakness prevents a truly meaningful comparison of printing system specifications. To address this weakness, and to provide evaluation methods applicable to more capable systems incorporating gray-level and full-color imaging technologies, INCITS W1, the U.S. representative of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC28, has been chartered to develop an appearance-based image quality standard. This paper will describe the objectives, the development process, the current status, and the results achieved so far by the many contributors to the development of this standard.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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