ISO & the graphics industry

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Laurel Brunner

The International Standards Organisation prides itself on its fairness and balance, and on its commitment to promoting international trade. For the graphics industry this has been mainly visible in the ISO 2846 standards for specifying the colour and transparency printing inks for various analogue printing processes. And of course the ISO 12647 series.

This group of nine documents specifies requirements for process control for the production of halftone colour separations, proofs and production prints, also for various printing processes, although not digital printing. And then there are all of the PDF/X iterations, ISO 15930 for exchanging printing data based on specified criteria. This series is in a constant state of flux as ISO experts work to keep the standards aligned to PDF, a situation that has become less frantic since PDF 2.0 was published.

A revised ISO 12647-2
At a recent international meeting of graphics technology experts, a revision of ISO 12647-2 was discussed. The successful application of ISO 12647-2 amounts to a promise to deliver superior output quality, so resistance to any new ideas for calibration is potent.

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