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Interoperability Conformance Specifications

Interoperability Conformance Specifications (ICS) are a core part of iccMAX. They specify the requirements for an iccMAX profile sub-class for a particular use case, such as biomedical imaging, n-colour printing, etc. An ICS defines a sub-set of the iccMAX specification, but does not specify any additional elements already defined in iccMAX.

ICS requirements
An ICS shall define the contents of the header, any required elements, any optional elements, and the intended workflow including connections to colour space and other profiles (both v4 and iccMAX as applicable). Where multiProcessElements are present, the required content of such elements should be specified, as in the example ICS below.

CMM requirements
An iccMAX-compatible CMM shall support those iccMAX tags, types and structures defined by the ICS which it is designed to support. It is not required to support all iccMAX elements.

Use of an ICS
An ICS has three primary uses:

  1. As a guide for profile generators to determine how to build an iccMAX profile for a given use case
  2. As a guide for conformance tools designed to check the validity of an iccMAX profile (either in general or for a particular use case)
  3. As a guide for colour management users to aid selection of profile sub-classes and profiles for a particular workflow

Ideally all iccMAX profiles should be associated with an ICS. However, the iccMAX Reference Implementation will continue to support all conforming profiles.

ICS documents are approved by the ICC Steering Committee and registered in the ICS registry. Organisations wishing to register an ICS should download the ICS Template and after completion submit it to the ICC Technical Secretary.

Example ICS
The n-colour Separation ICS follows the current recommended layout for ICS documents.