Turn on color management in Firefox 3

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Firefox 3 has support for color profiles. Previously, only Safari did. Safari support is on by default, Firefox 3's is off. The problem with profile support in a browser is that currently, few people design browser related things with profiles- so if your browser supports them, you may get wacky (but correct) color. Images that no longer match hexadecimal defined color and that sort of thing. For a long time I was frustrated because Safari wasn't displaying my images correctly- then I found out that it wasn't Safari; it was every one else.

But who is right doesn't matter. If correct color ruins the experience, what good is it? Tough decision; but times are changing- and I think this situation will slowly improve. I turned mine on and lived to post this entry.

If you have Firefox 3 and want to turn on color management, this is how I did it:

  1. Open Firefox 3.
  2. In the address bar, enter about:config When you hit "enter," you'll be shown an idiot box warning you away. Click the button that says, "I'll be careful, honest!"
  3. At the top of the page that loads is a text field labeled "Filter". In that field enter color_management (or you can scroll down to the correct line...)
  4. You want the line gfx.color_management.enabled
  5. Double click that line of text. "Default" becomes user set and "false" becomes true
  6. Quit Firefox. When you re-launch, color management is enabled.

This is documented several places: Brad Carlile Photo Blog and the dria.org blog to mention two.

ADDITIONAL: There's good information about color management in browsers at Gary Ballard's personal website. Under "Why is Color Management Important", there's a great before and after image. Remarkable way to drive this home.

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tiffany said:

my firefox was working fine yesterday, but then i clicked on something on a page (not a weird page, just myspace) and suddenly the whole page looked different. all fonts are times new roman, all the pages are white, and all the text is blue or black. there are no images. how do i fix this?

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