Timo considers nonlinearity to be unnatural

Timo considers linear systems to be "natural," and seems to consider faulty any system that is inherently nonlinear. In a Usenet news article, he says,

... linear space is not only mathematically right, but it provides best image quality.

Timo considers the power law of a CRT to be an undesirable characteristic.

Timo suggests that the only coding that can possibly work is linear intensity coding, even - or especially - in 8 bits.

Timo understands physics, but he is uninformed concerning perception. He fails to understand that when we digitize an image, we usually do so for purposes of human viewing.

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See also: Gamma FAQ - Linear and nonlinear coding - Timo and linear coding

Charles Poynton
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