The First Color Imaging Conference in 1993 was organized around the theme of “Transforms and Transportability” and included an invited paper entitled “A Short History of Device Independent Color.” Several developments since then have affected the idea of device independent color and its application to color imaging. These developments include the ICC, which was founded in the same year that this conference series started; the formation of CIE Division 8; the introduction of sRGB and other RGB color spaces; the standardization of color appearance models; the growing use of spectral reproduction techniques; the development of the image state concept; and the phenomenal growth of the web. This paper will update the history of device independent color, describing how device independent color and color interchange and reproduction have been influenced by these developments and what we've heard at past Color Imaging Conferences.
Robert R. Buckley, "The History of Device Independent Color – 10 Years Later" in Proc. IS&T 10th Color and Imaging Conf., 2002, pp 41 - 46, https://doi.org/10.2352/CIC.2002.10.1.art00010