Originally Posted by mark haflich
(the) whole system of calibration is based on a defined standardized viewer Color standards are valuable but intrinsically they are flawed because they assume and are based on a defined standard viewer.
The Standard Observer formulas are designed to do color matching, not perceptual matching. This is the crux of your misunderstanding of the science.
What the Standard Observer can do is make two dissimilar spectral responses appear as the same color to the same viewer, viewing the disimilar spectral responses at the same time in the same viewing environment. It factors out yellow cataract eyes, or more/less ambient light. It also gets to the heart of what calibration is, color matching. Calibration doesn't approach perceptive models in the least currently. All it can do now is make color match, and the 1931 Standard Observers do a wonderful job of that most of the time, but research is ongoing and the brightest minds in color science are working on better color matching functions.
I understand that you are dissatisfied with the current state of the art science for perceptive models. So are people at the Rochester Institute of technology. Brilliant people are researching models that factor in environment to produce more complete perceptual models that could be applicable to calibration in the future. But it's not completed work at this point. Like all scientific fields there are the well understood areas and the partially understood fringe. I can't think of any field of science that I didn't wish we knew more about and color science is no different. It's 2013, I want flying cars, cold fusion and better color perceptual models, unfortunately none of them are here.
Before I worked for SpectraCal, I worked in a graphic design studio as their web developer. I've seen first hand the problems associated with color management. Color management and it's associated products have a real value to professionals dealing with color critical art. Creative professionals can be extremely critical of minute differences in color, and the ability match multiple systems to reproduce color in a reliably similar fashion is extremely valuable for those people. It saves them time and money and therefore has worth.
I understand your frustration, but venting it at the entire industry is not productive or accurate. If you have issues with specific practices of specific calibrators or businesses, those are things that might be worthy of addressing. In the meantime, I wake up every morning trying to move the ball forward some amount.