Oh c'mon now! So cynical for such a young man...
Let me start:
Luminous Landscape Guidelines for File DeliveryStep 1: Workstation setup and standards
Good color-accurate calibrated display
General purpose calibration settings: 6500K, 2.2 Gamma, Luminance ~140Step 2: Communication with client
Determine client use and preferences for file delivery
Negotiate fees for preparation to those requests
Step 3: Determine processing "mode", ie, "Early Binding" or "Late Binding".Early Binding-
Files are processed for specific use as specified by client.
Examples: Offset printing, web/multimedia, fine reproductionLate Binding-
Files are processed to accommodate reasonable forseeable usage, allowing editing in post for specific applications.
Suggested procedures: (all presuming "unless otherwise requested by client")
Early Binding: ... (Jeff? Chris?)
Communication with Prepress is a prerequisite.
Obtain profile for proofing device
Adjust RGB to fit within proofing gamut and convert to CMYK under strict parameters of prepress requirements.
Include RGB files with CMYK as well as a "readme" explaining parameters of conversion.
(RGB should be "backwards converted", that is, converted to RGB from the CMYK to assure displayed colors can be printed.)
Files are delivered at final size with USM applied as per the prepress request.
SWOP certified proofs accompany image files, signed by client.
Inclusion of "Limits of Liability" in contract, or with "readme" on disk.
Files are adjusted and "soft proofed" to keep within gamut for forseeable usage
Files are delivered in AdobeRGB in 8-bit
Files are delivered in native resolution.
(alt: Files are delivered sized to 120% of native resolution)
Files are "pre-sharpened", but not "final-sharpened".
Where applicable files are delivered with sample "Colorchecker target" image prepped to the same standards.
Guidelines and instructions are included with files in "readme" attachment.
Come on... how 'm I doin? If they can do it on Wikipedia we can do it here.