Here is a very good authoritative article. Note that monitor brightness, contrast, and color temperature are all set manually. The choices made are intended to provide a monitor calibrated to match a well calibrated printer.
Well, I finally read the article and I'm sorry to say that Jim has a lot of stuff wrong (or mostly wrong with enough right that it may escape a casual read). Jim claims that Apple has had a default gamma of 1.8 and that was only changed with Snow Leopard (10.6.
. Sorry, but Apple quit "defaulting" to 1.8 about a decade ago (once Apple quit selling Laserwriter printers).
Jim's also wrong'ish regarding the current thinking (in fact, a lot of Jim's thinking is pretty old school) about an optimal white balance. The further you try to move a display off it's native state, the more work the profile has to do...this is particularly true of any display that doesn't have internal calibration settings like the NEC has.
The other thing he doesn't mention at all is luminance targets for display calibration and profiling...so he's ignoring 1/3 of the display triad of major, critical factors.
Sorry, while Jim certainly comes off as "scholarly" (he is, after all, an academic) I'm not real sure he has a lot of real world experience (he even admits the only printer he has is a cheapo inkjet printer that came with his computer–that was in his first post).
Can you calibrate and profile a display to D50, Gamma 1.8 and get good results? Yes...but with current LCDs, unless you have a display that can calibrate internally (or you are using a 10-bit display pipeline and Photoshop on Windows) trying to calibrate a current LCD to D50 and gamma 1.8 is gonna be less accurate if your display pipeline is 8-bit/channel.
I have some friends at RIT (my alma mater) and I think I'll need to ping them and see if I can get in touch with Jim and teach him a few things...
So, a "very good authoritative article"? Nope, it's a very basic and somewhat flawed article at best. Sorry...
Now, if you want to learn how to properly calibrate and profile a display, just ask. Andrew (or I) are willing to help. But the very idea that you should wank on a display calibration to make your image on screen look like your print went out back in the old EFI Color Cachet which was around in the early 1990's. Modern thoughts are to calibrate to a standard: which I suggest be in the D65, gamma 2.2 with luminance output at about 150 cd/m˛ and match your viewing environment to match your display environment so the print can match your display (not the other way around. Oh, for these of you with NEC displays, I also suggest using a 250/1 contrast range which more closely matches the contrast range you can get off a glossy print.