Standards and Practices
Standards help laserists and help the industry by insuring compatibility and interoperability between components and systems. Practices are methods of doing things that simplify operations or save time and effort.
The only body within the industry that currently
sets standards is the Technical Committee of ILDA (the International Laser
Display Association). ILDA is a non-profit trade association and
some members donate volunteer time and expertise to the technical
committee. Since the setting of standards is done by consensus, it
can take some time to get a preliminary standard in place, and then to
refine the standard based on input for ILDA's membership at large.
are a relatively new phenomena in the laser industry. Most of the
standards reproduced here date back less than 10 years. Standards came
about as the industry grew and co-production (multiple laser companies
involved in a show or event) become more common. Laserists found
themselves spending a lot of time to convert frames from one format to
another or soldering cables and adapters to interconnect hardware.
Practices are ideas and methodologies that are in common use in the industry but which have no official sanction and are not entrenched in a recognized standard. They are presented here as information that many have contributed to this web site as they are commonly used. There is no consensus on these practices, and it is not required that laserists adhere to these practices in order for systems to work together.
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