EVM Homepage template available for inspection

From: Anand Pillai <abpillai_at_nospammail_dot_net>
Date: Mon Aug 11 2003 - 13:09:34 CDT

Hi All
     The EVM 2003 project homepage template is available
for inspection online at the following location.


It is a basic template to showcase the page layout and design.
The url links does not work and the content is not final.

This page is validated as valid HTML 4.0 (Transitional) by the
validator at http://validator.w3.org. In our tests, the page
rendered equally well with IE 6.0, Mozilla 1.4, Netcape 7.0 and
Opera 7.1.

The page uses a cascading style sheet that render to a
top/bottom navigation without the style sheet or on pure-text
browsers like lynx.

I request members with access to Mac OS to validate the
template on Mac specific browsers like Safari and Icab.

The page designer is Matteo Giacomazzi.

If this template is agreed upon, the content writers could
start working on adding valid content to the page and update
it on the evm 2003 project homepage.



On Mon, 11 Aug 2003 16:15:12 +0200, "Matteo Giacomazzi"
<giacomazzi@programmazione.it> said:
> Hi Anand,
> AP> Hi matteo
> AP> I have uploaded your page to this location.
> AP> http://sithara.freezope.org/evm2003/homepage/template_1.html
> AP> When I try to validate this page with the W3C HTML validator, I
> AP> get some errors. One of which I fixed, but the following one still
> AP> remains.
> AP> I am copy/pasting the error text here.
> AP>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> AP> 1. Line 122, column 7: end tag for element "P" which is not open
> AP> (explain...).
> AP> </p>
> AP> ^
> AP>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> AP> I cannot make much out of it since the <p> tag is there in your
> AP> html at about Line 105.
> I think the problem is given by the fact that I've inserted a <div>
> tag (block level) into a <p> tag (inline).
> I arranged that part, now it validates and displays without
> differences.
> AP> I notice that you are using the header tags <h2> freely inside the
> AP> body of the HTML. Is this valid ? Could the valdator report an
> AP> error somewhere else because of this ?
> Of course it's valid! ^_^
> Should I use titles and sub-titles only at the very beginning of the
> document? :)
> AP> Please check this, you can validate a local page also at the
> AP> following location.
> AP> http://validator.w3.org/
> AP> Please validate the HTML before you send a new version to me.
> I did it, thanks! Now it validates!
> AP> If we announce a non-validated page to the list, we are sure to
> AP> get a lot of mail bombs ! :-)
> Yep!!!!
> --
> Regards,
> Matteo
> mailto:giacomazzi@programmazione.it

  Anand Pillai
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The Electronic Voting Machine Project

Silicon Valley Computer Scientists Team Up to Demonstrate Free Voting Machine

Scientists and engineers from the Silicon Valley have started a project aimed at developing a PC based voting machine they claim will be easier to use, more tamper-resistant, and cheaper than commercially available voting machines.

Computerized voting offers many advantages over traditional systems, including,

PCs that are four to five years old exist in great abundance and have more than enough power to make great voting machines. More than 25 million such PCs are retired annually in the United States alone. Less than 10 percent of these discarded PCs would be needed for all the voting booths in the U.S.

The concept has already been demonstrated in Australia where, in 2001, the Australian Capital Territory government commissioned the development of open source software to run on trailing-edge PCs set up in polling places as voting machines.

The project, known as EVM, includes participants from around the United States as well as a few developers from overseas. EVM will differ from the Australian system in several ways. Most importantly, the machine will include a printer from which a completed paper ballot will be produced. It will work with either a touch screen or a regular monitor and mouse.

The project developer, Alan Dechert, got EVM going with help from Stanford computer scientist David Dill, who referred several people to him. Arthur Keller, a UC Santa Cruz computer science professor, recruited a former student of his, Adrianne Yu Wang of San Jose, to be the Project Lead. Along with Ed Cherlin of Cupertino and Jack Walther of Santa Cruz, they chose to use the "Python" computer language for development of the demonstration system. Douglas W. Jones, a University of Iowa computer science professor and world-renowned expert on voting technology, is taking a very active role as advisor and mentor.

Dr. David Mertz of Massachusetts, a well-known writer on computer programming issues, has also taken a very active role. Other key people include QA Lead Matt Shomphe of Los Angeles, and Lead Developer Anand Pillai of Bangalore, India. Van Lindberg (Utah), Skip Montanaro (Illinois), Dennis Paull (California), and Matteo Giacomazzi (Italy) are all contributing their expertise to the project.

The EVM project is using the services offered at SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source software development web site, to store source code and documentation, track issues, and manage the project. The direct URL for the project is at,


EVM project proponents hope that this successful demonstration project will lead to a very large well-funded academic study that will capitalize on other efforts to bring about a modern, reliable, affordable, and fully auditable voting system. While designed to be certified in the United States first, it will be built from the ground up as an international voting machine.

More background information can be found here:


The target for completion of the demonstration project is mid-October. If successful and fully funded, certified ready-to-use software could be available in about a year.


Alan Dechert
4700 Allegretto Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746

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