Re: Proposed Electronic Ballot Image Format for

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sun Aug 24 2003 - 17:01:52 CDT


Here's another thought relative to your diss'ing my format.

Would you like it more if we got rid of the plain text? We could encode the
other ballot data with 7-ibt characters ... like

Two 7-bit characters could encode 16,384 ballot numbers. This would cover
all possible ballot numbers in our scheme with the first character HEX
giving 16,000 possible ballot numbers.

State and county could be encoded in a single character.. precinct I'm not
sure since different formats are used to identify precincts (like 127B).


Alan D.

> I am extremely wary of this kind of encoding! This is typical of what
> I would have designed in 1975, but I'm not sure I want 1975-style
> design today.
> The problem is, this is very ad-hoc, constrained to be a text file, yet
> with 7-bit encodings of binary data here and plain text there.
> If you're going with a plain text data format, go pure text, with
> n columns reserved for the n ballot positions, X meaning vote, blank
> meaning no vote, and no built-in data compression. If you're going
> for a binary data format, go all the way binary and don't mix binary data
> with text like this.

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