Re: FAQ # 25

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2003 - 17:08:12 CST

On Dec 15, 2003, at 4:13 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

>> I urge that we deemphasize or eliminate the phrase "bar code" from
>> our discussion. Yes, the prototype uses a bar code, but as quickly
>> as possible, we should move away from the use of bar codes and toward
>> OCR,
> I know at least one person here that might agree (Dennis has been
> saying
> that for some time).

And I said it to you last summer, but that's beside the point.

> But I think we have a workable model. Until another workable model is
> demonstrated, we should stick with it.

I agree, the bar code certainly goes in the prototype, but we don't
need to write the FAQ as if we're ruling out the alternatives. We
want to claim intellectual ownership, or at least, we want to claim
the right to use a broad swath of competing technologies that include
bar codes but are by no means limited to their use.

Let's not let our FAQ answers box us in, and let's not give answers
that lead others to dismiss what we're doing because it uses bar

                                Doug Jones
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