Re: 76-Contest Ballot Reformatted

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 13:27:15 CDT

Charlie,

> My overall feeling is that for machine reading, if it is
> to be robust enought for elections, that in the end it may
> not matter if its OCR-A or times font. And times is
> much more eye pleasing.
>
Like you did, Arthur also used the font in the heading. I see no reason to
do that. The selections should be machine readable but the headings don't
really need to be, imo. We want to avoid context-based machine reading
where possible, but to a certain extent the text *is* unavoidably
context-based.

A stylistic comment regarding abbreviations: I did not duplicate the
Spanish where the Spanish abbreviation was the same as English (e.g. REP DEM
also covers Republicano and Democrata). If we accept this principle, then
it would be unnecessary to duplicate "Judicial Dist., Div." The only reason
I did was because I could fit them on one line. If it takes an extra line,
then I'd suggest not repeating it. Other abbreviations are possible e.g.,
"Metropol." for both Metropolitan and Metropolitano. All of this suggests
that if we look at rules for allowable abbreviations in the various
supported languages, automating the layout of the printout could be quite
challenging. It also reminds me that we need a lot of money to do this
right--besides Poli Sci, economics, law, we need linguists, psychologists,
and probably some other disciplines.

Alan D.
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