Re: 76-Contest Ballot Reformatted

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 15:39:42 CDT

At 11:27 AM -0700 6/5/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>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.

If someone wants to make the changes to abbreviations to my word
version, I'll be happy to generate a PDF version with the real PDF.
I think, though, that the English contest names *should* be in OCR as
a cross-check verification.

Best regards,
Arthur

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