Re: XML Matters: Practical XML data design and manipulation for voting systems

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jun 28 2004 - 14:02:13 CDT

David,

> http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-matters36.html
>
This is excellent! Thanks!

A couple of very small quibbles. You say EBIs and REBIs are "not generally
byte-wise identical to their corresponding EBIs because write-in names are
not recorded in full on barcodes." In production, assuming we go with 2-D
barcodes, there would be no reason not to include write-ins. With 1-D
barcodes, the reason for excluding them was compelling. The main reason
EBIs and REBIs are not byte-wise identical is that they indicate their
source (voting machine or bar code scan).

Here's another nice feature of using XML for the ballot I would like to see
in print somewhere: It provides another manual human-friendly audit
capability. That is, a person can read the text from the EBI or REBI and
compare it with the printed ballot to verify that the selections on paper
match the electronic record.

Thanks again.

Alan Dechert
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