Re: GUI, hold the widgets

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 22:31:21 CDT

On May 5, 2004, at 10:51 PM, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> Using a gaming platform - no matter how good - is a kiss of death. It
> makes the resulting system easy to dismiss as a toy.
> Also, the voting station is actually the easiest of the stations we
> need
> to build. The reconciliation, and voting place administration stations
> will certainly have much more complex user interfaces that need full
> blown
> GUIs.

I don't think Fred would advocate use of a direct-graphics library like
PyGame for the BRP or administration apps. Of course, he can speak for
himself if I misunderstand. I think his concern was with tamper
resistance for the GUI voting station specifically. His/our concern is
with both the sort of interface subtleties that Doug raises (e.g.
sticky widgets), and also with the sort of subtle ballot modifications
of the sort David Jefferson has raised (or was it Arnie Urkin? The
stuff like altered Referendum language or missing candidates).

BTW, would you feel better if PyGame weren't called 'PyGame'. What if
it were called PyScreenGraphics instead? If that's the sticking point,
we could fork it for a name change (only half kidding).
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