Re: More on voting stations

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 12:09:31 CDT

On May 7, 2004, at 12:54 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>> Laser printers sometimes have a warm-up time. Ink jet printers often
>> start much faster
> That's a big advantage of inkjet printers.

My experience in printing postscript documents to non-postscript
printers, using Ghostscript on relatively fast computers, is that the
time it takes on the computer to rasterize the page is slightly longer
than the time it takes a laser printer to print the rasterized image.

I haven't spent time with a stopwatch quantifying this; but in general,
I usually keep half an eye on the flashing light on my desktop laser
printer, so I know when the data starts transmission to the printer. I
also sometimes print postscript to inkjets.

Anyway, the moral of this is that there will be a certain time delay
for an inkjet to begin printing a postscript document, as well. An
inkjet can start more quickly if it is handling a document using a
native driver, but Ghostscript needs to figure out a whole page worth
of postscript before it knows what the first pixel value is (it needs
to do this in principle, not just as programmed, since postscript
doesn't necessarily describe a page from top to bottom). The total
printing time, in fact, might be lower using a laser than an inkjet

Arthur's argument about toner/cartridge cost seems on target.

> the EVM screen immediately says, "Please wait for your ballot to
> print."

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