Re: More on voting stations

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 13:42:07 CDT

On May 7, 2004, at 1:03 PM, David Mertz wrote:

> On May 7, 2004, at 1:44 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>> I propose as a strawman, the XML ballot as the intermediate document
>> target. It's then simple enough to write converters to postscript or
>> to native printer language(s).
>
> Using a postscript template makes it simple and reliable to substitute
> in ballot-customized values (the particular votes, the ballot-id, the
> barcode, etc) while keeping a fixed overall ballot appearance (the
> election-info header, the watermarks, etc). The template can be OK'd
> by elections officials easily, and we will know individualized ballots
> will share required features.

The problem with Postscript is that Postscript includes a
good chunk of Forth, and is Turing equivalent. Therefore,
postscript documents can do amazing things. Such amazing
things that some Postscript monsters have been created that
can take over the printer when you try to print them,
requiring that the printer be reset before it can be trusted
to work correctly again.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
==================================================================
= The content of this message, with the exception of any external
= quotations under fair use, are released to the Public Domain
==================================================================
Received on Mon May 31 23:17:23 2004

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Mon May 31 2004 - 23:18:16 CDT