Re: Alternatives to a single bar code

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 22:17:13 CDT

On Wednesday 05 May 2004 09:44, Arthur Keller wrote:
> At 8:58 AM -0700 5/5/04, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:
> >Hello Steve:
> >
> >About the scanners. I like them but I would strongly
> >suggest that a document feeder be required. While I
> >use flat bed scanners all the time, I've often found
> >them quite fussy about paper placement. Also, it
> >would certainly make it easier for the disabled. The
> >scanner I generally use are kind of old and seem slow.
> > Are newer scanners quicker? This could be a
> >usability issue.
> >
> >Thanks, Ed Kennedy
>
> Are document feeders easier to use for the visually impaired?
> Are flatbed scanners with "guides" better for the visually
> impaired?
>
> It's not at all clear, and this question is the kind that
> needs to be part of the research we do, assuming a project
> gets funded.
>
> Best regards,
> Arthur

There are two separate issues.

o The tabulation should be done on sheet-fed scanners that can
handle a hundred or more sheets automatically.

o Voters should verify their ballots on stations optimized for
single-sheet use.

One model is to have a sheet guide that would accept the ballot
in its folder, with a read head fixed in place above it. This
type of configuration is used in some libraries to read bar
codes on books and library cards simultaneously. Note that a
sighted poll worker (under observation to prevent hanky-panky
like opening the folder to read the ballot) can place the ballot
on the station and give the voter the headphones.

-- 
Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
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