Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 13:34:34 CDT

At 2:18 PM -0400 5/26/04, David Mertz wrote:
>On May 26, 2004, at 1:48 PM, Karl Auerbach wrote:
>>Sure we can study it. But I can guarantee that having a screen that can
>>handle such a everything one one screen is going to add mightily to the
>>cost of the system, not only initial cost, but also in terms of cost of
>>warehousing, shipping, and setup.
>Nah.... a 17" flat screen isn't terribly expensive, nor terribly
>difficult to store. We're not talking about a 30" screen here.
>>We have an extremely narrow window of opportunity - once printing
>>DRE's are purchased our day is done and we become a "could have
>>been" technology.
>There's definitely something to this window of opportunity thing.
>But I'm not sure ruling out compliance with FEC guidelines for
>minimizing page turns prompts success.
>>Yes, I've seen it - it lacks things like the full paragraph proposition
>>descriptions that tend to make up a major part of the ballots in places
>>like California. It's also hard to read and use - the sweet spots are
>>small and hard to hit.
>This is a flaw with the demo as coded, not with the design. The hot
>spot for selecting a candidate/choice should not be only the little
>circle at left, but the entire square around the candidate name,
>including the circle. Given that larger area, even stubby fingers
>have a fairly easy time picking a selection.
>Full paragraph propositions are definitely not full-face friendly.
>However, we probably want a 17" (or larger) monitor for presenting
>full paragraphs to voters with aging eyes, even in paginated
>designs. 18 point fonts are a lot easier to read than 10 point ones.

Let's separate out the issue of large screen from full-face voting.
One can use a large screen without full-face voting. One can have a
multi-contest display with any size screen. Minimizing page turns
could mean a multi-contest display; it does not necessarily mean
full-face voting.

For example, we could display a collection of judicial races on one
screen (in one column!), rather than including those races along with
contests for President and cat-catcher.

I think that multi-column displays are often confusing.

By the way, larger touch screen monitors are significantly more
expensive than smaller ones. Here's an example of such comparison
(retail) pricing:

Best regards,

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