Re: EVM2003 Status Report(s)

From: Cory Hamma <evm_at_wabbiter_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 13 2003 - 10:08:57 CST

I like the simplicity of the auditory interface that has been designed.
Has there been any thought to the handling of write-in votes using the
interface, or is this something that will be put off until after the demo?

Two thoughts came to mind -- spelling the write in name using recorded
letters, (easy) or using a text-to-speech interface like Festival to say
the name (more difficult).

In any case, the user should be able to hear the letter as it is typed,
and when the backspace key is pressed, so they know which letter they
are removing, perhaps something like "delete a". When they are done
with the entry and press the key to enter, it should read (or spell)
their entry.

Also, I would be happy to record the wav files. Is there any script
written for them, or should I just download the wav files already
created and re-record them, or figure out which wav files need to be
recorded on my own?


Jan Karrman wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Nov 2003, Alan Dechert wrote:
>>Jan has taken the lead on this important task. He has finished the ballot
>>printing function. Jan: please provide a status report on this. You
>>mentioned that you need some help. What specifically do you need help with?
> Mostly design issues, like what should happen if the voter presses the
> Up Arrow key at a certain stage.
> A technical question: Can one interrupt an audio file playing, using
> the arrow keys? If there is a lengthy description of a contest that
> the voter is familiar with, and just wants to skip the intro. One
> cannot expect the voter to type Ctrl-C. The audio files will probably
> be played by calling os.system(), os.spawnl() or similar. I suppose
> it can be played in a background process, and since os.spawnl() returns
> the process-id, it can be killed, but is there some better way?
> Someone else have to record the audio files. We don't want to have
> an application that sounds like the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show,
> do we ;-)
> /Jan
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