full face voting and low vision.

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Nov 24 2003 - 16:57:06 CST

I was reading over the demo desideratta and noted that the demo will
highlight the use of luxuriously large screens.
Two things can be noted. Some states have "full-face" ballot
requirements and "font-size" minima. These two combine to make one of
the major obstacles to ATM-style voting.
Fullface means that all candidates for an office must all appear on the
same page--no body gets pushed to page 2. There have been races where
there were so many candidates that there were problems with choosing a
font that could fit this. THis becomes even worse on video displays
were legibility is worse than paper.

hence the luxuriously large screens neatly relax this problem and give
this system an advantage. THis advantage is not one in the mind of
joe-voter, but its one recurrent hassle that is on the minds of
election officers in many states.

There is however such a thing as TOO big. My low vision grandma had
macular degeneration which means you see only with perifirial vision
not foveal vision. After some experimenting I discovered to my
surprise that the bigger the screen the harder it was for her to read
documents with her close circuit magnification system. there is such
a thing as right-sizing the screen and in her case about 13 inches with
a working distance of hunched over person at a computer monitor worked
best. This allowed her to move her head with respect to the screen to
place anything in her perifrial vision.

Two other vision aids were helpful to her as well. one was the
commonly seen inverted white on black display. the other was to be
able to window the screen so that only a 1" narrow horizontal (or
vertical) strip was visible. This helps people connect an item on the
left side of the screen with an item on the right.

for example the following typical bill was impossible for her to read
without the narrow slot eye-guides.

labor 23.34
parts 44.43
Total $79.85

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