[OVC-demo-team] Voting station integration

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Mon Feb 16 2004 - 22:30:04 CST

Hello all,

Alan has set an ambitious goal for us. In just a couple of weeks we
need to be able to demonstrate, even with bugs, that we are near a
demo. Note that demos are "scripted", meaning that the person who is
running it knows what bugs to avoid. Don't freak, we can do this!

At this time we do need to take the simplest route to integration. I'm
all for just displaying the graphic that Alan has produced and had
approved for the demo. A simple interface such as pygames seems a
strait forward approach to event management (selections) and transforms
(indicating what the voter selected). Here's the work flow:

1) Display the instructions screen (can be blank for now)
2) Display the ballot
3) Collect selections, disallow illegal entries
4) Print ballot

In more detail:

At 1) Need a continue button, note we are not dealing with repeated
votes for the demo. We will develop the actual instructions at a later
date once the rough demo is in place.

At 2) We need someone to measure the rectangles that define each of the
ballot selections and the selection groups and put these into a file we
can add to the ballot information ASAP! This is information that will
be needed for debugging during the rest of the software development.
Takers???

At 3) This step needs to gen an XML file that Jan's printing subsystem
can read. Work with Jan on the format. Please don't try to get too
general about checking for illegal entries, there are only about 3
ballot types.

At 4) We need a debug mode that will display the postscript Jan's
software creates.

The aim here is simplicity and integration. Please let me know which
portions you are working on and if you see areas where we can make this
simpler.

Do check in your incremental changes, even if they break at this point.

Thanks!

        -Fred-

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