Re: Re: Barcode -- printed ballot

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Sep 08 2003 - 14:51:49 CDT

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From: "Jan Karrman" <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: Barcode -- printed ballot

> On Fri, 29 Aug 2003, Alan Dechert wrote:
>
> > We also need to find some free barcode software. I found this but I'm
not
> > sure it will work for us since it seems to need a Postscript printer,
which
> > may be too expensive for the demo.
> >
> > http://user.it.uu.se/~jan/barfonts/
> >
>
> One can use Ghostscript (http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/index.html)
> as a filter to print postscript on non-postscript printers. I even
> believe this is standard when installing a printer under Linux.
> There is a GPL version of Ghostscript available.
>
> If postscript is okay, maybe the printed ballot should be made
> entirely in postscript, at least for the demo? ...
>
Sounds okay to me.

> Or has somebody
> already done this?
>
Not that I know of. I'm not sure what the printed ballot looks like in the
software yet. This is just something I dummied up in Word:
http://home.earthlink.net/~adechert/printed-ballot.gif

> Otherwise, I can make a postscript version of
> it - I handcode postscript all the time. For the demo, I suppose
> it would be sufficient to only support iso-8859-1 (contains most
> western European language characters), ....
>
David Mertz, the Dev Lead is probably the right person to answer this.

> ... and ignore problems like text overflow caused by too many
> selections, very long names etc?
>
There should be no issue with too many selections. The software will
prohibit overvotes. The demo will have a limited number of contests and
candidates.

The only overflow issue (for the demo) I can imagine would be with write-in
names. I suggest we allow some maximum after which we truncate ... maybe 25
characters. Besides that, we should probably limit the input in the routine
for writing in candidate names to whatever that number is. Frankly, if
someone is writing in a name that has more than 25 characters, they're
probably just screwing around anyway. DONALD DUCK is 11 chars. ARNOLD
SCHWARTZNEGGER'S WIFE is 28 characters.

Alan D.
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