Re: bar code bit encoding

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat Sep 13 2003 - 17:21:14 CDT wrote:
|> btw (especially since that $20 might cost us 50 hours of
|> programmers' time).
|But there are 200,000 polling places in the USA -- we need probably at least
|two (one plus a back up) for each polling place. So people looking at the
|system will be multiplying this figure.

Nah... these polling places are spending $3k+ on each machine now; a few
extra dollars on a better quality scanner doesn't even enter the

In any case, a hand-held scanner will -absolutely- not be acceptable in
production machines. I have doubts about it for the demo too, but it
MIGHT work for that. But for real-life use, a fixed scanner is a
requirement (it's largely for blind voters, after all; they will have
difficulty operating some cheap hand-held thing).

|Not to put too fine a point on it, but the write-ins can be ocr-scanned.

Exactly... by looking at its face.

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