Re: Architecture update on barcode obfuscation

From: Anand Pillai <abpillai_at_nospammail_dot_net>
Date: Sun Sep 14 2003 - 13:07:17 CDT

If the name of the xml style file is a problem, I suggest to
use the name 'ballot-frame-style' instead of 'ballot-style'
if it is a sort of reserver word. The 'frame' word in the xml
name should resolve confusion, making it clear to developers
that it points to the actual gui frame and not the style
that Alan refers here.


On Sun, 14 Sep 2003 13:20:24 EDT, said:
> In a message dated 9/13/03 1:24:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > Please see:
> >
> >
> >
> > I have updated the document to describe the XOR-with-repeated-ballot-id
> > obfuscation method, following the suggestions of Jan and Ed.
> >
> > Btw. I endorse Jan's suggestion in a note a few moments ago that the
> > checksum in Code128 is proper and adequate error correction (at least
> > for the demo).
> >
> > Also, pay attention to Jan's mention that we are using Code128's compact
> > representation of digits-only strings.
> >
> This is all quite excellent.
> One word of caution for your architecture document. "Ballot style" is a
> kind
> of reserved word in elections parlance. It refers to the mix of
> candidates
> and issues that may appear on a given ballot within a jusrisdiction. So,
> Sacramento County has 900 precincts but perhaps over 200 "ballot styles"
> due to the
> fact that different contests (state/federal representatives, school
> boards,
> etc) and different candidates may appear on ballots of different
> precincts
> within Sacramento County. It doesn't mean that the *style* of the ballot
> is
> different in the usually way we think of "style" -- it just means the
> contents of
> the ballots may vary from precinct-to-precinct. It's probably okay to
> use the
> term "ballot style" internally but you might want to consider using
> something
> else. In any case, we want to make sure we don't use the term "ballot
> style"
> publicy unless we're talking about the same thing elections people think
> we're
> talking about -- else they'll think we're ignorant.
> Thanks.
> Alan D.

  Anand Pillai
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