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Re: Synopsis of .abo files



Tyler Links wrote:
Could you provide a synopsis of the basic behavior of each of the .abo files which GEMS supports?You know, the basic stuff, which ones produce long tapes, which ones produce short tapes, which ones give you a choice, which ones show all of the long tape information, which ones only show a ballots cast summary, which ones have specific certification language at the end, etc.
I donít want to put too fine a point on it, but I requested this 11 months ago.


  I think that I got Nel to volunteer for this one and then it got sidelined on his job list.  Sorry about that.  What I'm going to do is give you the raw comments from the source file headers.  Here goes:

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194 Canadian:
REM 194can.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for Canada.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdcan.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add page before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Demo:
REM 194demo.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the demonstrations.
REM  In election mode this produces a short summary report for the default
REM  election results and offers to print short reports with summaries and
REM  precinct breakdowns until powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all combinations
REM  of short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-10 GLL Created from stddemo.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 French:
REM 194fr.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the French Canada.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM  NOTE: This does not handle cross endorsed candidates.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdus.abs and old stdfr.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix problem where get_yesno() was printing "NO".
REM 96-10-30 GLL Clean up ballot count reporting.
REM 96-11-01 GLL Add numeric default straight party codes up to 16.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM 99-10-25 GLL Print only the blank lines in the signatures section.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 US:
REM 194us.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the United States.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdus.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 96-10-24 GLL print_wrapString() truncates trailing spaces.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 US 5 decimals:
REM 194us5d.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the United States
REM  with 5 digits allowed for all counters.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdus5d.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 California:
REM 194usca.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for the state of California.
REM  In election mode this produces a cards cast report
REM  for the default zero totals and election results and offers
REM  to print short reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns
REM  until powered off.  All results reports include cards cast with
REM  party codes for closed primary ballots.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 00-05-16 GLL Created from 194usga.abs.
REM 00-05-28 GLL Also print just cards cast for election zero totals.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194uscp: [VTS only]
REM 194uscp.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for Cambridge's
REM  Preference voting in the United States.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM  The candidate counts are not printed since they are always zero
REM  for Cambridge Preference.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdus.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 96-10-24 GLL print_wrapString() truncates trailing spaces.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM 97-10-23 GLL Suppress printing candidate counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Georgia:
REM 194usga.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the state of Georgia.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.  All results reports include cards cast with
REM  party codes for closed primary ballots.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 00-05-11 GLL Created from 194us.abs.
REM 00-05-28 GLL Enable searching for partisan card party code.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Illinois:
REM 194usil.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for the the State of Illinois.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and then offers to print short
REM  precinct breakdowns.  In the election end and post-election
REM  modes it offers to repeat this until powered off.
REM
REM  In pre-election mode it will print these or a summary.
REM
REM  In pre and post election modes, it offers to print long
REM  versions of the reports.
REM
REM  For Illinois we include blank votes in the undervotes.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 00-01-18 GLL Adapted from 194us.abs for Illinois.
REM 00-01-28 GLL Modified to not offer summaries of election results.
REM 00-01-28 GLL Modified to offer each pct result after election default.
REM 00-02-16 GLL Fix undervotes to use race.vote_for rather than no_running.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194usjc: [VTS only]
REM 194usjc.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for Jefferson County as requested by Debbie Musser.
REM  This version is based on the 194us.abs as of Jan. 6, 1998 but is modified to suppress
REM     the straight party races.
REM
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdus.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 96-10-24 GLL print_wrapString() truncates trailing spaces.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Massachusetts:
REM 194usma.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the states of
REM  MA, NH, ME, CT, and RI which:
REM  - report all non-used votes as blank votes,
REM  - prints ballot summary after race summary,
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report for the
REM  default election results and offers to print short reports with
REM  summaries and precinct breakdowns until powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all combinations
REM  of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdusma.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Minnesota:
REM 194usmn.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for the state of Minnisota.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 97-05-14 GLL Modified from 194us.abs.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 US Summary:
REM 194ussm.abs - Accu-Basic Source file for summary only election night results.
REM  In election mode this produces a short summary totals report
REM  for the election results and then offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdus.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 96-10-24 GLL print_wrapString() truncates trailing spaces.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Virginia:
REM 194usva.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the Virginia, USA
REM  which:
REM  - prints long reports in election mode.
REM  In election mode this produces a long precinct totals report with
REM  an optional summary report for the default election results and offers
REM  to print short reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all combinations
REM  of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-10 GLL Created from stdusva.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Vermont:
REM 194usvm.abs - The standard Accu-Basic Source file for the state of Vermont
REM  which:
REM  - reports blank votes as undervotes,
REM  - prints ballot summary after race summary,
REM  - always reports write-in ballots in summary.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report with
REM  an optional summary report for the default election results and offers
REM  to print short reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all combinations
REM  of long and short reports.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 96-10-11 GLL Created from stdusvm.abs.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Fix to handle xtot as unsigned.
REM 96-10-22 GLL Modified to avoid malloc bug in pre 194f^ (1.94l) releases.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Add PAGE before prompts.
REM 97-03-27 GLL Allow 5 digits for long counters
REM 00-01-25 GLL Print card summary on short as well as long reports.
REM ***************************************************************************

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194 Wisconsin:
REM 194uswi.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for the state of Wisconsin.
REM  This is based on 194us.abs but prints RPT UNIT instead of
REM  PRECINCT and prints SCATTERING instead of WRITE-INS for the
REM  race results.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 00-01-11 GLL Modified from 194us.abs for Wisconsin.
REM ***************************************************************************

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195 Anoka:
REM 195anoka.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for Anoka Co., Minnisota.
REM  In election mode this produces a short precinct totals report
REM  for the default election results and offers to print short
REM  reports with summaries and precinct breakdowns until
REM  powered off.
REM  In pre-election and post-election modes it will print all
REM  combinations of long and short reports.
REM  Candidates are printed in the order that they appear on the
REM  first ballot card containing the race.
REM  Precinct headings print the new precinct name string.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 98-09-14 GLL Modified from 194anoka.abs.
REM 99-02-04 GLL Added VOTECTR.NAME to label.
REM ***************************************************************************

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195 Wisconsion:
REM 195uswi.abs - The Accu-Basic Source file for the state of Wisconsin.
REM  This is based on 194us.abs but prints RPT UNIT instead of
REM  PRECINCT and prints SCATTERING instead of WRITE-INS for the
REM  race results.  It also prints the vote center name on the
REM  label.
REM ***************************************************************************
REM 00-01-19 GLL Modified from 194us.abs for Wisconsin.
REM ***************************************************************************

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  I can't guarantee that these descriptions are accurate but we try.  Anyone want to volunteer to turn this into a proper document?

             Guy