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Re: using precinct label for card encoder display (was RE: 3.13.7 pollbook)

    How about LA with half a dozen 'Rolling Hills Estates" precincts and another few "Rolling Hills" precincts, let alone all the "MANHATTAN BEACH" and
"MARINA DEL REY" precincts and other such names.  All this data was imported from their VR system and nobody will be willing to change 5000+ precinct names to 12 characters. 
    Perhaps using the last 12 characters rather than the first 12 characters may at least be better.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Clark
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 2:45 PM
Subject: using precinct label for card encoder display (was RE: 3.13.7 pollbook)

> From: owner-bugtrack@gesn.com [mailto:owner-bugtrack@gesn.com]On Behalf
> Of Talbot Iredale
> Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 4:24 PM
>     I do not think that limiting the precinct name to 12 characters is a
> realistic option. Perhaps we should use the precinct id instead.

The precinct label is more expressive.  You can call a precinct "famous names" for example, which is desirable.  People like the names or we wouldn't need AVOS1.95.  Granted that limits the length to 24 characters, which is more tolerable.

That means at least making it an option and giving the user the choice.  Straightforward enough, but allow me to take a hard line for a moment and ask if that's really necessary.  For example, Alameda fits once you strip off the superfluous "PRECINCT NO. " in every label.  I think there is an argument that if its good enough for Alameda...