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RE: Old database files

Add a published catalog to Steve's request for an election database.

I would also like to suggest that we create a master form for programming.
It should ask all possible questions that are asked to program the election.

Examples (just a few - to give you a flavor for how detailed it should be)
On the Touch screen:
# of columns
Font size of header
Font for header
Font size of "vote for"
Font size of candidate
Who will be responsible for proofing? (We must identify the decision maker)
What is the target date for completion?
What is the "drop dead" date according to the law?
What is the date of the election?
Will you provide wording for the instructions page, or do you want Diebold's
assistance in developing this page?

When and where do you count your absentee ballots?
Do your laws require a certain size and weight of paper?
Do your laws require colored paper?
Will you provide Voter Instructions that are proofed in advance, or do you
want Diebold's assistance in creating voter instructions?

Male or female voice?
Will you provide the pronunciations in advance?
Who will be responsible for proofing the audio?
Do they know how to proof wav files?
Do they have the ability to proof wav files?
Can they download files from an ftp site?

Help the Project Managers with a form that asks all the questions up front.
We will walk the customers through all the decision points, and return to
you with a complete, signed document.  This will force the customers to
think of the questions in advance, and provide evidence that they are
responsible for reworks.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of
Steve Knecht
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2002 2:18 AM
To: support@dieboldes.com
Subject: Old database files

To whom it may concern,

Would it be possible to set up a system of election databases, such that
items such as databases used for ballot printing, audio files, etc. could be
saved for later retrieval, so we could re-create election environments 2
months, 6 months, even a year later.  I know it would take organization and
disk space, but it seems feasible.  There have been several instances of
late, where we could not reprint ballots (for central count testing) because
we no longer had, or could find the ballot database.  Where we could not
find the GEMS databases so we could do central count for the old ballots
that we found in our garage, because we could find the old database to
create new ballots, again (for central count testing), or today where we
could not find audio files so we could try to re-edit sound files which had
different volume settings, etc.

There should be a central depository of files that we can go back to.  An
alternative is to find a working demo for all our products, but I dropped
that illusion many years ago.  I'll settle for being able to find old files
and not having to re-create the wheel for each demo we do.  (Old PCM audio
files today would have helped us for our Santa Clara demonstration ($20M),
so that we don't go down there with two very different volume levels of
audio for instructions vs. the ballot info for vibs.

In the real world,