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RE: GEMS - Multi language ballot printing



From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com] On Behalf Of Steve Knecht
Sunday, August 25, 2002 12:09 PM
To: support@dieboldes.com
Subject: GEMS - Multi language ballot printing


If languages will take different spacing, will it be up to a human sitting

at a terminal to match the spacing from ballot to ballot?  Or will there be

some automated help from GEMS in showing which races are not lining up.  I

guess I'm making an assumption that oval positions across ballots will be

required to be the same.  Maybe I'm wrong here.


For this iteration at least, the ballot positions will match.  That means that we can re-use the card numbers.  The AccuVote-OS is none the wiser that there are multiple languages.


GEMS will lay out the ballot for the default language.  That is, English.  Other languages will be laid out in the same space as the English.  If the other languages do not fit, they will be squished.  This might mean using a slightly larger font for English, or adding some extra hard returns at the end of long referenda if the squishing gets out of hand.  Note that this will just be a per-race exercise, not a per-ballot exercise.  If this proves too cumbersome I can probably write some code to lay out for the worst-case language rather than the default language, but my best guess is that it won’t come to that.


If they do need to be the same, and there are thousands of styles, like in

King or San Diego or Santa Clara, how will the manual effort be helped by



Perhaps GEMS could play motivational phrases on the speakers from time to time.


From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com] On Behalf Of Steve Knecht
Sunday, August 25, 2002 12:12 PM
To: support@dieboldes.com
Subject: Followup to Last Multilangugae ballot Printing question


San Diego wants to put all ballot styles up on their web site, including the multi language ballots.  Will the "name" of the pdf reflect something about the language vs. just the cardnumber, so we can automate the sample ballot printing process with Merrill (sample ballot printer) and with IT for web access to ballot images?


The language name will be in the file name.  Probably English-10-10F.pdf, or somesuch.