Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC)
Human Factors and Privacy Subcommittee (HFP)*
May 11, 2007
Updates (Allan Eustis)
2. Discussion of further edits of Usability and Accessibility VVSG chapter;
version for plenary meeting.
3. Other issues
Alexis Scott-Morrison, Alice Miller, Allan Eustis, David Baquis (U.S.
Access Board), John Cugini, John Wack, Mat Masterson (EAC), Nelson Hastings,
Sharon Laskowski, Wendy Havens, Whitney Quesenbery
Updates (Allan Eustis/John Wack) :
is up and sent out with CDs to TGDC, along with a copy of the current
draft VVSG. Agenda is likely to change - including presentations by
EAC and we are trying to finish meeting by lunchtime on day 2.
- The draft
VVSG will also probably change; the latest version will be available
at meeting and on web site in advance. John is trying to make the document
as usable as possible; half of the material has been incorporate into
the document template.
will be an informal reception before plenary on Sunday evening- 6 pm
to 8 pm.
- HFP will
continue to have teleconferences after plenary - still Friday's at 11:00
of Latest Draft of Usability and Accessibility Chapter (John Cugini):
title of chapter to include "Privacy".
couple of notes in the draft refer to the benchmarks to be added and
refer to the CIFs which are part of the testing.
Testing: Added new wording for usability testing by vendor, splitting
the requirement into two. The HFP chapter requires testing be done;
it is cross-referenced with Documentation Section for actual reporting
requirement. All requirements for documentation and materials supplied
by vendor are in the technical data package (vol. 4)
This section was moved up in the chapter and a number of things were
added. Big strategy in this section was to clarify that the requirements
written here also applied to the voter verification process -- instead
of pulling that out as a separate chapter. [NOTE: We're treating the
whole process/voting session as one event instead of breaking it into
stages.] There was a statement added for privacy when transporting ballots
was necessary, e.g., privacy sleeve needs to be used.
Font Size: This was added to not only include requirements for voters
but poll workers as well.
This was changed to include not only legibility of paper ballots but
verification records as well. There was discussion on how to best write
this: broaden it, should vs. shall, include options. John Cugini to
draft requirement making this a shall and offering three options to
meet requirement: system will allow for at least two font choices, system
will provide magnifier, or system shall provide compatibility for a
magnifier to be added and include list of compatible magnifiers. Sharon
will present at TGDC meeting our current language and suggest this better
Contrast ratio. Included poll workers.
General Support for Alternative Language. Add to include voter verification.
Alexis expressed concern over being able to count verification records
if they were in alternative language, are they bilingual? Should we
add a requirement to make them be? Mat Masterson to check and see if
this is required someplace else.
General Accessibility Requirement- Added two new requirements to
support end-to-end testing.
Added comment to include paper records as well.
Need to add comment in the discussion field that the first page of the
instructions that allow you to choose a larger font needs to be dealt
with as well - currently that page is in small font.
Reworded to cover all disabilities so that all voters have similar opportunity
for verification. Originally we thought all acc-VS would be electronic,
but with paper verification for SI, this has caused issues. This requirement
includes a sub-requirement for a readback mechanism for blind voters.
We are not writing requirements that limit technology and require specific
solutions limiting what is available to officials.]
Ballot submission and vote verification- Added the vote verification
clause. This requirement is a goal requirement but has no mechanism
for achieving it.
of Benchmark Timeline (Sharon Laskowski):
- 100 people
have participated in testing. Another 50 are participating as sample
voters over the weekend.
of June: Conduct field tests across 4 machines to see where to set final
1: HFP draft due (minus benchmarks)
- May 15:
Raw data in and analysis done from 3 tests (analysis has been getting
repeatability in its testing)
- May 25:
Short description of statistics, looking at assumptions of stats and
- May 25:
Sharon and John Cugini to look at way to count errors and compute tentative
8: Additional data from last set of test. After that working on final
benchmarks and methodology.
17: Show results to HFP and discuss
25: Show results to TGDC and discuss
1: Final draft edits due
1 is the HFP deadline to get material in. Final draft goes to EAC on
Steps will be discussed at the May plenary meeting.
- We will
need to work on a matrix of changes to provide both to the public and
EAC for review. These include big changes/additions to help the review
process. CRT has done something like this in their introductory section.
HFP should look at to see if it's a template that can be followed.
adjourned at 12:10 p.m.
telecon is scheduled for: Friday, May 18, 2007 at 11 AM ET
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