Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC)
Human Factors and Privacy Subcommittee (HFP)*
June 15, 2007
Draft Minutes


1. Administrative Updates (Allan Eustis)
2. Discussion of Edits from Last Telecon
3. New Wording for Benchmark Usability Requirements
4. Other Issues

Attendees: Allan Eustis, David Baquis (U.S. Access Board), Elle Colver (EAC), John Cugini, John Wack, Nelson Hastings, Secretary John Gale, Sharon Laskowski, Tricia Mason, Wendy Havens, Whitney Quesenbery

Administrative Updates:

  • Allan E: We plan to have a draft agenda for the July 3rd plenary meeting to go to EAC next week. The meeting should start around 11:30 a.m. EDT, working lunch at 1:30 p.m. EDT, and ending no later than 5:30 p.m. EDT.
  • John W: We are putting together a web site containing the latest VVSG with latest chapters broken out for review

HFP Chapter Discussion:

  • The draft should be in good shape and deliverable to Allan Eustis by next Friday, June 22.
  • HFP will also have a 5 page explanatory paper on benchmarks by Friday, June 22, suitable for public and TGDC review.
  • John Cugini pointed to the requirements on personal assistive technology (3.3.1.C) and audio interfaces (3.3.3.C1 and 3.3.3.C2). These requirements allow for connectors to Acc-VS. There was an issue that these may have security risks, but it was clarified that we wrote requirements that did not preclude interfaces but that they MUST meet all security requirements to be allowed. The section will remain as written. Whitney pointed out that we want to make sure that TGDC did not write requirements that prohibit future innovative solutions.
  • The glossary has changed, and the chapter has been harmonized to match the new terms. E.g., ballot choice now means an option within a contest on the ballot, not the action by the voter.
  • The definition summative usability testing has been added and slightly modified per Alexia's comments.
  • The performance requirements were modified. The subcommittee was asked to review these carefully. There were five new metrics added along with their definitions. The last two, which are reporting requirements, will be moved to volume 5.
  • Section 3.2.5 (Poor Vision) was slightly tweaked to clarify the mean of poor vision per the request of Commissioner Davidson of the EAC.
  • Section 3.2.7 (Alternative Languages) which was discussed at the last couple HFP meetings was decided to be left as written, per instructions from the EAC.
  • There was a pointer added in section 3.3.1 (General) regarding usability requirements also pertain to Acc-VS.
  • Per recommendations from David Baquis, we are using "low vision" as opposed to "partial vision" to harmonize with the U.S. Access Board.
  • Sharon Laskowski is working on the 5 page explanatory paper on benchmarks. It will include a pointer to a website explaining measuring usability benchmarks.
  • John Cugini will be removing all pointers in the HFP chapter and cleaning it up for submission on June 22nd to Allan Eustis. He will provide a clean copy with a "notes and changes" sheet.

Process for July 3rd Teleconference

  • This meeting will be a document review.
  • HFP has 3 things to present: 1) short write-up explaining the benchmarks, 2) review of chapter, and 3) changes to chapter since May plenary.

Our next telecon is scheduled for: Friday, June 22, 2007 at 11 AM ET. The subcommittee will be discussing the benchmarks write-up.

[* Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the TGDC is charged with directing NIST in performing voting systems research so that the TGDC can fulfill its role of recommending technical standards for voting equipment to the EAC. This teleconference discussion serves the purposes of the HFP subcommittee of the TGDC to direct NIST staff and coordinate its voting-related research relevant to the VVSG 2007. Discussions on this telecon are preliminary and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the TGDC.]



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