[CQ-Contest] Maybe a better idea for certificates

Bruce Horn bhorn at hornucopia.com
Thu Aug 4 13:48:53 EDT 2005


As Syl noted in a separate e-mail, I've already built a system that can 
provide full-color, print quality certificates in pdf form for any contest. 
I started with the NAQPs since I do the log checking for all three modes. 
My system would only require a contest or certificate manager to upload the 
information needed for each certificate into a database. The application 
automatically e-mails the recipient that a certificate is available with 
instructions of how to download. The database tracks how many times the 
certificate is downloaded, allows a certificate manager to limit the number 
of times the certificate can be downloaded, and attaches a signature of 
authentication to the certificate. The certificate is created dynamically 
when the user requests the download, so it is only a matter of storing the 
information that will be printed on the certificate for each recipient and 
the blank certificate.

In the case of the NAQPs, if a certificate recipient has a problem 
downloading the pdf or can't print high quality documents, I print the pdf 
and mail it to them.

73 de Bruce, WA7BNM   (bhorn at hornucopia.com) 

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