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RE: SignaturePropert(y|ies) type identifier

From: Joseph M. Reagle Jr. <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 17:33:32 -0400
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To: <gregor.karlinger@iaik.at>
Cc: "IETF/W3C XML-DSig WG" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
The other approach is to place an ID attribute in SignatureProperty, which
seems like a better idea. So the identifier is the same, and
SignatureProperty now has an ID. The grammar for SignatureProperty and
SignatureProperties permits multiple instances of both, and that begs the
question of what the semantic meaning is. Now, the grammar doesn't
explicitly say this, it just states that you can place arbitrary content in
an Object, and consequently you can repeat SignatureProperties if you so
decided. But there's also the questin of where the Target attribute properly
sits. Options:

A. Remove all Targets; the SignatureProperty can only apply to the Signature
it is within. (What if nested?)
B. One and only one SignatureProperties per Signature, which includes a
Target attribute that defines to which Signature the SignatureProperty(s)
apply. (Remove Target from SignatureProperty(s)).
C. Other?

I advocate B.

At 13:28 2000-05-22 +0200, Gregor Karlinger wrote:
 >Hello Joseph,
 >I think it would be a good idea, to change the identifier to
 >#SignatureProperties, because only the enveloping SignatureProperties
 >Element currently has defined an Id attribute, contrary to
 >Otherwhise it would not be possible to refer to such an item using our
 >shortcut as part of a URI reference.
 >Gregor Karlinger
 >Phone +43 316 873 5541
 >Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications
 >> I don't think I can speak very well to the functionality or
 >> requirements of
 >> this feature, but I believe the spec says the actual data
 >> referenced is the
 >> thing pointed to by a Reference. Kind of awkward I agree... good ideas
 >> welcome!
 >>     http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/WD-xmldsig-core-20000510/#sec-Reference
 >>     4.3.3 The Reference Element
 >>    The optional Type attribute contains information about the type of
 >>    object being signed. This is represented as a URI. For example:
 >>    Type="http://www.w3.org/2000/02/xmldsig#Object"
 >>    Type="http://www.w3.org/2000/02/xmldsig#Manifest"
 >>    Type="http://www.w3.org/2000/02/xmldsig#SignatureProperty"

Joseph Reagle Jr.   
W3C Policy Analyst                mailto:reagle@w3.org
IETF/W3C XML-Signature Co-Chair   http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/
Received on Friday, 26 May 2000 17:34:19 UTC

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