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External Attributes in Signature Elements

From: Joseph M. Reagle Jr. <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 14:47:42 -0500
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To: "IETF/W3C XML-DSig WG" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
I can't find the reference, but I remember being asked about the ability for 
attributes from external namespaces to be included within the Signature 
element types for extension purposes. For example:

<Signature xmlns="..." xmlns:tricky="..." tricky:not-valid="Tuesdays">

Historically, they're hasn't been much support (or a proposal even) for this 
functionality. If there was, I'd have great concerns about it because of the 
interpretation folks would lend to such attributes (as demonstrated in the 
example above). I prefer people make syntactic extensions through the Object 
element, and semantic extensions (what it means and what you are signing) 
via SignatureProperties and Transforms.

Joseph Reagle Jr.                 http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/
W3C Policy Analyst                mailto:reagle@w3.org
IETF/W3C XML-Signature Co-Chair   http://www.w3.org/Signature
W3C XML Encryption Chair          http://www.w3.org/Encryption/2001/
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