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Re: Internet banking accessibility

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 15:24:20 -0400 (EDT)
To: Francisco Godinho <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>
cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, IBM SR List <IBM-SRD@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>, IBM-HPR <IBM-HPR@talklist.com>, dolphin-l@edessa.topo.auth.gr, Luis Azevedo <pclma@alfa.ist.utl.pt>, Francisco Antonio Soeltl <fsoeltl@micropower.com.br>, Rui Fontes <fontes@ip.pt>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9905031504240.22923-100000@tux.w3.org>
It is possible to use SSL with Lynx. There is an rpm available for Linux and
I assume there are versions for other platforms.

An implementation of SSL has also been written for libwww which is fairly
simple, and would support SSL by email. It would also make it easy to build
simple, accessible, special-purpose banking tools (But i think that is not
such a good idea). Unfortunately US export restrictions mean that only US
Citizens can have it (as I understand it), or something of that sort, so
until there is a change in status, or somebody outside the US makes a version
(which could then be distributed freely, as I understand it) that will have
to be a thing we all want.

libwww is a library of C functions which do things over the web. For more
details see http://www.w3.org/Library

There are several browsers which work via email, including the Agora browser,
which is written in PERL and is open source.

Charles McCathieNevile

On Mon, 3 May 1999, Francisco Godinho wrote:

  Hello all
  As far I know Internet banking is only web-based.
  Usually, Internet  banking is made by a network of three servers: Web
  Server, Internet Banking Server and a Customer SQL Database.
  Requests for online Baking information are passed on from the Web server to
  the Internet Banking Server.
  Data security between the customer browser and the web server is handled
  through a security protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL provides
  data encryption, server authentication, and message integrity for a Internet
  I think that an easy way to use Internet banking transactions and services
  for people with
  disabilities could be made using Email commands.
  The idea is to replace the web communication between the customer's PC and
  the web Server by Email commands  (like we use in some mailing lists). This
  could be made probably using secure email - using digital ID you can
  identify yourself and exchange encrypted messages.
  Do you know any Internet e-commerce or Internet banking service using this
  concept ?
  Francisco Godinho
  GUIA/PASIG - Portuguese Accessibility Special Interest Group

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