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Re: 2nd try at Algorithms Section

From: Joseph M. Reagle Jr. <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 17:50:52 -0400
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To: "Joseph Ashwood" <jashwood@arcot.com>
Cc: <jimsch@exmsft.com>, <xml-encryption@w3.org>, <Donald.Eastlake@motorola.com>
Wherever possible, I'd like us to use terms recommended by RFC2828, which in 
this case are symmetric or secret, I prefer symmetric.

[1] http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2828.html
   $ secret-key cryptography
       (I) A synonym for "symmetric cryptography".
     $ symmetric cryptography
       (I) A branch of cryptography involving algorithms that use the
       same key for two different steps of the algorithm (such as
       encryption and

At 19:43 6/5/2001, Joseph Ashwood wrote:
> > > I'd prefer "symmetric" but "secret" is an accepted term in
> > > the cryptographic
> > > community for the type of encryption, while "shared" is not.
> >
> > I can accept symmetric, but in this case secret does not distinguish in my
> > mind if this is a public/private or a shared-secret algorithm.  The first
> > does have a secret key, but that is not the correct usage here.
> >
> > I can accept shared-secret or symmetric.
>Does anyone else have an opinion? We have options of "secret" "shared"
>"symmetric" "shared-secret" (am I missing any?). My preference is to
>symmetric, because it will line up with the research view. The argument for
>secret is that it will make sense easier to common people. Similar argument
>for shared, and shared-secret.

Joseph Reagle Jr.                 http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/
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