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Re: Minor comments on Section 4

From: Joseph Reagle <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 17:07:29 -0400
To: "Takeshi Imamura" <IMAMU@jp.ibm.com>, xml-encryption@w3.org
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On Monday 17 September 2001 12:10, Takeshi Imamura wrote:
> I believe that this serialization should be also done by not the
> Encryptor but the application.  That is, given data being serialized, the
> Encryptor just calls a serialization module provided by the application. 
> Of course, it should be allowed for the Encryptor to provide original
> serialization modules for certain types of data.

This leads me to an issue I originally considered and tried to address 
with edits. Are we placing requirements on an Encryptor, Decryptor, 
Implementation, and/or Application? (If so, perhaps we should define 
these). My edits have been to speak to and specify conformance requirements 
over the xmlenc application, and I missed it in this instance. So I've 
moved to "application" as you suggest.

However, it's still inconsistent awkward...

> In Section 4.1, step 5.1,
> "to be encrypted" would be "to be replaced".


> In Section 4.2, step 1,
> >Parse the application identified EncryptedType
> >element to determine the algorithm, parameters and
> >ds:KeyInfo element to be used. If some information is
> >omitted, the application must supply it.
> Because we already do not care whether the input to this step is an octet
> sequence, "parsing an EncryptedType element" is not always correct and
> should be revised to another expression.

"EncryptedType element" is not supposed to indicate the type of the 
plaintext, but either the EncryptedData or EncryptedKey elements, I will 

4.2 Decryption
For each EncryptedType derived element, (i.e., EncryptedData or 
EncryptedKey), to be decrypted :

1. Parse the element to determine the algorithm, parameters and ds:KeyInfo 
element to be used. If some information is omitted, the application must 
supply it.
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