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Next steps for xenc

From: Joseph Reagle <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 17:27:12 -0400
Message-Id: <200204102127.RAA08571@tux.w3.org>
To: xml-encryption@w3.org

Some thoughts on what we need to do in the near future:

1. Encryption Syntax and Processing

The design is solid and the bug reports on this spec are fairly rare [1], 
but still popping up. We have three implementation reports; but I know 
there's a lot more work being done out there and I'd like to see at least 
two more implementations (and the lack of reported bugs) before I'm 
confident we should move forward. I hope we have this within the 4 weeks 
(?).

2. Decyrption Transform for XML Signature

The ideas/design have been stable for quite some time. We did a substantive 
bit of editing in the past few weeks to add a tiny amount of functionality 
and to improve the specification. I hope the authors will do one more round 
of edits [3] that we all agree to. Then, I think the substantive work on 
that spec will be done, but we definitely need more implementation and 
interop, particularly feedback with respect to efficiency (acceptable 
performance) in satisfying application requirements of using xmldsig and 
xenc together.

3. Other
As an aside, I still have the action item to register a MIME type for xenc. 
(Is anyone experienced at this?) I hope to get to that started before May. 
(I'll be traveling over-seas, attending a slew of meetings, and taking 
holiday that month so I don't expect to be very productive!)

[1] http://www.w3.org/Encryption/2001/11/last-call-issues#CandidateREC
[2] http://www.w3.org/Encryption/2002/02-xenc-interop.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xml-encryption/2002Apr/0031.html

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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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