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[whatwg] Lack of standard for digital signatures [was Joe Clark's Criticisms of the WHATWG and HTML 5]

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren@telia.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 08:45:15 +0100
Message-ID: <01b201c6fbf7$5752dce0$82c5a8c0@arport2v>
"Michael(tm) Smith" wrote:
>> It is equally interesting that W3C intends to start a new browser
>> authentication WG but have excluded digital signatures and key
>> provisioning from the charter in spite of the fact that about 10M
>> people today have to use proprietary browser-plugins in order
>> to get their work done.  Maybe an answer to that is that this
>> is only happening in the EU which in this particular space is roughly
>> 5 years ahead of the US government and financial industry.

>The use of proprietary mechanisms (mostly ActiveX controls) for
>digital signatures is common in Korean sites as well, including
>Korean government sites.

That's right. They sure are proprietary; I was not even able to get
the Korean e-goverment signature spec since it is "secret"!

Anders Rundgren
Received on Sunday, 29 October 2006 23:45:15 UTC

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