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Re: [xml-dev] canonicalization

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2002 19:53:25 -0400
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To: Christian Geuer-Pollmann <geuer-pollmann@nue.et-inf.uni-siegen.de>
Cc: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org, w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org

At 10:54 PM 7/1/2002 +0200, Christian Geuer-Pollmann wrote:
>Hi Simon,
>hi Elliotte,
>I've seen the summary on the XInclude discussion on [1] where you all talk 
>about the fact/'problem' that Canonical XML does not resolve XIncludes.
>Just a comment on that it's not a problem for XML Signature [2]: XML 
>Signature has the concept of transforms. If XInclude is important for you 
>and you want to sign an 'expanded' document, simply specify an XInclude 
>transform which does what you need (just a little bit out of context of 
>the reference):

Could be nice, but to be honest, none of the tools I use resolve XInclude, 
so I simply regard them as dangerous annoyances.  As I don't use XML 
Signature at this point, its ability to deal with XInclude in ways that go 
beyond Canonical XML's understanding does very little good for me at present.

Because Canonical XML doesn't require resolution of XIncludes by itself, I 
can't simply demand "Canonical XML" and expect to get XInclude-processed 
XML, so Canonical XML remains a nice theoretical but generally useless spec 
so far as I am concerned.

Simon St.Laurent
"Every day in every way I'm getting better and better." - Emile Coue
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