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Re: Last call comments on XML Encryption specs

From: Joseph Reagle <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2002 18:37:56 -0500
Message-Id: <200201092338.SAA30939@tux.w3.org>
To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Cc: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>, xml-encryption@w3.org
On Wednesday 09 January 2002 17:07, John Cowan wrote:
> So I was right in saying that, in the general case, the decrypter must
> be able to transcode from UTF-8 to the entity encoding, 
> and a fortiori
> the encrypter must be able to transcode from the entity encoding
> to UTF-8 (unless that has already been done by the XML parser).

Yes, as reflected in:


If the document into which the replacement is occuring is not UTF-8, the 
decryptor MUST transcode the UTF-8 encoded characters into the target 

If the data is an 'element' [XML, section 3] or element 'content' [XML, 
section 3.1], obtain the octets by serializing the data in UTF-8 as 
specified in [XML]. ([NFC] MUST be applied when this involves conversion 
from a legacy (i.e. non-Unicode) encoding.)


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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