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

Michael(tm) Smith mikes at opera.com
Sun Oct 29 21:37:55 PST 2006

Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren at telia.com>, 2006-10-29 14:38 +0100:

> 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.


Michael(tm) Smith
Opera Software, Tokyo
xmpp:smith at sideshowbarker.net
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