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

Anders Rundgren anders.rundgren at telia.com
Sun Oct 29 23:45:15 PST 2006

"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

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