[whatwg] Signatures in HTML5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Mar 20 15:54:14 PDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> Over the years a number of e-mails have been sent to the list about 
> signatures and other public key cryptography topics, most of which are 
> quoted below.
> For a number of reasons, not least of which my lack of expertise in the 
> area, the size of the HTML5 spec today, and the low level of demand for 
> these features, I have decided to not cover this topic in HTML5, and 
> instead rely on other groups to define these features.

Since I wrote the above, a couple of people have reiterated their desire 
for HTML5 to address this issue.

I would like to encourage people interested in this to approach the W3C or 
IETF and develop this as an independent technology. The expertise required 
for this is not the same as the expertise required for other features in 
HTML5, and it would be a mistake for such sensitive technology to not be 
written by experts in the signature and security field.

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