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   Re: Canonical XML, signatures, and element ordering

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  • From: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • To: Michael Brennan <Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 17:34:30 -0400

You might consider defining a particular XSLT transform that would
canonicalize documents conforming to your particular schema to suit your
particular needs.

Jonathan Borden

Michael Brennan wrote:

> I'd like to be able to compare two XML files to determine if they have
> equivalent content. The catch is, in some instances (but not all) the
> of elements under a particular node is not relevant. It's my understanding
> that XML Signature will meet my needs just fine for instances where order
> relevant, but not otherwise. Is that correct?
> Are there any suggestions on a good way to do this? The only thing that
> comes to my mind is to convert each XML document to its canonical form,
> load it into a DOM tree and procedurally sort the elements under the
> relevant node. Would this approach work or are there "gotchas" I'm not
> considering? Is there a better way?
> Thanks for any tips on this.


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