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   Re: [xml-dev] archiving with xml

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Rick Marshall wrote:

> i've been thinking of archiving with xml, but i'm going to stick with 
> pdf's for documents at the moment.
> the discussion on xlinks, and rendering etc has left me with this 
> problem:
> if we archive with xml, what is the legal status of the "document"? eg 
> say i archive a document as xml, (an invoice for example) and later 
> change the rendering algorithm. now when i print another copy and go 
> to court to collect some money the debtor turns up with an earlier 
> rendered version and they aren't the same "look".

    Just to be on the safe side I would retain the original 
transformation template also. If the need will come you will be able to 
print 'original' invoices as requested.

>   i know and a court would know the substance is the same, but would i 
> have a problem with my record keeping because the format that people 
> read can change? it's an integrity issue. and how do auditors cope? or 
> are they solving the problem by developing audit standards in the xml 
> accounting stuff that would make the rendering format inconsequential 
> provided all the content was rendered (and how would they know that - 
> if say i left out a discount in a later rendering, but it was in the 
> oriiginal?)?
> i understand this is a country by country issue, but is it being 
> considered anywhere?

    This is a legal issue. A lawyer would answer better.


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