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   Re: [xml-dev] archiving with xml

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On Sun, 2005-04-03 at 23:17 -0700, Ronald Bourret wrote:
> I suspect you're better off with PDF's.
> I've run into a company who does this sort of thing and they were very 
> much of the opinion that data without rendering was at best legally 
> shaky and that digitally signed, rendered documents were best. 
> Unfortunately, I can't remember either the name of the company or how 
> they managed to use XML in this process. (The latter is tricky because 
> even if you sign the data (XML) and the transformation (XSLT, XSL-FO, 
> etc.), you still can't guarantee that an engine chosen at random will 
> produce the result the signer saw.)

Isn't that just a definition of 'sign' Ron?

 An ink signature on a dead-tree document is one thing...

If you stand up on court and testify that the data received was
the xml instance at hand, wonder how that might stand up?

Rendering an XML instance should stand the test of time
better than PDF surely?

regards DaveP


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