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> a. Application Guidelines (Arshad Noor)
> "In attempting to understand the lack of support for PKI in 
> applications - specifically related to e-commerce - I've been 
> doing some informal research ... 
> I've come to the realization that the single biggest difficulty 
> is the ability todigitally sign a transaction in a web-application 
> in a standardized way. If you talk to adeveloper long enough, 
> they will explain many different ways that one can solve this
> problem, but none that are standardized.
> I'm contemplating doing a little more research on the subject 
> (mainly, I have to read some documents that I've found on the 
> Internet) and intend to formulate a position that I can bring 
> up to the SC/TC to discuss how we might want to go about 
> simplifying this."
> 2. There was some discussion of Arshad's report.  Paul felt the 
> Federal Government ismostly using S/MIME for digital signatures.  
> Bob described the NIH's digital signaturepilot which used a 
> signed XML form, provided web based submission and archiving 
> of received documents. John thought that archiving issues have 
> definitely been neglected in many projects.  Sharon felt that 
> there would be different applications for various uses. Steve 
> thought a non-proprietary document format was the important issue.
> Timestamping was also mentioned as an issue, an area it was noted 
> which is subject to some patent claims. Another common problem 
> noted was the need for signatures related to a role an individual
> was assuming.  Steve mentioned a New Zealand project that has 
> been working on end-to-end PKI, but reverted to authenticating 
> server access. 

I'm guessing many of these points sit squarely within Oasis's mandate. 



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