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Subject: Re: Transaction PKI. Was:PKI-TC@PKI Workshop

Dear Arshad,

I am curious to know how this project is to be managed.  It seems that
"we" are going to produce "something", but that this will not be following
common OASIS procedures with issues, votings, deliverables etc.

I do believe that we should have some kind of embryonic specification
before somebody is contracted for dev. work.  I have for example
mentioned the connection between the "view", "data" and the signature
as an important and actually very difficult area.  If we cannot define
this, I doubt that we will be able to follow much else of what the
contractor is doing.  BTW, we are apparently looking for one of the
top ten browser/PKI/security coder/designers in the world!

Regarding my participation:
I consider the 18-page PPT, the fairly ambitious FAQ, and a runnable
test site as a rather tangible input to this project.  Although you (and
the TC?) do not seem to agree with my clearly stated goals[1] and the
FAQ,  there must be pretty much the same issues in T-PKI.

Anders Rundgren

1] Universal, platform- and document-format independent "sign-off" utility
designed for interactive web applications.  With the hope that it should
eventually become a "standard" in web browsers.  I.e. the counterpart
to the S/MIME signature support available in every e-mail client.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arshad Noor" <arshad.noor@strongauth.com>
To: "PKI TC" <pki-tc@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 21:12
Subject: Re: [pki-tc] PKI-TC@PKI Workshop

Indeed, the "Transaction-PKI" project is behind schedule.  Some of it
is my fault as I have been busy trying to do those mundane things that
keep body and soul together - earning money from paying customers to
pay bills :-).

However, some of it als due to the fact that the PKI Steering Commitee
needed clarification of the mission of this project, as well as
affirmations from at least 2 end-user customers on the goals of this
effort.  Those affirmations were sent to the Steering Commitee this
morning (customers also have jobs to do besides volunteering for these
efforts, Anders; I can only express my appreciation for their having
taken the time to review the requirements and comment on it).

Hopefully, with the information available to the SC, funding will be
approved to hire a contractor who will dedicate his/her time towards
performing the detailed research necessary to move this TPKI project

Anders, perhaps you and I should talk offline about how you might be
able to help us move this forward faster, if you have additional
cycles available to you.  Perhaps, some of the work that was charted
out for this contractor could be absorbed by you to speed it up even

Arshad Noor
StrongAuth, Inc.

Anders Rundgren wrote:
> It also appears that the "Transaction PKI" project is behind schedule as only very little information has been published in spite
> being talked about for a year or so.  Don't get me wrong, I just want the charter and reality to match, and I have no problems
> a charter revision.  That is, PKI surveys and promotion may indeed be this TC's main purpose.

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