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Secure XML: The New Syntax for Signatures and Encryption by Kitty Niles, Donald E. Eastlake

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D.2. Status of NIST Documents

The process of becoming a fully approved FIPS is fairly arduous and time-consuming, so it is often useful to reference draft FIPS or draft revisions of FIPS. Further information on the approval process for FIPS is available through

http://www.itl.nist.gov/fipspubs/

FIPS are numbered. A revision causes the addition of a hyphen and revision number. For example, FIPS 186 is the Digital Signature Standard; after two revisions, its latest version is [FIPS 186-2], which replaces all previous versions. (DSS/DSA is still commonly used to refer to the original U.S. government-devised signature algorithm, although later versions of FIPS 186 have added other signature algorithms, thus permitting their use by U.S. government ...

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