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

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E.1. The Basic Points of View

PAPER: The important objects are complete digital documents, analogous to pieces of paper, viewed in isolation by people. See Figure E-1.

Figure E-1. Example paper point of view object

A major concern is to be able to present such objects as directly as possible to a court or other third party. Because what is presented to the person is all that is important, anything that can affect it, such as a stylesheet, must be considered an intrinsic part of the paper. Sometimes proponents of the paper orientation forget that the “paper” originates in a computer; may travel over, be processed in, and stored in computer systems; ...

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