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

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Chapter 12. ETSI “Advanced” XML Signatures

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is developing extensions to the XML Digital Signature Recommendation (see Chapter 10) so that the resulting extended signatures will meet the European Directive requirements for valid electronic signatures for electronic commerce purposes [Directive]. This chapter describes the extensions as an example of one way to build a higher-level “trust” structure on the basic XMLDSIG structure.

The discussion in this chapter is based on ETSI's July 2001 draft, XML Advanced Electronic Signatures [XAdES], which uses the following namespace:

http://www.etsi.org/names/TS/101903/v1.1.1#

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