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Posted by editor on November 21, 2006 at 5:12 AM PST

A look at signing XML documents

While we were in our special Open-Source Java announcement coverage, the release candidate of Java SE 6 became available. That's one of several items I wanted to make sure to point out that happened last week but wasn't germane to the GPL Java launch (similarly, you'll notice an updated on JSR 277 on today's page, and the closures proposal for Java SE 7 on yesterday's page).

One interesting feature in Java SE 6 is that of "XML Signatures", which enables a lot of other technologies by providing something simple but important -- validation that an XML document as received by one party is identical to the document as sent by another party.

Young Yang offers an introduction to XML Signature in today's Feature Article, XML Signature with JSR-105 in Java SE 6:

XML Signature technology, specified in the W3C recommendation,
XML-Signature Syntax
and Processing
, is at the foundation for solutions of message
level-security in SOA. The universally adopted OASIS standard
is built upon this technology (and XML encryption). JSR-105 standardizes XML Signature technology for the Java
platform, and will be part of the forthcoming Java SE 6 release. This article provides an introduction to JSR-105 based on the release candidate
version of SE 6.

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