Submission request to W3C (W3C Staff Comment)
We, the Financial Services Technology
Consortium (FSTC), a member of W3C, hereby submit to the Consortium
the following specification comprising the document(s) linked below:
which collectively are referred to as "the submission". We request the
submission be known as the SDML submission.
SDML Specifications 2.0
The SDML 2.0 specification describes a generic method for digitally signing
a document, one or more sections of a document and/or multiple documents
together. The signed documents may be web pages, e-mail messages or any
text based documents. SDML requires the use of public key cryptography
and hash algorithms and will support all of the common methodologies in
use today and those which will be developed in the future. The authors
of SDML have defined its structure, in part, through the use of the Standard
Generalized Markup Language (SGML). SDML is a generalization of the Financial
Services Markup Language (FSML), developed by the Financial Services Technology
Consortium. FSML defines the specific document parts needed for electronic
checks, e.g., the tags needed to identify check specific data items, the
semantics of the data items, and processing requirements for electronic
Intellectual property Rights
FSTC agrees that, upon adoption of this contribution as a W3C Recommendation,
FSTC shall grant to any W3C member a non-exclusive license under all rights
owned by FSTC to implement and use the technology described in this contribution
for the purposes of supporting the W3C Recommendation on a royalty-free
basis. One condition of this license shall be the party's agreement to
not assert patent rights against FSTC and other companies for their implementation
of the W3C Recommendation. FSTC expressly reserves all other rights it
may have to the material and subject matter of this contribution. FSTC
expressly disclaims any and all warranties regarding this contribution
including any warranty that this contribution does not violate the rights
of others or is fit for a particular purpose. We also agree that once the
document is submitted, it is subject to the terms expressed in the W3C
IPR Document Notice.
The following are registered marks referred to in this request or the submission:
The submission may be distributed within the membership of the W3C free
of any fee.
The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee under the
redistribution terms expressed in the W3C copyright statement.
The following points should be noted as regards licensable technology involved
in any third party implementations of the technology specified in the submission:
We suggest that the Consortium hold a workshop to discuss the submission
and/or adopt the submission as a Recommendation and to continue evolution
of the proposal within the Digital Signature Initiative work areas.
To help with this work, we expect to be able to provide one non-resident
document editor to the Consortium.
Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future
versions to be produced by W3C process.
Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed
Financial Services Technology Consortium
This 8th day of June, 1998