Signing ascii text
Bill Stewart +1-908-949-0705 firstname.lastname@example.org
wcs at anchor.ho.att.com
Wed Dec 23 15:31:40 PST 1992
The problem with signing whitespace-compressed canonicalized text isn't the
loss of readability, since you can send the non-canonicalized version for humans.
The problem is that sometimes the white space IS significant
Project-Schedule 1992 1993 1994
Phase 1 X
Phase 2 X
Phase 3 X
would acquire the same signature if you moved the Xs to different columns.
If we're going to treat white space in text as significant, we made need
to adopt a scheme such as MIME's =xx content-transfer-ncodings;
Otherwise we need to declare by fiat that white space is not significant
unless protected by an encoding.
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