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Re: Canonical form for signing S-expressions

 A million monkeys operating under the pseudonym 
 "Angelos D. Keromytis <angelos@dsl.cis.upenn.edu>" typed:
> Read a certificate ? Whatever happened to transparent security ?


I think engineers traditionally fail to include certain important
factors in their thinking.  The factor that I am trying to
emphasize here is the ease of _acceptance_ of SPKI itself!  Sure,
we _could_ design a system that, once it was universally accepted
and implemented, would be easy to _use_.  But I would rather design
a system which is easy to accept and implement.  (And,
coincidentally, to maintain and upgrade.)

So human-readable format is just one little detail that shows me
how most engineers give not a thought for the process of creation
and think only of the result.  :-)


Zooko Journeyman

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