A comment on XML

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Mon May 02 2005 - 11:44:26 CDT

Arthur Keller wrote:

> By being human readable, XML makes it easier to verify the correct
> processing of the ballot. That's a good thing over a non-human
> readable format. Any format can be tampered with. That's why we need
> some sort of chain-of-custody on the ballot definition files (and
> other artifacts of the voting process). One way to help ensure that
> are digital signatures, which retain the human readability while
> enhancing authenticity.

I think Arthur is correct here.

Remember that the application that creates the datafile can also
generate a hash on it. The hash gets printed out on the end-of-day
processing paperwork and to the CD-R audit log. If the data file gets
messed with later, it'll be trackable...and if we're properly tracking
"which human does what" we'll know WHO raped it.

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