In what could be a major advance to protect the integrity of documents on the Web, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has endorsed a series of encryption standards for XML documents.

The W3C announced the endorsements on Tuesday, saying that each “specification is stable, contributes to web interoperability, and has been reviewed by the W3C membership, who favor its widespread adoption.”

The standards focus on XML encryption syntax and processing as well as “decryption transform” for XML signatures.

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