XML digital authentication is accomplished by means of XML data structures called digital signatures, as described in this chapter.
After an introduction to the XML Digital Signatures standard [XMLDSIG] in Section 10.1, Section 10.2 discusses the detailed syntax of digital signatures. Section 10.3 gives four examples of their use. You can read Sections 10.2 and 10.3 in either order, depending on whether you prefer to learn first from examples or from detailed specifications.
The signed data processing model and the Transforms element are sufficiently important that they are described separately in Section 10.4.
Section 10.5 provides the processing rules for signature generation and verification.
Section 10.6 examines a number of warning and security considerations in the use of XML digital signatures.