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Provides classes and interfaces for key specifications and algorithm
parameter specifications.

<p>A key specification is a transparent representation of the key material
that constitutes a key. A key may be specified in an algorithm-specific
way, or in an algorithm-independent encoding format (such as ASN.1).
This package contains key specifications for DSA public and private keys,
RSA public and private keys, PKCS #8 private keys in DER-encoded format,
and X.509 public and private keys in DER-encoded format.

<p>An algorithm parameter specification is a transparent representation
of the sets of parameters used with an algorithm. This package contains
an algorithm parameter specification for parameters used with the
DSA algorithm.

<h2>Package Specification</h2>

<ul>
  <li>PKCS #1: RSA Encryption Standard, Version 1.5, November 1993</li>
  <li>PKCS #8: Private-Key Information Syntax Standard, 
    Version 1.2, November 1993</li>
  <li>Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS PUB) 186:
    Digital Signature Standard (DSS)</li>
</ul>

<h2>Related Documentation</h2>

For documentation that includes information about algorithm parameter
and key specifications, please see:
<ul>
  <li>
    <a href=
      "{@docRoot}/../technotes/guides/security/crypto/CryptoSpec.html">
      <b>Java<FONT SIZE=-2><SUP>TM</SUP></FONT>
      Cryptography Architecture API Specification and Reference
      </b></a></li>
  <li>
    <a href=
      "{@docRoot}/../technotes/guides/security/crypto/HowToImplAProvider.html">
      <b>How to Implement a Provider for the
      Java<FONT SIZE=-2><SUP>TM</SUP></FONT> Cryptography Architecture
      </b></a></li>
</ul>

@since 1.2
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