[cryptography] PGP word list

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Sun Feb 22 07:19:46 EST 2015

* Werner Koch:

> Right.  I recall that this has been discussed in the OpenPGP WG years
> ago.  IIRC, the conclusion was that the international spelling alphabet
> has been developed just for this purpose and that all kind of shortcut
> word lists would lead to more confusion than plain spelling of hex
> digits.  Recall that the spelling alphabet works well under a bad
> S/N-ratio and thus also between speakers of different mother tongue.

An option to spell out the digits and letters in a hex fingerprint
would be a good start, so that you end up with some sort of
semi-standard spellings (alpha/bravo/charlie/delta/echo/foxtrott is
pretty consistent across English-speaking locales), instead of
apple/banana/citrus and its variants.

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