12.3. DD 03: ToS rendering¶
This document describes how terms of service (ToS) as well as other “legal agreement documents” are served, represented and rendered.
Different exchanges and backup/sync providers each have their custom legal agreement documents. As we don’t know all providers and they are not centrally registered anywhere, these documents can’t be hardcoded into wallet applications. Instead, these service providers expose endpoints that allow downloading the latest version of these legal agreement documents.
These documents must be rendered on a variety of platforms in a user-friendly way.
12.3.3. Proposed Solution¶
The server will parse the
Accept-Languages request header to determine
which language the user will most likely want to read the terms of service
in. If multiple languages are given, the server will check against the
available languages and return the one with the highest preference.
Additionally, the server will return an
Avail-Languages header which
details what other langauges the terms of service are available in. The
user interface in the wallet should then allow the user to switch to one
of these alternatives using some language switcher.
The service providers can output legal agreements in various formats,
determined via the
"Accept: " request header. The format provider must
text/plain mime type. The format provider must support
text/markdown mime type. Except for styling and navigation, the
content of each format of the same legal agreement document should be the
Legal documents with mime type
text/markdown should confirm to the
When wallets render
text/markdown legal documents, they must disable
embedded HTML rendering. Wallets may style the markdown rendering to improve
usability. For example, they can make sections collabsible or add a navigation side-bar
on bigger screens.
It is recommended that the
text/markdown document is used as the “master
document” for generating the corresponding legal agreement document in other
formats. However, service providers can also provide custom versions with more
appropriate styling, like a logo in the header of a printable PDF document.
220.127.116.11. Markdown Conventions¶
text/markdown document should follow
the commonmark spec.
Main headlines (level 1) and their following content (until the next main headline)
will be shown as expandable sections in wallets.
The document must begin with a main headline:
# First Headline
We considered and rejected the following alternatives:
Use only plain text. This is not user-friendly, as inline formatting (bold, italic), styled section headers, paragraphs wrapped to the screen size, formatted lists and tables are not supported.
Use HTML. This has a variety of issues:
Service providers might provide HTML that does not render nicely on the device that our wallet application is running on.
Rendering HTML inside the application poses security risks.
Use a strict subset of HTML. This would mean we would have to define some standardized subset that all wallet implementations support, which is too much work. Existing HTML renderers (such as Android’s
Html.fromHTML) support undocumented subsets that lack features we want, such as ordered lists. Defining our own HTML subset would also make authoring harder, as it forces authors of legal agreement documents to author in our HTML subset, as conversion tools from other format will not generate output in our HTML subset.
Use reStructuredText (directly or via Sphinx). This at first looks like an obvious choice for a master format, since Taler is already using reStructuredText for all its documentation. But it doesn’t work out well, since the only maintained implementation of a parser/renderer is written in Python. Even with the Python implementation (docutils / Sphinx), we can’t convert
.rstto Markdown nicely.
Markdown parsing / rendering libraries can be relatively large.
12.3.6. Discussion / Q&A¶
Should the legal agreement endpoints have some mechanism to determine what content types they support?