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We've had the occasion to send emails requiring "//SIGNED//" at the end acting as a digital signature of sorts. However, I can't seem to locate online the background of how that came to be. I've seen it used for a number of years but "digital signature" is something vastly different these days. My Google Fu is very weak and so I'm enlisting the assistance of you to help me find the explanation for it. Thanks! :D

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OK so I'm not sure why it's //SIGNED// because the best that I can find is that it's supposed to be /S/, but it's from the 2001 E-Sign act, when digital signatures started becoming a thing. This explains it fairly well: http://www.pcworld.com/article/253523/how_to_make_sure_that_digital_signature_is_legit.html and then this is the actual bill (at least as best as I can tell) https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/esign-guidance.pdf and this gives some examples of different signatures: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/dapp/opla/preognotice/sigexamples_alt_text.pdf

 ‎· Danielle Otter
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In my field of work the electronic signature followed with the advent of digital orders for medications and diagnostic testing.

 ‎· jltrdms-Janet
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Awesome! Thank you. It's been driving me nuts.

 ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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Apparently, I had brought the whole "//SIGNED//" thing from my Air Force days. The proper way to show it is two lines with either "/S/" and your name on the next line or "/Your Name/" on the first line and your name on the second line. It appears that "//SIGNED//" was acceptable enough. :)

 ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!

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