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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
2<?xml-stylesheet type='text/xsl' href='../myxml2rfc.xslt'?>
3<!DOCTYPE rfc [
4  <!ENTITY MAY "<bcp14 xmlns=''>MAY</bcp14>">
5  <!ENTITY MUST "<bcp14 xmlns=''>MUST</bcp14>">
6  <!ENTITY MUST-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns=''>MUST NOT</bcp14>">
7  <!ENTITY OPTIONAL "<bcp14 xmlns=''>OPTIONAL</bcp14>">
8  <!ENTITY RECOMMENDED "<bcp14 xmlns=''>RECOMMENDED</bcp14>">
9  <!ENTITY REQUIRED "<bcp14 xmlns=''>REQUIRED</bcp14>">
10  <!ENTITY SHALL "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHALL</bcp14>">
11  <!ENTITY SHALL-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHALL NOT</bcp14>">
12  <!ENTITY SHOULD "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHOULD</bcp14>">
13  <!ENTITY SHOULD-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHOULD NOT</bcp14>">
14  <!ENTITY ID-VERSION "latest">
15  <!ENTITY ID-MONTH "July">
16  <!ENTITY ID-YEAR "2012">
17  <!ENTITY mdash "&#8212;">
18  <!ENTITY Note "<x:h xmlns:x=''>Note:</x:h>">
19  <!ENTITY caching-overview       "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#caching.overview' xmlns:x=''/>">
20  <!ENTITY cache-incomplete       "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#response.cacheability' xmlns:x=''/>">
21  <!ENTITY payload                "<xref target='Part2' xmlns:x=''/>">
22  <!ENTITY media-types            "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#media.types' xmlns:x=''/>">
23  <!ENTITY content-codings        "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#content.codings' xmlns:x=''/>">
24  <!ENTITY CONNECT                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#CONNECT' xmlns:x=''/>">
25  <!ENTITY content.negotiation    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#content.negotiation' xmlns:x=''/>">
26  <!ENTITY diff-mime              "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#differences.between.http.and.mime' xmlns:x=''/>">
27  <!ENTITY representation         "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#representation' xmlns:x=''/>">
28  <!ENTITY header-allow           "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.allow' xmlns:x=''/>">
29  <!ENTITY header-cache-control   "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.cache-control' xmlns:x=''/>">
30  <!ENTITY header-content-encoding    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.content-encoding' xmlns:x=''/>">
31  <!ENTITY header-content-location    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.content-location' xmlns:x=''/>">
32  <!ENTITY header-content-range   "<xref target='Part5' x:rel='#header.content-range' xmlns:x=''/>">
33  <!ENTITY header-content-type    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.content-type' xmlns:x=''/>">
34  <!ENTITY header-date            "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='' xmlns:x=''/>">
35  <!ENTITY header-etag            "<xref target='Part4' x:rel='#header.etag' xmlns:x=''/>">
36  <!ENTITY header-expect          "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.expect' xmlns:x=''/>">
37  <!ENTITY header-expires         "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.expires' xmlns:x=''/>">
38  <!ENTITY header-last-modified   "<xref target='Part4' x:rel='#header.last-modified' xmlns:x=''/>">
39  <!ENTITY header-mime-version    "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#mime-version' xmlns:x=''/>">
40  <!ENTITY header-pragma          "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.pragma' xmlns:x=''/>">
41  <!ENTITY header-proxy-authenticate  "<xref target='Part7' x:rel='#header.proxy-authenticate' xmlns:x=''/>">
42  <!ENTITY header-proxy-authorization "<xref target='Part7' x:rel='#header.proxy-authorization' xmlns:x=''/>">
43  <!ENTITY header-server          "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.server' xmlns:x=''/>">
44  <!ENTITY header-warning         "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.warning' xmlns:x=''/>">
45  <!ENTITY idempotent-methods     "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#idempotent.methods' xmlns:x=''/>">
46  <!ENTITY methods                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#methods' xmlns:x=''/>">
47  <!ENTITY OPTIONS                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#OPTIONS' xmlns:x=''/>">
48  <!ENTITY status-codes           "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='' xmlns:x=''/>">
49  <!ENTITY status-100             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.100' xmlns:x=''/>">
50  <!ENTITY status-1xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.1xx' xmlns:x=''/>">
51  <!ENTITY status-203             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.203' xmlns:x=''/>">
52  <!ENTITY status-3xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.3xx' xmlns:x=''/>">
53  <!ENTITY status-304             "<xref target='Part4' x:rel='#status.304' xmlns:x=''/>">
54  <!ENTITY status-4xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.4xx' xmlns:x=''/>">
55  <!ENTITY status-414             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.414' xmlns:x=''/>">
56  <!ENTITY cons-new-header-fields "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#considerations.for.creating.header.fields' xmlns:x=''/>">
58<?rfc toc="yes" ?>
59<?rfc symrefs="yes" ?>
60<?rfc sortrefs="yes" ?>
61<?rfc compact="yes"?>
62<?rfc subcompact="no" ?>
63<?rfc linkmailto="no" ?>
64<?rfc editing="no" ?>
65<?rfc comments="yes"?>
66<?rfc inline="yes"?>
67<?rfc rfcedstyle="yes"?>
68<?rfc-ext allow-markup-in-artwork="yes" ?>
69<?rfc-ext include-references-in-index="yes" ?>
70<rfc obsoletes="2145,2616" updates="2817" category="std" x:maturity-level="proposed"
71     ipr="pre5378Trust200902" docName="draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-&ID-VERSION;"
72     xmlns:x=''>
73<x:link rel="next" basename="p2-semantics"/>
74<x:feedback template="{docname},%20%22{section}%22&amp;body=&lt;{ref}&gt;:"/>
77  <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1, Part 1">HTTP/1.1, part 1: URIs, Connections, and Message Parsing</title>
79  <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
80    <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
81    <address>
82      <postal>
83        <street>345 Park Ave</street>
84        <city>San Jose</city>
85        <region>CA</region>
86        <code>95110</code>
87        <country>USA</country>
88      </postal>
89      <email></email>
90      <uri></uri>
91    </address>
92  </author>
94  <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
95    <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
96    <address>
97      <postal>
98        <street>W3C / ERCIM</street>
99        <street>2004, rte des Lucioles</street>
100        <city>Sophia-Antipolis</city>
101        <region>AM</region>
102        <code>06902</code>
103        <country>France</country>
104      </postal>
105      <email></email>
106      <uri></uri>
107    </address>
108  </author>
110  <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
111    <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
112    <address>
113      <postal>
114        <street>Hafenweg 16</street>
115        <city>Muenster</city><region>NW</region><code>48155</code>
116        <country>Germany</country>
117      </postal>
118      <email></email>
119      <uri></uri>
120    </address>
121  </author>
123  <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
124  <workgroup>HTTPbis Working Group</workgroup>
128   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level protocol for
129   distributed, collaborative, hypertext information systems. HTTP has been in
130   use by the World Wide Web global information initiative since 1990.
131   This document provides an overview of HTTP architecture and its associated
132   terminology, defines the "http" and "https" Uniform Resource Identifier
133   (URI) schemes, defines the HTTP/1.1 message syntax and parsing requirements,
134   and describes general security concerns for implementations.
138<note title="Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)">
139  <t>
140    Discussion of this draft takes place on the HTTPBIS working group
141    mailing list (, which is archived at
142    <eref target=""/>.
143  </t>
144  <t>
145    The current issues list is at
146    <eref target=""/> and related
147    documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at
148    <eref target=""/>.
149  </t>
150  <t>
151    The changes in this draft are summarized in <xref target="changes.since.19"/>.
152  </t>
156<section title="Introduction" anchor="introduction">
158   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
159   request/response protocol that uses extensible semantics and MIME-like
160   message payloads for flexible interaction with network-based hypertext
161   information systems. This document is the first in a series of documents
162   that collectively form the HTTP/1.1 specification:
163   <list style="empty">
164    <t>RFC xxx1: URIs, Connections, and Message Parsing</t>
165    <t><xref target="Part2" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx2</xref>: Message Semantics, Payload and Content Negotiation</t>
166    <t><xref target="Part4" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx3</xref>: Conditional Requests</t>
167    <t><xref target="Part5" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx4</xref>: Range Requests and Partial Responses</t>
168    <t><xref target="Part6" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx5</xref>: Caching</t>
169    <t><xref target="Part7" x:fmt="none">RFC xxx6</xref>: Authentication</t>
170   </list>
173   This HTTP/1.1 specification obsoletes and moves to historic status
174   <xref target="RFC2616" x:fmt="none">RFC 2616</xref>, its predecessor
175   <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref>,
176   <xref target="RFC2145" x:fmt="none">RFC 2145</xref> (on HTTP versioning),
177   and <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="none">RFC 2817</xref> (on using CONNECT
178   for TLS upgrades).
181   HTTP is a generic interface protocol for information systems. It is
182   designed to hide the details of how a service is implemented by presenting
183   a uniform interface to clients that is independent of the types of
184   resources provided. Likewise, servers do not need to be aware of each
185   client's purpose: an HTTP request can be considered in isolation rather
186   than being associated with a specific type of client or a predetermined
187   sequence of application steps. The result is a protocol that can be used
188   effectively in many different contexts and for which implementations can
189   evolve independently over time.
192   HTTP is also designed for use as an intermediation protocol for translating
193   communication to and from non-HTTP information systems.
194   HTTP proxies and gateways can provide access to alternative information
195   services by translating their diverse protocols into a hypertext
196   format that can be viewed and manipulated by clients in the same way
197   as HTTP services.
200   One consequence of HTTP flexibility is that the protocol cannot be
201   defined in terms of what occurs behind the interface. Instead, we
202   are limited to defining the syntax of communication, the intent
203   of received communication, and the expected behavior of recipients.
204   If the communication is considered in isolation, then successful
205   actions ought to be reflected in corresponding changes to the
206   observable interface provided by servers. However, since multiple
207   clients might act in parallel and perhaps at cross-purposes, we
208   cannot require that such changes be observable beyond the scope
209   of a single response.
212   This document describes the architectural elements that are used or
213   referred to in HTTP, defines the "http" and "https" URI schemes,
214   describes overall network operation and connection management,
215   and defines HTTP message framing and forwarding requirements.
216   Our goal is to define all of the mechanisms necessary for HTTP message
217   handling that are independent of message semantics, thereby defining the
218   complete set of requirements for message parsers and
219   message-forwarding intermediaries.
223<section title="Requirement Notation" anchor="intro.requirements">
225   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
226   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
227   document are to be interpreted as described in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
231<section title="Syntax Notation" anchor="notation">
232<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ALPHA"/>
233<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CR"/>
234<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CRLF"/>
235<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CTL"/>
236<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DIGIT"/>
237<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DQUOTE"/>
238<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HEXDIG"/>
239<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTAB"/>
240<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="LF"/>
241<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="OCTET"/>
242<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="SP"/>
243<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="VCHAR"/>
245   This specification uses the Augmented Backus-Naur Form (ABNF) notation
246   of <xref target="RFC5234"/> with the list rule extension defined in
247   <xref target="abnf.extension"/>.  <xref target="collected.abnf"/> shows
248   the collected ABNF with the list rule expanded.
250<t anchor="core.rules">
251  <x:anchor-alias value="ALPHA"/>
252  <x:anchor-alias value="CTL"/>
253  <x:anchor-alias value="CR"/>
254  <x:anchor-alias value="CRLF"/>
255  <x:anchor-alias value="DIGIT"/>
256  <x:anchor-alias value="DQUOTE"/>
257  <x:anchor-alias value="HEXDIG"/>
258  <x:anchor-alias value="HTAB"/>
259  <x:anchor-alias value="LF"/>
260  <x:anchor-alias value="OCTET"/>
261  <x:anchor-alias value="SP"/>
262  <x:anchor-alias value="VCHAR"/>
263   The following core rules are included by
264   reference, as defined in <xref target="RFC5234" x:fmt="," x:sec="B.1"/>:
265   ALPHA (letters), CR (carriage return), CRLF (CR LF), CTL (controls),
266   DIGIT (decimal 0-9), DQUOTE (double quote),
267   HEXDIG (hexadecimal 0-9/A-F/a-f), HTAB (horizontal tab), LF (line feed),
268   OCTET (any 8-bit sequence of data), SP (space), and
269   VCHAR (any visible <xref target="USASCII"/> character).
272   As a convention, ABNF rule names prefixed with "obs-" denote
273   "obsolete" grammar rules that appear for historical reasons.
278<section title="Architecture" anchor="architecture">
280   HTTP was created for the World Wide Web architecture
281   and has evolved over time to support the scalability needs of a worldwide
282   hypertext system. Much of that architecture is reflected in the terminology
283   and syntax productions used to define HTTP.
286<section title="Client/Server Messaging" anchor="operation">
287<iref primary="true" item="client"/>
288<iref primary="true" item="server"/>
289<iref primary="true" item="connection"/>
291   HTTP is a stateless request/response protocol that operates by exchanging
292   <x:dfn>messages</x:dfn> (<xref target="http.message"/>) across a reliable
293   transport or session-layer
294   "<x:dfn>connection</x:dfn>". An HTTP "<x:dfn>client</x:dfn>" is a
295   program that establishes a connection to a server for the purpose of
296   sending one or more HTTP requests.  An HTTP "<x:dfn>server</x:dfn>" is a
297   program that accepts connections in order to service HTTP requests by
298   sending HTTP responses.
300<iref primary="true" item="user agent"/>
301<iref primary="true" item="origin server"/>
302<iref primary="true" item="browser"/>
303<iref primary="true" item="spider"/>
304<iref primary="true" item="sender"/>
305<iref primary="true" item="recipient"/>
307   The terms client and server refer only to the roles that
308   these programs perform for a particular connection.  The same program
309   might act as a client on some connections and a server on others.  We use
310   the term "<x:dfn>user agent</x:dfn>" to refer to the program that initiates a request,
311   such as a WWW browser, editor, or spider (web-traversing robot), and
312   the term "<x:dfn>origin server</x:dfn>" to refer to the program that can originate
313   authoritative responses to a request.  For general requirements, we use
314   the term "<x:dfn>sender</x:dfn>" to refer to whichever component sent a given message
315   and the term "<x:dfn>recipient</x:dfn>" to refer to any component that receives the
316   message.
319   HTTP relies upon the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
320   standard <xref target="RFC3986"/> to indicate the target resource
321   (<xref target="target-resource"/>) and relationships between resources.
322   Messages are passed in a format similar to that used by Internet mail
323   <xref target="RFC5322"/> and the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
324   (MIME) <xref target="RFC2045"/> (see &diff-mime; for the differences
325   between HTTP and MIME messages).
328   Most HTTP communication consists of a retrieval request (GET) for
329   a representation of some resource identified by a URI.  In the
330   simplest case, this might be accomplished via a single bidirectional
331   connection (===) between the user agent (UA) and the origin server (O).
333<figure><artwork type="drawing">
334         request   &gt;
335    <x:highlight>UA</x:highlight> ======================================= <x:highlight>O</x:highlight>
336                                &lt;   response
338<iref primary="true" item="message"/>
339<iref primary="true" item="request"/>
340<iref primary="true" item="response"/>
342   A client sends an HTTP request to a server in the form of a <x:dfn>request</x:dfn>
343   message, beginning with a request-line that includes a method, URI, and
344   protocol version (<xref target="request.line"/>),
345   followed by header fields containing
346   request modifiers, client information, and representation metadata
347   (<xref target="header.fields"/>),
348   an empty line to indicate the end of the header section, and finally
349   a message body containing the payload body (if any,
350   <xref target="message.body"/>).
353   A server responds to a client's request by sending one or more HTTP
354   <x:dfn>response</x:dfn>
355   messages, each beginning with a status line that
356   includes the protocol version, a success or error code, and textual
357   reason phrase (<xref target="status.line"/>),
358   possibly followed by header fields containing server
359   information, resource metadata, and representation metadata
360   (<xref target="header.fields"/>),
361   an empty line to indicate the end of the header section, and finally
362   a message body containing the payload body (if any,
363   <xref target="message.body"/>).
366   The following example illustrates a typical message exchange for a
367   GET request on the URI "":
370client request:
371</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
372GET /hello.txt HTTP/1.1
373User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3
375Accept-Language: en, mi
379server response:
380</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;response&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
381HTTP/1.1 200 OK
382Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:28:53 GMT
383Server: Apache
384Last-Modified: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:15:56 GMT
385ETag: "34aa387-d-1568eb00"
386Accept-Ranges: bytes
387Content-Length: <x:length-of target="exbody"/>
388Vary: Accept-Encoding
389Content-Type: text/plain
391<x:span anchor="exbody">Hello World!
395<section title="Implementation Diversity" anchor="implementation-diversity">
397   When considering the design of HTTP, it is easy to fall into a trap of
398   thinking that all user agents are general-purpose browsers and all origin
399   servers are large public websites. That is not the case in practice.
400   Common HTTP user agents include household appliances, stereos, scales,
401   software/firmware updaters, command-line programs, mobile apps,
402   and communication devices in a multitude of shapes and sizes.  Likewise,
403   common HTTP origin servers include home automation units, configurable
404   networking components, office machines, autonomous robots, news feeds,
405   traffic cameras, ad selectors, and video delivery platforms.
408   The term "user agent" does not imply that there is a human user directly
409   interacting with the software agent at the time of a request. In many
410   cases, a user agent is installed or configured to run in the background
411   and save its results for later inspection (or save only a subset of those
412   results that might be interesting or erroneous). Spiders, for example, are
413   typically given a start URI and configured to follow certain behavior while
414   crawling the Web as a hypertext graph.
417   The implementation diversity of HTTP means that we cannot assume the
418   user agent can make interactive suggestions to a user or provide adequate
419   warning for security or privacy options.  In the few cases where this
420   specification requires reporting of errors to the user, it is acceptable
421   for such reporting to only be visible in an error console or log file.
422   Likewise, requirements that an automated action be confirmed by the user
423   before proceeding can me met via advance configuration choices,
424   run-time options, or simply not proceeding with the unsafe action.
428<section title="Connections and Transport Independence" anchor="transport-independence">
430   HTTP messaging is independent of the underlying transport or
431   session-layer connection protocol(s).  HTTP only presumes a reliable
432   transport with in-order delivery of requests and the corresponding
433   in-order delivery of responses.  The mapping of HTTP request and
434   response structures onto the data units of the underlying transport
435   protocol is outside the scope of this specification.
438   The specific connection protocols to be used for an interaction
439   are determined by client configuration and the target URI
440   (<xref target="target-resource"/>).
441   For example, the "http" URI scheme
442   (<xref target="http.uri"/>) indicates a default connection of TCP
443   over IP, with a default TCP port of 80, but the client might be
444   configured to use a proxy via some other connection port or protocol
445   instead of using the defaults.
448   A connection might be used for multiple HTTP request/response exchanges,
449   as defined in <xref target="persistent.connections"/>.
453<section title="Intermediaries" anchor="intermediaries">
454<iref primary="true" item="intermediary"/>
456   HTTP enables the use of intermediaries to satisfy requests through
457   a chain of connections.  There are three common forms of HTTP
458   <x:dfn>intermediary</x:dfn>: proxy, gateway, and tunnel.  In some cases,
459   a single intermediary might act as an origin server, proxy, gateway,
460   or tunnel, switching behavior based on the nature of each request.
462<figure><artwork type="drawing">
463         &gt;             &gt;             &gt;             &gt;
464    <x:highlight>UA</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>A</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>B</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>C</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>O</x:highlight>
465               &lt;             &lt;             &lt;             &lt;
468   The figure above shows three intermediaries (A, B, and C) between the
469   user agent and origin server. A request or response message that
470   travels the whole chain will pass through four separate connections.
471   Some HTTP communication options
472   might apply only to the connection with the nearest, non-tunnel
473   neighbor, only to the end-points of the chain, or to all connections
474   along the chain. Although the diagram is linear, each participant might
475   be engaged in multiple, simultaneous communications. For example, B
476   might be receiving requests from many clients other than A, and/or
477   forwarding requests to servers other than C, at the same time that it
478   is handling A's request.
481<iref primary="true" item="upstream"/><iref primary="true" item="downstream"/>
482<iref primary="true" item="inbound"/><iref primary="true" item="outbound"/>
483   We use the terms "<x:dfn>upstream</x:dfn>" and "<x:dfn>downstream</x:dfn>"
484   to describe various requirements in relation to the directional flow of a
485   message: all messages flow from upstream to downstream.
486   Likewise, we use the terms inbound and outbound to refer to
487   directions in relation to the request path:
488   "<x:dfn>inbound</x:dfn>" means toward the origin server and
489   "<x:dfn>outbound</x:dfn>" means toward the user agent.
491<t><iref primary="true" item="proxy"/>
492   A "<x:dfn>proxy</x:dfn>" is a message forwarding agent that is selected by the
493   client, usually via local configuration rules, to receive requests
494   for some type(s) of absolute URI and attempt to satisfy those
495   requests via translation through the HTTP interface.  Some translations
496   are minimal, such as for proxy requests for "http" URIs, whereas
497   other requests might require translation to and from entirely different
498   application-layer protocols. Proxies are often used to group an
499   organization's HTTP requests through a common intermediary for the
500   sake of security, annotation services, or shared caching.
503<iref primary="true" item="transforming proxy"/>
504<iref primary="true" item="non-transforming proxy"/>
505   An HTTP-to-HTTP proxy is called a "<x:dfn>transforming proxy</x:dfn>" if it is designed
506   or configured to modify request or response messages in a semantically
507   meaningful way (i.e., modifications, beyond those required by normal
508   HTTP processing, that change the message in a way that would be
509   significant to the original sender or potentially significant to
510   downstream recipients).  For example, a transforming proxy might be
511   acting as a shared annotation server (modifying responses to include
512   references to a local annotation database), a malware filter, a
513   format transcoder, or an intranet-to-Internet privacy filter.  Such
514   transformations are presumed to be desired by the client (or client
515   organization) that selected the proxy and are beyond the scope of
516   this specification.  However, when a proxy is not intended to transform
517   a given message, we use the term "<x:dfn>non-transforming proxy</x:dfn>" to target
518   requirements that preserve HTTP message semantics. See &status-203; and
519   &header-warning; for status and warning codes related to transformations.
521<t><iref primary="true" item="gateway"/><iref primary="true" item="reverse proxy"/>
522<iref primary="true" item="accelerator"/>
523   A "<x:dfn>gateway</x:dfn>" (a.k.a., "<x:dfn>reverse proxy</x:dfn>")
524   is a receiving agent that acts
525   as a layer above some other server(s) and translates the received
526   requests to the underlying server's protocol.  Gateways are often
527   used to encapsulate legacy or untrusted information services, to
528   improve server performance through "<x:dfn>accelerator</x:dfn>" caching, and to
529   enable partitioning or load-balancing of HTTP services across
530   multiple machines.
533   A gateway behaves as an origin server on its outbound connection and
534   as a user agent on its inbound connection.
535   All HTTP requirements applicable to an origin server
536   also apply to the outbound communication of a gateway.
537   A gateway communicates with inbound servers using any protocol that
538   it desires, including private extensions to HTTP that are outside
539   the scope of this specification.  However, an HTTP-to-HTTP gateway
540   that wishes to interoperate with third-party HTTP servers &MUST;
541   conform to HTTP user agent requirements on the gateway's inbound
542   connection and &MUST; implement the <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>
543   (<xref target="header.connection"/>) and <x:ref>Via</x:ref>
544   (<xref target="header.via"/>) header fields for both connections.
546<t><iref primary="true" item="tunnel"/>
547   A "<x:dfn>tunnel</x:dfn>" acts as a blind relay between two connections
548   without changing the messages. Once active, a tunnel is not
549   considered a party to the HTTP communication, though the tunnel might
550   have been initiated by an HTTP request. A tunnel ceases to exist when
551   both ends of the relayed connection are closed. Tunnels are used to
552   extend a virtual connection through an intermediary, such as when
553   transport-layer security is used to establish private communication
554   through a shared firewall proxy.
556<t><iref primary="true" item="interception proxy"/>
557<iref primary="true" item="transparent proxy"/>
558<iref primary="true" item="captive portal"/>
559   The above categories for intermediary only consider those acting as
560   participants in the HTTP communication.  There are also intermediaries
561   that can act on lower layers of the network protocol stack, filtering or
562   redirecting HTTP traffic without the knowledge or permission of message
563   senders. Network intermediaries often introduce security flaws or
564   interoperability problems by violating HTTP semantics.  For example, an
565   "<x:dfn>interception proxy</x:dfn>" <xref target="RFC3040"/> (also commonly
566   known as a "<x:dfn>transparent proxy</x:dfn>" <xref target="RFC1919"/> or
567   "<x:dfn>captive portal</x:dfn>")
568   differs from an HTTP proxy because it is not selected by the client.
569   Instead, an interception proxy filters or redirects outgoing TCP port 80
570   packets (and occasionally other common port traffic).
571   Interception proxies are commonly found on public network access points,
572   as a means of enforcing account subscription prior to allowing use of
573   non-local Internet services, and within corporate firewalls to enforce
574   network usage policies.
575   They are indistinguishable from a man-in-the-middle attack.
578   HTTP is defined as a stateless protocol, meaning that each request message
579   can be understood in isolation.  Many implementations depend on HTTP's
580   stateless design in order to reuse proxied connections or dynamically
581   load balance requests across multiple servers.  Hence, servers &MUST-NOT;
582   assume that two requests on the same connection are from the same user
583   agent unless the connection is secured and specific to that agent.
584   Some non-standard HTTP extensions (e.g., <xref target="RFC4559"/>) have
585   been known to violate this requirement, resulting in security and
586   interoperability problems.
590<section title="Caches" anchor="caches">
591<iref primary="true" item="cache"/>
593   A "<x:dfn>cache</x:dfn>" is a local store of previous response messages and the
594   subsystem that controls its message storage, retrieval, and deletion.
595   A cache stores cacheable responses in order to reduce the response
596   time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent
597   requests. Any client or server &MAY; employ a cache, though a cache
598   cannot be used by a server while it is acting as a tunnel.
601   The effect of a cache is that the request/response chain is shortened
602   if one of the participants along the chain has a cached response
603   applicable to that request. The following illustrates the resulting
604   chain if B has a cached copy of an earlier response from O (via C)
605   for a request which has not been cached by UA or A.
607<figure><artwork type="drawing">
608            &gt;             &gt;
609       <x:highlight>UA</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>A</x:highlight> =========== <x:highlight>B</x:highlight> - - - - - - <x:highlight>C</x:highlight> - - - - - - <x:highlight>O</x:highlight>
610                  &lt;             &lt;
612<t><iref primary="true" item="cacheable"/>
613   A response is "<x:dfn>cacheable</x:dfn>" if a cache is allowed to store a copy of
614   the response message for use in answering subsequent requests.
615   Even when a response is cacheable, there might be additional
616   constraints placed by the client or by the origin server on when
617   that cached response can be used for a particular request. HTTP
618   requirements for cache behavior and cacheable responses are
619   defined in &caching-overview;. 
622   There are a wide variety of architectures and configurations
623   of caches and proxies deployed across the World Wide Web and
624   inside large organizations. These systems include national hierarchies
625   of proxy caches to save transoceanic bandwidth, systems that
626   broadcast or multicast cache entries, organizations that distribute
627   subsets of cached data via optical media, and so on.
631<section title="Conformance and Error Handling" anchor="intro.conformance.and.error.handling">
633   This specification targets conformance criteria according to the role of
634   a participant in HTTP communication.  Hence, HTTP requirements are placed
635   on senders, recipients, clients, servers, user agents, intermediaries,
636   origin servers, proxies, gateways, or caches, depending on what behavior
637   is being constrained by the requirement.
640   The verb "generate" is used instead of "send" where a requirement
641   differentiates between creating a protocol element and merely forwarding a
642   received element downstream.
645   An implementation is considered conformant if it complies with all of the
646   requirements associated with the roles it partakes in HTTP. Note that
647   SHOULD-level requirements are relevant here, unless one of the documented
648   exceptions is applicable.
651   In addition to the prose requirements placed upon them, senders &MUST-NOT;
652   generate protocol elements that do not match the grammar defined by the
653   ABNF rules for those protocol elements that are applicable to the sender's
654   role. If a received protocol element is processed, the recipient &MUST; be
655   able to parse any value that would match the ABNF rules for that protocol
656   element, excluding only those rules not applicable to the recipient's role.
659   Unless noted otherwise, a recipient &MAY; attempt to recover a usable
660   protocol element from an invalid construct.  HTTP does not define
661   specific error handling mechanisms except when they have a direct impact
662   on security, since different applications of the protocol require
663   different error handling strategies.  For example, a Web browser might
664   wish to transparently recover from a response where the
665   <x:ref>Location</x:ref> header field doesn't parse according to the ABNF,
666   whereas a systems control client might consider any form of error recovery
667   to be dangerous.
671<section title="Protocol Versioning" anchor="http.version">
672  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-version"/>
673  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-name"/>
675   HTTP uses a "&lt;major&gt;.&lt;minor&gt;" numbering scheme to indicate
676   versions of the protocol. This specification defines version "1.1".
677   The protocol version as a whole indicates the sender's conformance
678   with the set of requirements laid out in that version's corresponding
679   specification of HTTP.
682   The version of an HTTP message is indicated by an HTTP-version field
683   in the first line of the message. HTTP-version is case-sensitive.
685<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-version"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-name"/>
686  <x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref>  = <x:ref>HTTP-name</x:ref> "/" <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> "." <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
687  <x:ref>HTTP-name</x:ref>     = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"HTTP"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "HTTP", case-sensitive
690   The HTTP version number consists of two decimal digits separated by a "."
691   (period or decimal point).  The first digit ("major version") indicates the
692   HTTP messaging syntax, whereas the second digit ("minor version") indicates
693   the highest minor version to which the sender is
694   conformant and able to understand for future communication.  The minor
695   version advertises the sender's communication capabilities even when the
696   sender is only using a backwards-compatible subset of the protocol,
697   thereby letting the recipient know that more advanced features can
698   be used in response (by servers) or in future requests (by clients).
701   When an HTTP/1.1 message is sent to an HTTP/1.0 recipient
702   <xref target="RFC1945"/> or a recipient whose version is unknown,
703   the HTTP/1.1 message is constructed such that it can be interpreted
704   as a valid HTTP/1.0 message if all of the newer features are ignored.
705   This specification places recipient-version requirements on some
706   new features so that a conformant sender will only use compatible
707   features until it has determined, through configuration or the
708   receipt of a message, that the recipient supports HTTP/1.1.
711   The interpretation of a header field does not change between minor
712   versions of the same major HTTP version, though the default
713   behavior of a recipient in the absence of such a field can change.
714   Unless specified otherwise, header fields defined in HTTP/1.1 are
715   defined for all versions of HTTP/1.x.  In particular, the <x:ref>Host</x:ref>
716   and <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header fields ought to be implemented by all
717   HTTP/1.x implementations whether or not they advertise conformance with
718   HTTP/1.1.
721   New header fields can be defined such that, when they are
722   understood by a recipient, they might override or enhance the
723   interpretation of previously defined header fields.  When an
724   implementation receives an unrecognized header field, the recipient
725   &MUST; ignore that header field for local processing regardless of
726   the message's HTTP version.  An unrecognized header field received
727   by a proxy &MUST; be forwarded downstream unless the header field's
728   field-name is listed in the message's <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field
729   (see <xref target="header.connection"/>).
730   These requirements allow HTTP's functionality to be enhanced without
731   requiring prior update of deployed intermediaries.
734   Intermediaries that process HTTP messages (i.e., all intermediaries
735   other than those acting as tunnels) &MUST; send their own HTTP-version
736   in forwarded messages.  In other words, they &MUST-NOT; blindly
737   forward the first line of an HTTP message without ensuring that the
738   protocol version in that message matches a version to which that
739   intermediary is conformant for both the receiving and
740   sending of messages.  Forwarding an HTTP message without rewriting
741   the HTTP-version might result in communication errors when downstream
742   recipients use the message sender's version to determine what features
743   are safe to use for later communication with that sender.
746   An HTTP client &SHOULD; send a request version equal to the highest
747   version to which the client is conformant and
748   whose major version is no higher than the highest version supported
749   by the server, if this is known.  An HTTP client &MUST-NOT; send a
750   version to which it is not conformant.
753   An HTTP client &MAY; send a lower request version if it is known that
754   the server incorrectly implements the HTTP specification, but only
755   after the client has attempted at least one normal request and determined
756   from the response status or header fields (e.g., <x:ref>Server</x:ref>) that
757   the server improperly handles higher request versions.
760   An HTTP server &SHOULD; send a response version equal to the highest
761   version to which the server is conformant and
762   whose major version is less than or equal to the one received in the
763   request.  An HTTP server &MUST-NOT; send a version to which it is not
764   conformant.  A server &MAY; send a <x:ref>505 (HTTP Version Not
765   Supported)</x:ref> response if it cannot send a response using the
766   major version used in the client's request.
769   An HTTP server &MAY; send an HTTP/1.0 response to an HTTP/1.0 request
770   if it is known or suspected that the client incorrectly implements the
771   HTTP specification and is incapable of correctly processing later
772   version responses, such as when a client fails to parse the version
773   number correctly or when an intermediary is known to blindly forward
774   the HTTP-version even when it doesn't conform to the given minor
775   version of the protocol. Such protocol downgrades &SHOULD-NOT; be
776   performed unless triggered by specific client attributes, such as when
777   one or more of the request header fields (e.g., <x:ref>User-Agent</x:ref>)
778   uniquely match the values sent by a client known to be in error.
781   The intention of HTTP's versioning design is that the major number
782   will only be incremented if an incompatible message syntax is
783   introduced, and that the minor number will only be incremented when
784   changes made to the protocol have the effect of adding to the message
785   semantics or implying additional capabilities of the sender.  However,
786   the minor version was not incremented for the changes introduced between
787   <xref target="RFC2068"/> and <xref target="RFC2616"/>, and this revision
788   is specifically avoiding any such changes to the protocol.
792<section title="Uniform Resource Identifiers" anchor="uri">
793<iref primary="true" item="resource"/>
795   Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) <xref target="RFC3986"/> are used
796   throughout HTTP as the means for identifying resources. URI references
797   are used to target requests, indicate redirects, and define relationships.
798   HTTP does not limit what a resource might be; it merely defines an interface
799   that can be used to interact with a resource via HTTP. More information on
800   the scope of URIs and resources can be found in <xref target="RFC3986"/>.
802  <x:anchor-alias value="URI-reference"/>
803  <x:anchor-alias value="absolute-URI"/>
804  <x:anchor-alias value="relative-part"/>
805  <x:anchor-alias value="authority"/>
806  <x:anchor-alias value="path-abempty"/>
807  <x:anchor-alias value="path-absolute"/>
808  <x:anchor-alias value="port"/>
809  <x:anchor-alias value="query"/>
810  <x:anchor-alias value="uri-host"/>
811  <x:anchor-alias value="partial-URI"/>
813   This specification adopts the definitions of "URI-reference",
814   "absolute-URI", "relative-part", "port", "host",
815   "path-abempty", "path-absolute", "query", and "authority" from the
816   URI generic syntax <xref target="RFC3986"/>.
817   In addition, we define a partial-URI rule for protocol elements
818   that allow a relative URI but not a fragment.
820<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="URI-reference"><!--exported production--></iref><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="absolute-URI"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="authority"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="path-absolute"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="port"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="query"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="uri-host"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="partial-URI"><!--exported production--></iref>
821  <x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.1"/>&gt;
822  <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>  = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.3"/>&gt;
823  <x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.2"/>&gt;
824  <x:ref>authority</x:ref>     = &lt;authority, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2"/>&gt;
825  <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref>  = &lt;path-abempty, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
826  <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
827  <x:ref>port</x:ref>          = &lt;port, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.3"/>&gt;
828  <x:ref>query</x:ref>         = &lt;query, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.4"/>&gt;
829  <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref>      = &lt;host, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>&gt;
831  <x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref>   = relative-part [ "?" query ]
834   Each protocol element in HTTP that allows a URI reference will indicate
835   in its ABNF production whether the element allows any form of reference
836   (URI-reference), only a URI in absolute form (absolute-URI), only the
837   path and optional query components, or some combination of the above.
838   Unless otherwise indicated, URI references are parsed
839   relative to the effective request URI
840   (<xref target="effective.request.uri"/>).
843<section title="http URI scheme" anchor="http.uri">
844  <x:anchor-alias value="http-URI"/>
845  <iref item="http URI scheme" primary="true"/>
846  <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="http" primary="true"/>
848   The "http" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
849   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
850   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
851   TCP connections on a given port.
853<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="http-URI"><!--terminal production--></iref>
854  <x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
857   The HTTP origin server is identified by the generic syntax's
858   <x:ref>authority</x:ref> component, which includes a host identifier
859   and optional TCP port (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>).
860   The remainder of the URI, consisting of both the hierarchical path
861   component and optional query component, serves as an identifier for
862   a potential resource within that origin server's name space.
865   If the host identifier is provided as an IP literal or IPv4 address,
866   then the origin server is any listener on the indicated TCP port at
867   that IP address. If host is a registered name, then that name is
868   considered an indirect identifier and the recipient might use a name
869   resolution service, such as DNS, to find the address of a listener
870   for that host.
871   The host &MUST-NOT; be empty; if an "http" URI is received with an
872   empty host, then it &MUST; be rejected as invalid.
873   If the port subcomponent is empty or not given, then TCP port 80 is
874   assumed (the default reserved port for WWW services).
877   Regardless of the form of host identifier, access to that host is not
878   implied by the mere presence of its name or address. The host might or might
879   not exist and, even when it does exist, might or might not be running an
880   HTTP server or listening to the indicated port. The "http" URI scheme
881   makes use of the delegated nature of Internet names and addresses to
882   establish a naming authority (whatever entity has the ability to place
883   an HTTP server at that Internet name or address) and allows that
884   authority to determine which names are valid and how they might be used.
887   When an "http" URI is used within a context that calls for access to the
888   indicated resource, a client &MAY; attempt access by resolving
889   the host to an IP address, establishing a TCP connection to that address
890   on the indicated port, and sending an HTTP request message
891   (<xref target="http.message"/>) containing the URI's identifying data
892   (<xref target="message.routing"/>) to the server.
893   If the server responds to that request with a non-interim HTTP response
894   message, as described in &status-codes;, then that response
895   is considered an authoritative answer to the client's request.
898   Although HTTP is independent of the transport protocol, the "http"
899   scheme is specific to TCP-based services because the name delegation
900   process depends on TCP for establishing authority.
901   An HTTP service based on some other underlying connection protocol
902   would presumably be identified using a different URI scheme, just as
903   the "https" scheme (below) is used for servers that require an SSL/TLS
904   transport layer on a connection. Other protocols might also be used to
905   provide access to "http" identified resources &mdash; it is only the
906   authoritative interface used for mapping the namespace that is
907   specific to TCP.
910   The URI generic syntax for authority also includes a deprecated
911   userinfo subcomponent (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.1"/>)
912   for including user authentication information in the URI.  Some
913   implementations make use of the userinfo component for internal
914   configuration of authentication information, such as within command
915   invocation options, configuration files, or bookmark lists, even
916   though such usage might expose a user identifier or password.
917   Senders &MUST-NOT; include a userinfo subcomponent (and its "@"
918   delimiter) when transmitting an "http" URI in a message.  Recipients
919   of HTTP messages that contain a URI reference &SHOULD; parse for the
920   existence of userinfo and treat its presence as an error, likely
921   indicating that the deprecated subcomponent is being used to obscure
922   the authority for the sake of phishing attacks.
926<section title="https URI scheme" anchor="https.uri">
927   <x:anchor-alias value="https-URI"/>
928   <iref item="https URI scheme"/>
929   <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="https"/>
931   The "https" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
932   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
933   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
934   SSL/TLS-secured connections on a given TCP port.
937   All of the requirements listed above for the "http" scheme are also
938   requirements for the "https" scheme, except that a default TCP port
939   of 443 is assumed if the port subcomponent is empty or not given,
940   and the TCP connection &MUST; be secured for privacy through the
941   use of strong encryption prior to sending the first HTTP request.
943<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="https-URI"><!--terminal production--></iref>
944  <x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
947   Unlike the "http" scheme, responses to "https" identified requests
948   are never "public" and thus &MUST-NOT; be reused for shared caching.
949   They can, however, be reused in a private cache if the message is
950   cacheable by default in HTTP or specifically indicated as such by
951   the Cache-Control header field (&header-cache-control;).
954   Resources made available via the "https" scheme have no shared
955   identity with the "http" scheme even if their resource identifiers
956   indicate the same authority (the same host listening to the same
957   TCP port).  They are distinct name spaces and are considered to be
958   distinct origin servers.  However, an extension to HTTP that is
959   defined to apply to entire host domains, such as the Cookie protocol
960   <xref target="RFC6265"/>, can allow information
961   set by one service to impact communication with other services
962   within a matching group of host domains.
965   The process for authoritative access to an "https" identified
966   resource is defined in <xref target="RFC2818"/>.
970<section title="http and https URI Normalization and Comparison" anchor="uri.comparison">
972   Since the "http" and "https" schemes conform to the URI generic syntax,
973   such URIs are normalized and compared according to the algorithm defined
974   in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>, using the defaults
975   described above for each scheme.
978   If the port is equal to the default port for a scheme, the normal
979   form is to elide the port subcomponent. Likewise, an empty path
980   component is equivalent to an absolute path of "/", so the normal
981   form is to provide a path of "/" instead. The scheme and host
982   are case-insensitive and normally provided in lowercase; all
983   other components are compared in a case-sensitive manner.
984   Characters other than those in the "reserved" set are equivalent
985   to their percent-encoded octets (see <xref target="RFC3986"
986   x:fmt="," x:sec="2.1"/>): the normal form is to not encode them.
989   For example, the following three URIs are equivalent:
991<figure><artwork type="example">
1000<section title="Message Format" anchor="http.message">
1001<x:anchor-alias value="generic-message"/>
1002<x:anchor-alias value="message.types"/>
1003<x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-message"/>
1004<x:anchor-alias value="start-line"/>
1005<iref item="header section"/>
1006<iref item="headers"/>
1007<iref item="header field"/>
1009   All HTTP/1.1 messages consist of a start-line followed by a sequence of
1010   octets in a format similar to the Internet Message Format
1011   <xref target="RFC5322"/>: zero or more header fields (collectively
1012   referred to as the "headers" or the "header section"), an empty line
1013   indicating the end of the header section, and an optional message body.
1015<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-message"><!--terminal production--></iref>
1016  <x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref>   = <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>
1017                   *( <x:ref>header-field</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1018                   <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1019                   [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]
1022   The normal procedure for parsing an HTTP message is to read the
1023   start-line into a structure, read each header field into a hash
1024   table by field name until the empty line, and then use the parsed
1025   data to determine if a message body is expected.  If a message body
1026   has been indicated, then it is read as a stream until an amount
1027   of octets equal to the message body length is read or the connection
1028   is closed.
1031   Recipients &MUST; parse an HTTP message as a sequence of octets in an
1032   encoding that is a superset of US-ASCII <xref target="USASCII"/>.
1033   Parsing an HTTP message as a stream of Unicode characters, without regard
1034   for the specific encoding, creates security vulnerabilities due to the
1035   varying ways that string processing libraries handle invalid multibyte
1036   character sequences that contain the octet LF (%x0A).  String-based
1037   parsers can only be safely used within protocol elements after the element
1038   has been extracted from the message, such as within a header field-value
1039   after message parsing has delineated the individual fields.
1042   An HTTP message can be parsed as a stream for incremental processing or
1043   forwarding downstream.  However, recipients cannot rely on incremental
1044   delivery of partial messages, since some implementations will buffer or
1045   delay message forwarding for the sake of network efficiency, security
1046   checks, or payload transformations.
1049<section title="Start Line" anchor="start.line">
1050  <x:anchor-alias value="Start-Line"/>
1052   An HTTP message can either be a request from client to server or a
1053   response from server to client.  Syntactically, the two types of message
1054   differ only in the start-line, which is either a request-line (for requests)
1055   or a status-line (for responses), and in the algorithm for determining
1056   the length of the message body (<xref target="message.body"/>).
1057   In theory, a client could receive requests and a server could receive
1058   responses, distinguishing them by their different start-line formats,
1059   but in practice servers are implemented to only expect a request
1060   (a response is interpreted as an unknown or invalid request method)
1061   and clients are implemented to only expect a response.
1063<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="start-line"/>
1064  <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>     = <x:ref>request-line</x:ref> / <x:ref>status-line</x:ref>
1067   Implementations &MUST-NOT; send whitespace between the start-line and
1068   the first header field. The presence of such whitespace in a request
1069   might be an attempt to trick a server into ignoring that field or
1070   processing the line after it as a new request, either of which might
1071   result in a security vulnerability if other implementations within
1072   the request chain interpret the same message differently.
1073   Likewise, the presence of such whitespace in a response might be
1074   ignored by some clients or cause others to cease parsing.
1077<section title="Request Line" anchor="request.line">
1078  <x:anchor-alias value="Request"/>
1079  <x:anchor-alias value="request-line"/>
1081   A request-line begins with a method token, followed by a single
1082   space (SP), the request-target, another single space (SP), the
1083   protocol version, and ending with CRLF.
1085<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="request-line"/>
1086  <x:ref>request-line</x:ref>   = <x:ref>method</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>request-target</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1089   A server &MUST; be able to parse any received message that begins
1090   with a request-line and matches the ABNF rule for HTTP-message.
1092<iref primary="true" item="method"/>
1093<t anchor="method">
1094   The method token indicates the request method to be performed on the
1095   target resource. The request method is case-sensitive.
1097<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="method"/>
1098  <x:ref>method</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1101   The methods defined by this specification can be found in
1102   &methods;, along with information regarding the HTTP method registry
1103   and considerations for defining new methods.
1105<iref item="request-target"/>
1107   The request-target identifies the target resource upon which to apply
1108   the request, as defined in <xref target="request-target"/>.
1111   No whitespace is allowed inside the method, request-target, and
1112   protocol version.  Hence, recipients typically parse the request-line
1113   into its component parts by splitting on the SP characters.
1116   Unfortunately, some user agents fail to properly encode hypertext
1117   references that have embedded whitespace, sending the characters
1118   directly instead of properly percent-encoding the disallowed characters.
1119   Recipients of an invalid request-line &SHOULD; respond with either a
1120   <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> error or a <x:ref>301 (Moved Permanently)</x:ref>
1121   redirect with the request-target properly encoded.  Recipients &SHOULD-NOT;
1122   attempt to autocorrect and then process the request without a redirect,
1123   since the invalid request-line might be deliberately crafted to bypass
1124   security filters along the request chain.
1127   HTTP does not place a pre-defined limit on the length of a request-line.
1128   A server that receives a method longer than any that it implements
1129   &SHOULD; respond with either a <x:ref>405 (Method Not Allowed)</x:ref>, if it is an origin
1130   server, or a <x:ref>501 (Not Implemented)</x:ref> status code.
1131   A server &MUST; be prepared to receive URIs of unbounded length and
1132   respond with the <x:ref>414 (URI Too Long)</x:ref> status code if the received
1133   request-target would be longer than the server wishes to handle
1134   (see &status-414;).
1137   Various ad-hoc limitations on request-line length are found in practice.
1138   It is &RECOMMENDED; that all HTTP senders and recipients support, at a
1139   minimum, request-line lengths of up to 8000 octets.
1143<section title="Status Line" anchor="status.line">
1144  <x:anchor-alias value="response"/>
1145  <x:anchor-alias value="status-line"/>
1146  <x:anchor-alias value="status-code"/>
1147  <x:anchor-alias value="reason-phrase"/>
1149   The first line of a response message is the status-line, consisting
1150   of the protocol version, a space (SP), the status code, another space,
1151   a possibly-empty textual phrase describing the status code, and
1152   ending with CRLF.
1154<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="status-line"/>
1155  <x:ref>status-line</x:ref> = <x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>status-code</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>reason-phrase</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1158   A client &MUST; be able to parse any received message that begins
1159   with a status-line and matches the ABNF rule for HTTP-message.
1162   The status-code element is a 3-digit integer code describing the
1163   result of the server's attempt to understand and satisfy the client's
1164   corresponding request. The rest of the response message is to be
1165   interpreted in light of the semantics defined for that status code.
1166   See &status-codes; for information about the semantics of status codes,
1167   including the classes of status code (indicated by the first digit),
1168   the status codes defined by this specification, considerations for the
1169   definition of new status codes, and the IANA registry.
1171<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="status-code"/>
1172  <x:ref>status-code</x:ref>    = 3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1175   The reason-phrase element exists for the sole purpose of providing a
1176   textual description associated with the numeric status code, mostly
1177   out of deference to earlier Internet application protocols that were more
1178   frequently used with interactive text clients. A client &SHOULD; ignore
1179   the reason-phrase content.
1181<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="reason-phrase"/>
1182  <x:ref>reason-phrase</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1187<section title="Header Fields" anchor="header.fields">
1188  <x:anchor-alias value="header-field"/>
1189  <x:anchor-alias value="field-content"/>
1190  <x:anchor-alias value="field-name"/>
1191  <x:anchor-alias value="field-value"/>
1192  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-fold"/>
1194   Each HTTP header field consists of a case-insensitive field name
1195   followed by a colon (":"), optional whitespace, and the field value.
1197<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="header-field"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="field-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="field-value"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="field-content"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="obs-fold"/>
1198  <x:ref>header-field</x:ref>   = <x:ref>field-name</x:ref> ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>field-value</x:ref> <x:ref>BWS</x:ref>
1199  <x:ref>field-name</x:ref>     = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1200  <x:ref>field-value</x:ref>    = *( <x:ref>field-content</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref> )
1201  <x:ref>field-content</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1202  <x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref>       = <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> ( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> )
1203                 ; obsolete line folding
1204                 ; see <xref target="field.parsing"/>
1207   The field-name token labels the corresponding field-value as having the
1208   semantics defined by that header field.  For example, the <x:ref>Date</x:ref>
1209   header field is defined in &header-date; as containing the origination
1210   timestamp for the message in which it appears.
1213   HTTP header fields are fully extensible: there is no limit on the
1214   introduction of new field names, each presumably defining new semantics,
1215   or on the number of header fields used in a given message.  Existing
1216   fields are defined in each part of this specification and in many other
1217   specifications outside the standards process.
1218   New header fields can be introduced without changing the protocol version
1219   if their defined semantics allow them to be safely ignored by recipients
1220   that do not recognize them.
1223   New HTTP header fields &SHOULD; be registered with IANA according
1224   to the procedures in &cons-new-header-fields;.
1225   Unrecognized header fields &MUST; be forwarded by a proxy unless the
1226   field-name is listed in the <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field
1227   (<xref target="header.connection"/>) or the proxy is specifically
1228   configured to block or otherwise transform such fields.
1229   Unrecognized header fields &SHOULD; be ignored by other recipients.
1232   The order in which header fields with differing field names are
1233   received is not significant. However, it is "good practice" to send
1234   header fields that contain control data first, such as <x:ref>Host</x:ref>
1235   on requests and <x:ref>Date</x:ref> on responses, so that implementations
1236   can decide when not to handle a message as early as possible.  A server
1237   &MUST; wait until the entire header section is received before interpreting
1238   a request message, since later header fields might include conditionals,
1239   authentication credentials, or deliberately misleading duplicate
1240   header fields that would impact request processing.
1243   Multiple header fields with the same field name &MUST-NOT; be
1244   sent in a message unless the entire field value for that
1245   header field is defined as a comma-separated list [i.e., #(values)].
1246   Multiple header fields with the same field name can be combined into
1247   one "field-name: field-value" pair, without changing the semantics of the
1248   message, by appending each subsequent field value to the combined
1249   field value in order, separated by a comma. The order in which
1250   header fields with the same field name are received is therefore
1251   significant to the interpretation of the combined field value;
1252   a proxy &MUST-NOT; change the order of these field values when
1253   forwarding a message.
1256  <t>
1257   &Note; The "Set-Cookie" header field as implemented in
1258   practice can occur multiple times, but does not use the list syntax, and
1259   thus cannot be combined into a single line (<xref target="RFC6265"/>). (See Appendix A.2.3 of <xref target="Kri2001"/>
1260   for details.) Also note that the Set-Cookie2 header field specified in
1261   <xref target="RFC2965"/> does not share this problem.
1262  </t>
1265<section title="Whitespace" anchor="whitespace">
1266<t anchor="rule.LWS">
1267   This specification uses three rules to denote the use of linear
1268   whitespace: OWS (optional whitespace), RWS (required whitespace), and
1269   BWS ("bad" whitespace).
1271<t anchor="rule.OWS">
1272   The OWS rule is used where zero or more linear whitespace octets might
1273   appear. OWS &SHOULD; either not be produced or be produced as a single
1274   SP. Multiple OWS octets that occur within field-content &SHOULD; either
1275   be replaced with a single SP or transformed to all SP octets (each
1276   octet other than SP replaced with SP) before interpreting the field value
1277   or forwarding the message downstream.
1279<t anchor="rule.RWS">
1280   RWS is used when at least one linear whitespace octet is required to
1281   separate field tokens. RWS &SHOULD; be produced as a single SP.
1282   Multiple RWS octets that occur within field-content &SHOULD; either
1283   be replaced with a single SP or transformed to all SP octets before
1284   interpreting the field value or forwarding the message downstream.
1286<t anchor="rule.BWS">
1287   BWS is used where the grammar allows optional whitespace for historical
1288   reasons but senders &SHOULD-NOT; produce it in messages. HTTP/1.1
1289   recipients &MUST; accept such bad optional whitespace and remove it before
1290   interpreting the field value or forwarding the message downstream.
1292<t anchor="rule.whitespace">
1293  <x:anchor-alias value="BWS"/>
1294  <x:anchor-alias value="OWS"/>
1295  <x:anchor-alias value="RWS"/>
1297<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="OWS"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="RWS"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="BWS"/>
1298  <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>            = *( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> )
1299                 ; "optional" whitespace
1300  <x:ref>RWS</x:ref>            = 1*( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> )
1301                 ; "required" whitespace
1302  <x:ref>BWS</x:ref>            = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>
1303                 ; "bad" whitespace
1307<section title="Field Parsing" anchor="field.parsing">
1309   No whitespace is allowed between the header field-name and colon.
1310   In the past, differences in the handling of such whitespace have led to
1311   security vulnerabilities in request routing and response handling.
1312   Any received request message that contains whitespace between a header
1313   field-name and colon &MUST; be rejected with a response code of 400
1314   (Bad Request).  A proxy &MUST; remove any such whitespace from a response
1315   message before forwarding the message downstream.
1318   A field value &MAY; be preceded by optional whitespace (OWS); a single SP is
1319   preferred. The field value does not include any leading or trailing white
1320   space: OWS occurring before the first non-whitespace octet of the
1321   field value or after the last non-whitespace octet of the field value
1322   is ignored and &SHOULD; be removed before further processing (as this does
1323   not change the meaning of the header field).
1326   Historically, HTTP header field values could be extended over multiple
1327   lines by preceding each extra line with at least one space or horizontal
1328   tab (obs-fold). This specification deprecates such line
1329   folding except within the message/http media type
1330   (<xref target=""/>).
1331   HTTP senders &MUST-NOT; produce messages that include line folding
1332   (i.e., that contain any field-value that matches the obs-fold rule) unless
1333   the message is intended for packaging within the message/http media type.
1334   HTTP recipients &SHOULD; accept line folding and replace any embedded
1335   obs-fold whitespace with either a single SP or a matching number of SP
1336   octets (to avoid buffer copying) prior to interpreting the field value or
1337   forwarding the message downstream.
1340   Historically, HTTP has allowed field content with text in the ISO-8859-1
1341   <xref target="ISO-8859-1"/> character encoding and supported other
1342   character sets only through use of <xref target="RFC2047"/> encoding.
1343   In practice, most HTTP header field values use only a subset of the
1344   US-ASCII character encoding <xref target="USASCII"/>. Newly defined
1345   header fields &SHOULD; limit their field values to US-ASCII octets.
1346   Recipients &SHOULD; treat other (obs-text) octets in field content as
1347   opaque data.
1351<section title="Field Length" anchor="field.length">
1353   HTTP does not place a pre-defined limit on the length of header fields,
1354   either in isolation or as a set. A server &MUST; be prepared to receive
1355   request header fields of unbounded length and respond with a <x:ref>4xx
1356   (Client Error)</x:ref> status code if the received header field(s) would be
1357   longer than the server wishes to handle.
1360   A client that receives response header fields that are longer than it wishes
1361   to handle can only treat it as a server error.
1364   Various ad-hoc limitations on header field length are found in practice. It
1365   is &RECOMMENDED; that all HTTP senders and recipients support messages whose
1366   combined header fields have 4000 or more octets.
1370<section title="Field value components" anchor="field.components">
1371<t anchor="rule.token.separators">
1372  <x:anchor-alias value="tchar"/>
1373  <x:anchor-alias value="token"/>
1374  <x:anchor-alias value="special"/>
1375  <x:anchor-alias value="word"/>
1376   Many HTTP/1.1 header field values consist of words (token or quoted-string)
1377   separated by whitespace or special characters. These special characters
1378   &MUST; be in a quoted string to be used within a parameter value (as defined
1379   in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
1381<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="word"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="token"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="tchar"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="special"><!--unused production--></iref>
1382  <x:ref>word</x:ref>           = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>
1384  <x:ref>token</x:ref>          = 1*<x:ref>tchar</x:ref>
1386  IMPORTANT: when editing "tchar" make sure that "special" is updated accordingly!!!
1387 -->
1388  <x:ref>tchar</x:ref>          = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*"
1389                 / "+" / "-" / "." / "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~"
1390                 / <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> / <x:ref>ALPHA</x:ref>
1391                 ; any <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref>, except <x:ref>special</x:ref>
1393  <x:ref>special</x:ref>        = "(" / ")" / "&lt;" / ">" / "@" / ","
1394                 / ";" / ":" / "\" / DQUOTE / "/" / "["
1395                 / "]" / "?" / "=" / "{" / "}"
1397<t anchor="rule.quoted-string">
1398  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-string"/>
1399  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext"/>
1400  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-text"/>
1401   A string of text is parsed as a single word if it is quoted using
1402   double-quote marks.
1404<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-string"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qdtext"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="obs-text"/>
1405  <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>  = <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> *( <x:ref>qdtext</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> ) <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref>
1406  <x:ref>qdtext</x:ref>         = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / %x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1407  <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>       = %x80-FF
1409<t anchor="rule.quoted-pair">
1410  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-pair"/>
1411   The backslash octet ("\") can be used as a single-octet
1412   quoting mechanism within quoted-string constructs:
1414<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-pair"/>
1415  <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref>    = "\" ( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1418   Recipients that process the value of the quoted-string &MUST; handle a
1419   quoted-pair as if it were replaced by the octet following the backslash.
1422   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; escape octets in quoted-strings that do not require
1423   escaping (i.e., other than DQUOTE and the backslash octet).
1425<t anchor="rule.comment">
1426  <x:anchor-alias value="comment"/>
1427  <x:anchor-alias value="ctext"/>
1428   Comments can be included in some HTTP header fields by surrounding
1429   the comment text with parentheses. Comments are only allowed in
1430   fields containing "comment" as part of their field value definition.
1432<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="comment"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ctext"/>
1433  <x:ref>comment</x:ref>        = "(" *( <x:ref>ctext</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> / <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ) ")"
1434  <x:ref>ctext</x:ref>          = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / %x21-27 / %x2A-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1436<t anchor="rule.quoted-cpair">
1437  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-cpair"/>
1438   The backslash octet ("\") can be used as a single-octet
1439   quoting mechanism within comment constructs:
1441<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-cpair"/>
1442  <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref>   = "\" ( <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1445   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; escape octets in comments that do not require escaping
1446   (i.e., other than the backslash octet "\" and the parentheses "(" and ")").
1450<section title="ABNF list extension: #rule" anchor="abnf.extension">
1452  A #rule extension to the ABNF rules of <xref target="RFC5234"/> is used to
1453  improve readability in the definitions of some header field values.
1456  A construct "#" is defined, similar to "*", for defining comma-delimited
1457  lists of elements. The full form is "&lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element" indicating
1458  at least &lt;n&gt; and at most &lt;m&gt; elements, each separated by a single
1459  comma (",") and optional whitespace (OWS).   
1462  Thus,
1463</preamble><artwork type="example">
1464  1#element =&gt; element *( OWS "," OWS element )
1467  and:
1468</preamble><artwork type="example">
1469  #element =&gt; [ 1#element ]
1472  and for n &gt;= 1 and m &gt; 1:
1473</preamble><artwork type="example">
1474  &lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element =&gt; element &lt;n-1&gt;*&lt;m-1&gt;( OWS "," OWS element )
1477  For compatibility with legacy list rules, recipients &SHOULD; accept empty
1478  list elements. In other words, consumers would follow the list productions:
1480<figure><artwork type="example">
1481  #element =&gt; [ ( "," / element ) *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] ) ]
1483  1#element =&gt; *( "," OWS ) element *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] )
1486  Note that empty elements do not contribute to the count of elements present,
1487  though.
1490  For example, given these ABNF productions:
1492<figure><artwork type="example">
1493  example-list      = 1#example-list-elmt
1494  example-list-elmt = token ; see <xref target="field.components"/>
1497  Then these are valid values for example-list (not including the double
1498  quotes, which are present for delimitation only):
1500<figure><artwork type="example">
1501  "foo,bar"
1502  "foo ,bar,"
1503  "foo , ,bar,charlie   "
1506  But these values would be invalid, as at least one non-empty element is
1507  required:
1509<figure><artwork type="example">
1510  ""
1511  ","
1512  ",   ,"
1515  <xref target="collected.abnf"/> shows the collected ABNF, with the list rules
1516  expanded as explained above.
1521<section title="Message Body" anchor="message.body">
1522  <x:anchor-alias value="message-body"/>
1524   The message body (if any) of an HTTP message is used to carry the
1525   payload body of that request or response.  The message body is
1526   identical to the payload body unless a transfer coding has been
1527   applied, as described in <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>.
1529<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="message-body"/>
1530  <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = *OCTET
1533   The rules for when a message body is allowed in a message differ for
1534   requests and responses.
1537   The presence of a message body in a request is signaled by a
1538   a <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> or <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header
1539   field. Request message framing is independent of method semantics,
1540   even if the method does not define any use for a message body.
1543   The presence of a message body in a response depends on both
1544   the request method to which it is responding and the response
1545   status code (<xref target="status.line"/>).
1546   Responses to the HEAD request method never include a message body
1547   because the associated response header fields (e.g.,
1548   <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>, <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref>, etc.) only
1549   indicate what their values would have been if the request method had been
1550   GET. <x:ref>2xx (Successful)</x:ref> responses to CONNECT switch to tunnel
1551   mode instead of having a message body.
1552   All <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref>, <x:ref>204 (No Content)</x:ref>, and
1553   <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> responses &MUST-NOT; include a message body.
1554   All other responses do include a message body, although the body
1555   &MAY; be of zero length.
1558<section title="Transfer-Encoding" anchor="header.transfer-encoding">
1559  <iref primary="true" item="Transfer-Encoding header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
1560  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Transfer-Encoding" x:for-anchor=""/>
1561  <x:anchor-alias value="Transfer-Encoding"/>
1563   When one or more transfer codings are applied to a payload body in order
1564   to form the message body, a Transfer-Encoding header field &MUST; be sent
1565   in the message and &MUST; contain the list of corresponding
1566   transfer-coding names in the same order that they were applied.
1567   Transfer codings are defined in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>.
1569<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Transfer-Encoding"/>
1570  <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>
1573   Transfer-Encoding is analogous to the Content-Transfer-Encoding field of
1574   MIME, which was designed to enable safe transport of binary data over a
1575   7-bit transport service (<xref target="RFC2045" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>).
1576   However, safe transport has a different focus for an 8bit-clean transfer
1577   protocol. In HTTP's case, Transfer-Encoding is primarily intended to
1578   accurately delimit a dynamically generated payload and to distinguish
1579   payload encodings that are only applied for transport efficiency or
1580   security from those that are characteristics of the target resource.
1583   The "chunked" transfer-coding (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
1584   &MUST; be implemented by all HTTP/1.1 recipients because it plays a
1585   crucial role in delimiting messages when the payload body size is not
1586   known in advance.
1587   When the "chunked" transfer-coding is used, it &MUST; be the last
1588   transfer-coding applied to form the message body and &MUST-NOT;
1589   be applied more than once in a message body.
1590   If any transfer-coding is applied to a request payload body,
1591   the final transfer-coding applied &MUST; be "chunked".
1592   If any transfer-coding is applied to a response payload body, then either
1593   the final transfer-coding applied &MUST; be "chunked" or
1594   the message &MUST; be terminated by closing the connection.
1597   For example,
1598</preamble><artwork type="example">
1599  Transfer-Encoding: gzip, chunked
1601   indicates that the payload body has been compressed using the gzip
1602   coding and then chunked using the chunked coding while forming the
1603   message body.
1606   If more than one Transfer-Encoding header field is present in a message,
1607   the multiple field-values &MUST; be combined into one field-value,
1608   according to the algorithm defined in <xref target="header.fields"/>,
1609   before determining the message body length.
1612   Unlike <x:ref>Content-Encoding</x:ref> (&content-codings;),
1613   Transfer-Encoding is a property of the message, not of the payload, and thus
1614   &MAY; be added or removed by any implementation along the request/response
1615   chain. Additional information about the encoding parameters &MAY; be
1616   provided by other header fields not defined by this specification.
1619   Transfer-Encoding &MAY; be sent in a response to a HEAD request or in a
1620   <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> response (&status-304;) to a GET request,
1621   neither of which includes a message body,
1622   to indicate that the origin server would have applied a transfer coding
1623   to the message body if the request had been an unconditional GET.
1624   This indication is not required, however, because any recipient on
1625   the response chain (including the origin server) can remove transfer
1626   codings when they are not needed.
1629   Transfer-Encoding was added in HTTP/1.1.  It is generally assumed that
1630   implementations advertising only HTTP/1.0 support will not understand
1631   how to process a transfer-encoded payload.
1632   A client &MUST-NOT; send a request containing Transfer-Encoding unless it
1633   knows the server will handle HTTP/1.1 (or later) requests; such knowledge
1634   might be in the form of specific user configuration or by remembering the
1635   version of a prior received response.
1636   A server &MUST-NOT; send a response containing Transfer-Encoding unless
1637   the corresponding request indicates HTTP/1.1 (or later).
1640   A server that receives a request message with a transfer-coding it does
1641   not understand &SHOULD; respond with <x:ref>501 (Not Implemented)</x:ref> and then
1642   close the connection.
1646<section title="Content-Length" anchor="header.content-length">
1647  <iref primary="true" item="Content-Length header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
1648  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Content-Length" x:for-anchor=""/>
1649  <x:anchor-alias value="Content-Length"/>
1651   When a message does not have a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field
1652   and the payload body length can be determined prior to being transferred, a
1653   Content-Length header field &SHOULD; be sent to indicate the length of the
1654   payload body that is either present as the message body, for requests
1655   and non-HEAD responses other than <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref>, or
1656   would have been present had the request been an unconditional GET.  The
1657   length is expressed as a decimal number of octets.
1659<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Content-Length"/>
1660  <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> = 1*<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1663   An example is
1665<figure><artwork type="example">
1666  Content-Length: 3495
1669   In the case of a response to a HEAD request, Content-Length indicates
1670   the size of the payload body (without any potential transfer-coding)
1671   that would have been sent had the request been a GET.
1672   In the case of a <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> response (&status-304;)
1673   to a GET request, Content-Length indicates the size of the payload body (without
1674   any potential transfer-coding) that would have been sent in a <x:ref>200 (OK)</x:ref>
1675   response.
1678   Any Content-Length field value greater than or equal to zero is valid.
1679   Since there is no predefined limit to the length of an HTTP payload,
1680   recipients &SHOULD; anticipate potentially large decimal numerals and
1681   prevent parsing errors due to integer conversion overflows
1682   (<xref target="attack.protocol.element.size.overflows"/>).
1685   If a message is received that has multiple Content-Length header fields
1686   with field-values consisting of the same decimal value, or a single
1687   Content-Length header field with a field value containing a list of
1688   identical decimal values (e.g., "Content-Length: 42, 42"), indicating that
1689   duplicate Content-Length header fields have been generated or combined by an
1690   upstream message processor, then the recipient &MUST; either reject the
1691   message as invalid or replace the duplicated field-values with a single
1692   valid Content-Length field containing that decimal value prior to
1693   determining the message body length.
1696  <t>
1697   &Note; HTTP's use of Content-Length for message framing differs
1698   significantly from the same field's use in MIME, where it is an optional
1699   field used only within the "message/external-body" media-type.
1700  </t>
1704<section title="Message Body Length" anchor="message.body.length">
1706   The length of a message body is determined by one of the following
1707   (in order of precedence):
1710  <list style="numbers">
1711    <x:lt><t>
1712     Any response to a HEAD request and any response with a
1713     <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref>, <x:ref>204 (No Content)</x:ref>, or
1714     <x:ref>304 (Not Modified)</x:ref> status code is always
1715     terminated by the first empty line after the header fields, regardless of
1716     the header fields present in the message, and thus cannot contain a
1717     message body.
1718    </t></x:lt>
1719    <x:lt><t>
1720     Any <x:ref>2xx (Successful)</x:ref> response to a CONNECT request implies that the
1721     connection will become a tunnel immediately after the empty line that
1722     concludes the header fields.  A client &MUST; ignore any
1723     <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> or <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header
1724     fields received in such a message.
1725    </t></x:lt>
1726    <x:lt><t>
1727     If a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field is present
1728     and the "chunked" transfer-coding (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
1729     is the final encoding, the message body length is determined by reading
1730     and decoding the chunked data until the transfer-coding indicates the
1731     data is complete.
1732    </t>
1733    <t>
1734     If a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field is present in a
1735     response and the "chunked" transfer-coding is not the final encoding, the
1736     message body length is determined by reading the connection until it is
1737     closed by the server.
1738     If a Transfer-Encoding header field is present in a request and the
1739     "chunked" transfer-coding is not the final encoding, the message body
1740     length cannot be determined reliably; the server &MUST; respond with
1741     the <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> status code and then close the connection.
1742    </t>
1743    <t>
1744     If a message is received with both a <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>
1745     and a <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field, the
1746     Transfer-Encoding overrides the Content-Length.
1747     Such a message might indicate an attempt to perform request or response
1748     smuggling (bypass of security-related checks on message routing or content)
1749     and thus ought to be handled as an error.  The provided Content-Length &MUST;
1750     be removed, prior to forwarding the message downstream, or replaced with
1751     the real message body length after the transfer-coding is decoded.
1752    </t></x:lt>
1753    <x:lt><t>
1754     If a message is received without <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> and with
1755     either multiple <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header fields having
1756     differing field-values or a single Content-Length header field having an
1757     invalid value, then the message framing is invalid and &MUST; be treated
1758     as an error to prevent request or response smuggling.
1759     If this is a request message, the server &MUST; respond with
1760     a <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> status code and then close the connection.
1761     If this is a response message received by a proxy, the proxy
1762     &MUST; discard the received response, send a <x:ref>502 (Bad Gateway)</x:ref>
1763     status code as its downstream response, and then close the connection.
1764     If this is a response message received by a user-agent, it &MUST; be
1765     treated as an error by discarding the message and closing the connection.
1766    </t></x:lt>
1767    <x:lt><t>
1768     If a valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field is present without
1769     <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>, its decimal value defines the
1770     message body length in octets.  If the actual number of octets sent in
1771     the message is less than the indicated Content-Length, the recipient
1772     &MUST; consider the message to be incomplete and treat the connection
1773     as no longer usable.
1774     If the actual number of octets sent in the message is more than the indicated
1775     Content-Length, the recipient &MUST; only process the message body up to the
1776     field value's number of octets; the remainder of the message &MUST; either
1777     be discarded or treated as the next message in a pipeline.  For the sake of
1778     robustness, a user-agent &MAY; attempt to detect and correct such an error
1779     in message framing if it is parsing the response to the last request on
1780     a connection and the connection has been closed by the server.
1781    </t></x:lt>
1782    <x:lt><t>
1783     If this is a request message and none of the above are true, then the
1784     message body length is zero (no message body is present).
1785    </t></x:lt>
1786    <x:lt><t>
1787     Otherwise, this is a response message without a declared message body
1788     length, so the message body length is determined by the number of octets
1789     received prior to the server closing the connection.
1790    </t></x:lt>
1791  </list>
1794   Since there is no way to distinguish a successfully completed,
1795   close-delimited message from a partially-received message interrupted
1796   by network failure, implementations &SHOULD; use encoding or
1797   length-delimited messages whenever possible.  The close-delimiting
1798   feature exists primarily for backwards compatibility with HTTP/1.0.
1801   A server &MAY; reject a request that contains a message body but
1802   not a <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> by responding with
1803   <x:ref>411 (Length Required)</x:ref>.
1806   Unless a transfer-coding other than "chunked" has been applied,
1807   a client that sends a request containing a message body &SHOULD;
1808   use a valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field if the message body
1809   length is known in advance, rather than the "chunked" encoding, since some
1810   existing services respond to "chunked" with a <x:ref>411 (Length Required)</x:ref>
1811   status code even though they understand the chunked encoding.  This
1812   is typically because such services are implemented via a gateway that
1813   requires a content-length in advance of being called and the server
1814   is unable or unwilling to buffer the entire request before processing.
1817   A client that sends a request containing a message body &MUST; include a
1818   valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header field if it does not know the
1819   server will handle HTTP/1.1 (or later) requests; such knowledge can be in
1820   the form of specific user configuration or by remembering the version of a
1821   prior received response.
1826<section anchor="incomplete.messages" title="Handling Incomplete Messages">
1828   Request messages that are prematurely terminated, possibly due to a
1829   canceled connection or a server-imposed time-out exception, &MUST;
1830   result in closure of the connection; sending an HTTP/1.1 error response
1831   prior to closing the connection is &OPTIONAL;.
1834   Response messages that are prematurely terminated, usually by closure
1835   of the connection prior to receiving the expected number of octets or by
1836   failure to decode a transfer-encoded message body, &MUST; be recorded
1837   as incomplete.  A response that terminates in the middle of the header
1838   block (before the empty line is received) cannot be assumed to convey the
1839   full semantics of the response and &MUST; be treated as an error.
1842   A message body that uses the chunked transfer encoding is
1843   incomplete if the zero-sized chunk that terminates the encoding has not
1844   been received.  A message that uses a valid <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> is
1845   incomplete if the size of the message body received (in octets) is less than
1846   the value given by Content-Length.  A response that has neither chunked
1847   transfer encoding nor Content-Length is terminated by closure of the
1848   connection, and thus is considered complete regardless of the number of
1849   message body octets received, provided that the header block was received
1850   intact.
1853   A user agent &MUST-NOT; render an incomplete response message body as if
1854   it were complete (i.e., some indication needs to be given to the user that an
1855   error occurred).  Cache requirements for incomplete responses are defined
1856   in &cache-incomplete;.
1859   A server &MUST; read the entire request message body or close
1860   the connection after sending its response, since otherwise the
1861   remaining data on a persistent connection would be misinterpreted
1862   as the next request.  Likewise,
1863   a client &MUST; read the entire response message body if it intends
1864   to reuse the same connection for a subsequent request.  Pipelining
1865   multiple requests on a connection is described in <xref target="pipelining"/>.
1869<section title="Message Parsing Robustness" anchor="message.robustness">
1871   Older HTTP/1.0 client implementations might send an extra CRLF
1872   after a POST request as a lame workaround for some early server
1873   applications that failed to read message body content that was
1874   not terminated by a line-ending. An HTTP/1.1 client &MUST-NOT;
1875   preface or follow a request with an extra CRLF.  If terminating
1876   the request message body with a line-ending is desired, then the
1877   client &MUST; include the terminating CRLF octets as part of the
1878   message body length.
1881   In the interest of robustness, servers &SHOULD; ignore at least one
1882   empty line received where a request-line is expected. In other words, if
1883   the server is reading the protocol stream at the beginning of a
1884   message and receives a CRLF first, it &SHOULD; ignore the CRLF.
1885   Likewise, although the line terminator for the start-line and header
1886   fields is the sequence CRLF, we recommend that recipients recognize a
1887   single LF as a line terminator and ignore any CR.
1890   When a server listening only for HTTP request messages, or processing
1891   what appears from the start-line to be an HTTP request message,
1892   receives a sequence of octets that does not match the HTTP-message
1893   grammar aside from the robustness exceptions listed above, the
1894   server &MUST; respond with an HTTP/1.1 <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> response. 
1899<section title="Transfer Codings" anchor="transfer.codings">
1900  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-coding"/>
1901  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-extension"/>
1903   Transfer-coding values are used to indicate an encoding
1904   transformation that has been, can be, or might need to be applied to a
1905   payload body in order to ensure "safe transport" through the network.
1906   This differs from a content coding in that the transfer-coding is a
1907   property of the message rather than a property of the representation
1908   that is being transferred.
1910<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-coding"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-extension"/>
1911  <x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>    = "chunked" ; <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
1912                     / "compress" ; <xref target="compress.coding"/>
1913                     / "deflate" ; <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
1914                     / "gzip" ; <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
1915                     / <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref>
1916  <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref> *( <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> )
1918<t anchor="rule.parameter">
1919  <x:anchor-alias value="attribute"/>
1920  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-parameter"/>
1921  <x:anchor-alias value="value"/>
1922   Parameters are in the form of attribute/value pairs.
1924<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-parameter"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="attribute"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="value"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="date2"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="date3"/>
1925  <x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> = <x:ref>attribute</x:ref> <x:ref>BWS</x:ref> "=" <x:ref>BWS</x:ref> <x:ref>value</x:ref>
1926  <x:ref>attribute</x:ref>          = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1927  <x:ref>value</x:ref>              = <x:ref>word</x:ref>
1930   All transfer-coding values are case-insensitive.
1931   The HTTP Transfer Coding registry is defined in
1932   <xref target="transfer.coding.registry"/>.
1933   HTTP/1.1 uses transfer-coding values in the <x:ref>TE</x:ref> header field
1934   (<xref target="header.te"/>) and in the <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>
1935   header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>).
1938<section title="Chunked Transfer Coding" anchor="chunked.encoding">
1939  <iref item="chunked (Coding Format)"/>
1940  <iref item="Coding Format" subitem="chunked"/>
1941  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk"/>
1942  <x:anchor-alias value="chunked-body"/>
1943  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-data"/>
1944  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext"/>
1945  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-name"/>
1946  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-val"/>
1947  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-size"/>
1948  <x:anchor-alias value="last-chunk"/>
1949  <x:anchor-alias value="trailer-part"/>
1950  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-str-nf"/>
1951  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext-nf"/>
1953   The chunked encoding modifies the body of a message in order to
1954   transfer it as a series of chunks, each with its own size indicator,
1955   followed by an &OPTIONAL; trailer containing header fields. This
1956   allows dynamically produced content to be transferred along with the
1957   information necessary for the recipient to verify that it has
1958   received the full message.
1960<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunked-body"><!--terminal production--></iref><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-size"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="last-chunk"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-ext"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-ext-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-ext-val"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="chunk-data"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="trailer-part"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-str-nf"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qdtext-nf"/>
1961  <x:ref>chunked-body</x:ref>   = *<x:ref>chunk</x:ref>
1962                   <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>
1963                   <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>
1964                   <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1966  <x:ref>chunk</x:ref>          = <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1967                   <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1968  <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>HEXDIG</x:ref>
1969  <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>     = 1*("0") [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1971  <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref>      = *( ";" <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> [ "=" <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> ] )
1972  <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1973  <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref>  = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref>
1974  <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>OCTET</x:ref> ; a sequence of chunk-size octets
1975  <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>   = *( <x:ref>header-field</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1977  <x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref>  = <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> *( <x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> ) <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref>
1978                 ; like <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>, but disallowing line folding
1979  <x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref>      = <x:ref>HTAB</x:ref> / <x:ref>SP</x:ref> / %x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1982   The chunk-size field is a string of hex digits indicating the size of
1983   the chunk-data in octets. The chunked encoding is ended by any chunk whose size is
1984   zero, followed by the trailer, which is terminated by an empty line.
1987   The trailer allows the sender to include additional HTTP header
1988   fields at the end of the message. The <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> header field
1989   can be used to indicate which header fields are included in a trailer (see
1990   <xref target="header.trailer"/>).
1993   A server using chunked transfer-coding in a response &MUST-NOT; use the
1994   trailer for any header fields unless at least one of the following is
1995   true:
1996  <list style="numbers">
1997    <t>the request included a <x:ref>TE</x:ref> header field that indicates
1998    "trailers" is acceptable in the transfer-coding of the response, as
1999    described in <xref target="header.te"/>; or,</t>
2001    <t>the trailer fields consist entirely of optional metadata, and the
2002    recipient could use the message (in a manner acceptable to the server where
2003    the field originated) without receiving it. In other words, the server that
2004    generated the header field (often but not always the origin server) is
2005    willing to accept the possibility that the trailer fields might be silently
2006    discarded along the path to the client.</t>
2007  </list>
2010   This requirement prevents an interoperability failure when the
2011   message is being received by an HTTP/1.1 (or later) proxy and
2012   forwarded to an HTTP/1.0 recipient. It avoids a situation where
2013   conformance with the protocol would have necessitated a possibly
2014   infinite buffer on the proxy.
2017   A process for decoding the "chunked" transfer-coding
2018   can be represented in pseudo-code as:
2020<figure><artwork type="code">
2021  length := 0
2022  read chunk-size, chunk-ext (if any) and CRLF
2023  while (chunk-size &gt; 0) {
2024     read chunk-data and CRLF
2025     append chunk-data to decoded-body
2026     length := length + chunk-size
2027     read chunk-size and CRLF
2028  }
2029  read header-field
2030  while (header-field not empty) {
2031     append header-field to existing header fields
2032     read header-field
2033  }
2034  Content-Length := length
2035  Remove "chunked" from Transfer-Encoding
2038   All HTTP/1.1 applications &MUST; be able to receive and decode the
2039   "chunked" transfer-coding and &MUST; ignore chunk-ext extensions
2040   they do not understand.
2043   Use of chunk-ext extensions by senders is deprecated; they &SHOULD-NOT; be
2044   sent and definition of new chunk-extensions is discouraged.
2048<section title="Compression Codings" anchor="compression.codings">
2050   The codings defined below can be used to compress the payload of a
2051   message.
2054   &Note; Use of program names for the identification of encoding formats
2055   is not desirable and is discouraged for future encodings. Their
2056   use here is representative of historical practice, not good
2057   design.
2060   &Note; For compatibility with previous implementations of HTTP,
2061   applications &SHOULD; consider "x-gzip" and "x-compress" to be
2062   equivalent to "gzip" and "compress" respectively.
2065<section title="Compress Coding" anchor="compress.coding">
2066<iref item="compress (Coding Format)"/>
2067<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="compress"/>
2069   The "compress" format is produced by the common UNIX file compression
2070   program "compress". This format is an adaptive Lempel-Ziv-Welch
2071   coding (LZW).
2075<section title="Deflate Coding" anchor="deflate.coding">
2076<iref item="deflate (Coding Format)"/>
2077<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="deflate"/>
2079   The "deflate" format is defined as the "deflate" compression mechanism
2080   (described in <xref target="RFC1951"/>) used inside the "zlib"
2081   data format (<xref target="RFC1950"/>).
2084  <t>
2085    &Note; Some incorrect implementations send the "deflate"
2086    compressed data without the zlib wrapper.
2087   </t>
2091<section title="Gzip Coding" anchor="gzip.coding">
2092<iref item="gzip (Coding Format)"/>
2093<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="gzip"/>
2095   The "gzip" format is produced by the file compression program
2096   "gzip" (GNU zip), as described in <xref target="RFC1952"/>. This format is a
2097   Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77) with a 32 bit CRC.
2103<section title="TE" anchor="header.te">
2104  <iref primary="true" item="TE header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2105  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="TE" x:for-anchor=""/>
2106  <x:anchor-alias value="TE"/>
2107  <x:anchor-alias value="t-codings"/>
2108  <x:anchor-alias value="te-params"/>
2109  <x:anchor-alias value="te-ext"/>
2111   The "TE" header field indicates what extension transfer-codings
2112   the client is willing to accept in the response, and whether or not it is
2113   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer-coding.
2116   Its value consists of the keyword "trailers" and/or a comma-separated
2117   list of extension transfer-coding names with optional accept
2118   parameters (as described in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
2120<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="TE"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="t-codings"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="te-params"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="te-ext"/>
2121  <x:ref>TE</x:ref>        = #<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref>
2122  <x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> [ <x:ref>te-params</x:ref> ] )
2123  <x:ref>te-params</x:ref> = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> "q=" <x:ref>qvalue</x:ref> *( <x:ref>te-ext</x:ref> )
2124  <x:ref>te-ext</x:ref>    = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>token</x:ref> [ "=" <x:ref>word</x:ref> ]
2127   The presence of the keyword "trailers" indicates that the client is
2128   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer-coding, as
2129   defined in <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>. This keyword is reserved for use with
2130   transfer-coding values even though it does not itself represent a
2131   transfer-coding.
2134   Examples of its use are:
2136<figure><artwork type="example">
2137  TE: deflate
2138  TE:
2139  TE: trailers, deflate;q=0.5
2142   The TE header field only applies to the immediate connection.
2143   Therefore, the keyword &MUST; be supplied within a <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>
2144   header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>) whenever TE is present in
2145   an HTTP/1.1 message.
2148   A server tests whether a transfer-coding is acceptable, according to
2149   a TE field, using these rules:
2150  <list style="numbers">
2151    <x:lt>
2152      <t>The "chunked" transfer-coding is always acceptable. If the
2153         keyword "trailers" is listed, the client indicates that it is
2154         willing to accept trailer fields in the chunked response on
2155         behalf of itself and any downstream clients. The implication is
2156         that, if given, the client is stating that either all
2157         downstream clients are willing to accept trailer fields in the
2158         forwarded response, or that it will attempt to buffer the
2159         response on behalf of downstream recipients.
2160      </t><t>
2161         &Note; HTTP/1.1 does not define any means to limit the size of a
2162         chunked response such that a client can be assured of buffering
2163         the entire response.</t>
2164    </x:lt>
2165    <x:lt>
2166      <t>If the transfer-coding being tested is one of the transfer-codings
2167         listed in the TE field, then it is acceptable unless it
2168         is accompanied by a qvalue of 0. (As defined in <xref target="quality.values"/>, a
2169         qvalue of 0 means "not acceptable".)</t>
2170    </x:lt>
2171    <x:lt>
2172      <t>If multiple transfer-codings are acceptable, then the
2173         acceptable transfer-coding with the highest non-zero qvalue is
2174         preferred.  The "chunked" transfer-coding always has a qvalue
2175         of 1.</t>
2176    </x:lt>
2177  </list>
2180   If the TE field-value is empty or if no TE field is present, the only
2181   acceptable transfer-coding is "chunked". A message with no transfer-coding is
2182   always acceptable.
2185<section title="Quality Values" anchor="quality.values">
2186  <x:anchor-alias value="qvalue"/>
2188   Both transfer codings (<x:ref>TE</x:ref> request header field,
2189   <xref target="header.te"/>) and content negotiation (&content.negotiation;)
2190   use short "floating point" numbers to indicate the relative importance
2191   ("weight") of various negotiable parameters.  A weight is normalized to a
2192   real number in the range 0 through 1, where 0 is the minimum and 1 the
2193   maximum value. If a parameter has a quality value of 0, then content with
2194   this parameter is "not acceptable" for the client. HTTP/1.1
2195   applications &MUST-NOT; generate more than three digits after the
2196   decimal point. User configuration of these values &SHOULD; also be
2197   limited in this fashion.
2199<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qvalue"/>
2200  <x:ref>qvalue</x:ref>         = ( "0" [ "." 0*3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> ] )
2201                 / ( "1" [ "." 0*3("0") ] )
2204  <t>
2205     &Note; "Quality values" is a misnomer, since these values merely represent
2206     relative degradation in desired quality.
2207  </t>
2212<section title="Trailer" anchor="header.trailer">
2213  <iref primary="true" item="Trailer header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2214  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Trailer" x:for-anchor=""/>
2215  <x:anchor-alias value="Trailer"/>
2217   The "Trailer" header field indicates that the given set of
2218   header fields is present in the trailer of a message encoded with
2219   chunked transfer-coding.
2221<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Trailer"/>
2222  <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>field-name</x:ref>
2225   An HTTP/1.1 message &SHOULD; include a Trailer header field in a
2226   message using chunked transfer-coding with a non-empty trailer. Doing
2227   so allows the recipient to know which header fields to expect in the
2228   trailer.
2231   If no Trailer header field is present, the trailer &SHOULD-NOT;  include
2232   any header fields. See <xref target="chunked.encoding"/> for restrictions on the use of
2233   trailer fields in a "chunked" transfer-coding.
2236   Message header fields listed in the Trailer header field &MUST-NOT;
2237   include the following header fields:
2238  <list style="symbols">
2239    <t><x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref></t>
2240    <t><x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref></t>
2241    <t><x:ref>Trailer</x:ref></t>
2242  </list>
2247<section title="Message Routing" anchor="message.routing">
2249   HTTP request message routing is determined by each client based on the
2250   target resource, the client's proxy configuration, and
2251   establishment or reuse of an inbound connection.  The corresponding
2252   response routing follows the same connection chain back to the client.
2255<section title="Identifying a Target Resource" anchor="target-resource">
2256  <iref primary="true" item="target resource"/>
2257  <iref primary="true" item="target URI"/>
2259   HTTP is used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from
2260   general-purpose computers to home appliances.  In some cases,
2261   communication options are hard-coded in a client's configuration.
2262   However, most HTTP clients rely on the same resource identification
2263   mechanism and configuration techniques as general-purpose Web browsers.
2266   HTTP communication is initiated by a user agent for some purpose.
2267   The purpose is a combination of request semantics, which are defined in
2268   <xref target="Part2"/>, and a target resource upon which to apply those
2269   semantics.  A URI reference (<xref target="uri"/>) is typically used as
2270   an identifier for the "target resource", which a user agent would resolve
2271   to its absolute form in order to obtain the "target URI".  The target URI
2272   excludes the reference's fragment identifier component, if any,
2273   since fragment identifiers are reserved for client-side processing
2274   (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.5"/>).
2277   HTTP intermediaries obtain the request semantics and target URI
2278   from the request-line of an incoming request message.
2282<section title="Connecting Inbound" anchor="connecting.inbound">
2284   Once the target URI is determined, a client needs to decide whether
2285   a network request is necessary to accomplish the desired semantics and,
2286   if so, where that request is to be directed.
2289   If the client has a response cache and the request semantics can be
2290   satisfied by a cache (<xref target="Part6"/>), then the request is
2291   usually directed to the cache first.
2294   If the request is not satisfied by a cache, then a typical client will
2295   check its configuration to determine whether a proxy is to be used to
2296   satisfy the request.  Proxy configuration is implementation-dependent,
2297   but is often based on URI prefix matching, selective authority matching,
2298   or both, and the proxy itself is usually identified by an "http" or
2299   "https" URI.  If a proxy is applicable, the client connects inbound by
2300   establishing (or reusing) a connection to that proxy.
2303   If no proxy is applicable, a typical client will invoke a handler routine,
2304   usually specific to the target URI's scheme, to connect directly
2305   to an authority for the target resource.  How that is accomplished is
2306   dependent on the target URI scheme and defined by its associated
2307   specification, similar to how this specification defines origin server
2308   access for resolution of the "http" (<xref target="http.uri"/>) and
2309   "https" (<xref target="https.uri"/>) schemes.
2313<section title="Request Target" anchor="request-target">
2315   Once an inbound connection is obtained
2316   (<xref target=""/>),
2317   the client sends an HTTP request message (<xref target="http.message"/>)
2318   with a request-target derived from the target URI.
2319   There are four distinct formats for the request-target, depending on both
2320   the method being requested and whether the request is to a proxy.
2322<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="request-target"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="origin-form"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="absolute-form"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="authority-form"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="asterisk-form"/>
2323  <x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = <x:ref>origin-form</x:ref>
2324                 / <x:ref>absolute-form</x:ref>
2325                 / <x:ref>authority-form</x:ref>
2326                 / <x:ref>asterisk-form</x:ref>
2328  <x:ref>origin-form</x:ref>    = <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
2329  <x:ref>absolute-form</x:ref>  = <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>
2330  <x:ref>authority-form</x:ref> = <x:ref>authority</x:ref>
2331  <x:ref>asterisk-form</x:ref>  = "*"
2333<t anchor="origin-form"><iref item="origin-form (of request-target)"/>
2334   The most common form of request-target is the origin-form.
2335   When making a request directly to an origin server, other than a CONNECT
2336   or server-wide OPTIONS request (as detailed below),
2337   a client &MUST; send only the absolute path and query components of
2338   the target URI as the request-target.
2339   If the target URI's path component is empty, then the client &MUST; send
2340   "/" as the path within the origin-form of request-target.
2341   A <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field is also sent, as defined in
2342   <xref target=""/>, containing the target URI's
2343   authority component (excluding any userinfo).
2346   For example, a client wishing to retrieve a representation of the resource
2347   identified as
2349<figure><artwork x:indent-with="  " type="example">
2353   directly from the origin server would open (or reuse) a TCP connection
2354   to port 80 of the host "" and send the lines:
2356<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2357GET /where?q=now HTTP/1.1
2361   followed by the remainder of the request message.
2363<t anchor="absolute-form"><iref item="absolute-form (of request-target)"/>
2364   When making a request to a proxy, other than a CONNECT or server-wide
2365   OPTIONS request (as detailed below), a client &MUST; send the target URI
2366   in absolute-form as the request-target.
2367   The proxy is requested to either service that request from a valid cache,
2368   if possible, or make the same request on the client's behalf to either
2369   the next inbound proxy server or directly to the origin server indicated
2370   by the request-target.  Requirements on such "forwarding" of messages are
2371   defined in <xref target="intermediary.forwarding"/>.
2374   An example absolute-form of request-line would be:
2376<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2377GET HTTP/1.1
2380   To allow for transition to the absolute-form for all requests in some
2381   future version of HTTP, HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; accept the absolute-form
2382   in requests, even though HTTP/1.1 clients will only send them in requests
2383   to proxies.
2385<t anchor="authority-form"><iref item="authority-form (of request-target)"/>
2386   The authority-form of request-target is only used for CONNECT requests
2387   (&CONNECT;).  When making a CONNECT request to establish a tunnel through
2388   one or more proxies, a client &MUST; send only the target URI's
2389   authority component (excluding any userinfo) as the request-target.
2390   For example,
2392<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2395<t anchor="asterisk-form"><iref item="asterisk-form (of request-target)"/>
2396   The asterisk-form of request-target is only used for a server-wide
2397   OPTIONS request (&OPTIONS;).  When a client wishes to request OPTIONS
2398   for the server as a whole, as opposed to a specific named resource of
2399   that server, the client &MUST; send only "*" (%x2A) as the request-target.
2400   For example,
2402<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2403OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
2406   If a proxy receives an OPTIONS request with an absolute-form of
2407   request-target in which the URI has an empty path and no query component,
2408   then the last proxy on the request chain &MUST; send a request-target
2409   of "*" when it forwards the request to the indicated origin server.
2412   For example, the request
2413</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2417  would be forwarded by the final proxy as
2418</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2419OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
2423   after connecting to port 8001 of host "".
2428<section title="Host" anchor="">
2429  <iref primary="true" item="Host header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2430  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Host" x:for-anchor=""/>
2431  <x:anchor-alias value="Host"/>
2433   The "Host" header field in a request provides the host and port
2434   information from the target URI, enabling the origin
2435   server to distinguish among resources while servicing requests
2436   for multiple host names on a single IP address.  Since the Host
2437   field-value is critical information for handling a request, it
2438   &SHOULD; be sent as the first header field following the request-line.
2440<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Host"/>
2441  <x:ref>Host</x:ref> = <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ; <xref target="http.uri"/>
2444   A client &MUST; send a Host header field in all HTTP/1.1 request
2445   messages.  If the target URI includes an authority component, then
2446   the Host field-value &MUST; be identical to that authority component
2447   after excluding any userinfo (<xref target="http.uri"/>).
2448   If the authority component is missing or undefined for the target URI,
2449   then the Host header field &MUST; be sent with an empty field-value.
2452   For example, a GET request to the origin server for
2453   &lt;; would begin with:
2455<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2456GET /pub/WWW/ HTTP/1.1
2460   The Host header field &MUST; be sent in an HTTP/1.1 request even
2461   if the request-target is in the absolute-form, since this
2462   allows the Host information to be forwarded through ancient HTTP/1.0
2463   proxies that might not have implemented Host.
2466   When an HTTP/1.1 proxy receives a request with an absolute-form of
2467   request-target, the proxy &MUST; ignore the received
2468   Host header field (if any) and instead replace it with the host
2469   information of the request-target.  If the proxy forwards the request,
2470   it &MUST; generate a new Host field-value based on the received
2471   request-target rather than forward the received Host field-value.
2474   Since the Host header field acts as an application-level routing
2475   mechanism, it is a frequent target for malware seeking to poison
2476   a shared cache or redirect a request to an unintended server.
2477   An interception proxy is particularly vulnerable if it relies on
2478   the Host field-value for redirecting requests to internal
2479   servers, or for use as a cache key in a shared cache, without
2480   first verifying that the intercepted connection is targeting a
2481   valid IP address for that host.
2484   A server &MUST; respond with a <x:ref>400 (Bad Request)</x:ref> status code
2485   to any HTTP/1.1 request message that lacks a Host header field and
2486   to any request message that contains more than one Host header field
2487   or a Host header field with an invalid field-value.
2491<section title="Effective Request URI" anchor="effective.request.uri">
2492  <iref primary="true" item="effective request URI"/>
2494   A server that receives an HTTP request message &MUST; reconstruct
2495   the user agent's original target URI, based on the pieces of information
2496   learned from the request-target, <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field, and
2497   connection context, in order to identify the intended target resource and
2498   properly service the request. The URI derived from this reconstruction
2499   process is referred to as the "effective request URI".
2502   For a user agent, the effective request URI is the target URI.
2505   If the request-target is in absolute-form, then the effective request URI
2506   is the same as the request-target.  Otherwise, the effective request URI
2507   is constructed as follows.
2510   If the request is received over an SSL/TLS-secured TCP connection,
2511   then the effective request URI's scheme is "https"; otherwise, the
2512   scheme is "http".
2515   If the request-target is in authority-form, then the effective
2516   request URI's authority component is the same as the request-target.
2517   Otherwise, if a <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field is supplied with a
2518   non-empty field-value, then the authority component is the same as the
2519   Host field-value. Otherwise, the authority component is the concatenation of
2520   the default host name configured for the server, a colon (":"), and the
2521   connection's incoming TCP port number in decimal form.
2524   If the request-target is in authority-form or asterisk-form, then the
2525   effective request URI's combined path and query component is empty.
2526   Otherwise, the combined path and query component is the same as the
2527   request-target.
2530   The components of the effective request URI, once determined as above,
2531   can be combined into absolute-URI form by concatenating the scheme,
2532   "://", authority, and combined path and query component.
2536   Example 1: the following message received over an insecure TCP connection
2538<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2539GET /pub/WWW/TheProject.html HTTP/1.1
2545  has an effective request URI of
2547<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2553   Example 2: the following message received over an SSL/TLS-secured TCP
2554   connection
2556<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2557OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
2563  has an effective request URI of
2565<artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
2570   An origin server that does not allow resources to differ by requested
2571   host &MAY; ignore the <x:ref>Host</x:ref> field-value and instead replace it
2572   with a configured server name when constructing the effective request URI.
2575   Recipients of an HTTP/1.0 request that lacks a <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header
2576   field &MAY; attempt to use heuristics (e.g., examination of the URI path for
2577   something unique to a particular host) in order to guess the
2578   effective request URI's authority component.
2582<section title="Intermediary Forwarding" anchor="intermediary.forwarding">
2584   As described in <xref target="intermediaries"/>, intermediaries can serve
2585   a variety of roles in the processing of HTTP requests and responses.
2586   Some intermediaries are used to improve performance or availability.
2587   Others are used for access control or to filter content.
2588   Since an HTTP stream has characteristics similar to a pipe-and-filter
2589   architecture, there are no inherent limits to the extent an intermediary
2590   can enhance (or interfere) with either direction of the stream.
2593   In order to avoid request loops, a proxy that forwards requests to other
2594   proxies &MUST; be able to recognize and exclude all of its own server
2595   names, including any aliases, local variations, or literal IP addresses.
2598   If a proxy receives a request-target with a host name that is not a
2599   fully qualified domain name, it &MAY; add its domain to the host name
2600   it received when forwarding the request.  A proxy &MUST-NOT; change the
2601   host name if it is a fully qualified domain name.
2604   A non-transforming proxy &MUST-NOT; rewrite the "path-absolute" and "query"
2605   parts of the received request-target when forwarding it to the next inbound
2606   server, except as noted above to replace an empty path with "/" or "*".
2609   Intermediaries that forward a message &MUST; implement the
2610   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field as specified in
2611   <xref target="header.connection"/>.
2614<section title="End-to-end and Hop-by-hop Header Fields" anchor="end-to-end.and.hop-by-hop.header-fields">
2616  <cref anchor="TODO-end-to-end" source="jre">
2617    Restored from <eref target=""/>.
2618    See also <eref target=""/>.
2619  </cref>
2622   For the purpose of defining the behavior of caches and non-caching
2623   proxies, we divide HTTP header fields into two categories:
2624  <list style="symbols">
2625      <t>End-to-end header fields, which are  transmitted to the ultimate
2626        recipient of a request or response. End-to-end header fields in
2627        responses &MUST; be stored as part of a cache entry and &MUST; be
2628        transmitted in any response formed from a cache entry.</t>
2630      <t>Hop-by-hop header fields, which are meaningful only for a single
2631        transport-level connection, and are not stored by caches or
2632        forwarded by proxies.</t>
2633  </list>
2636   The following HTTP/1.1 header fields are hop-by-hop header fields:
2637  <list style="symbols">
2638      <t><x:ref>Connection</x:ref></t>
2639      <t>Keep-Alive (<xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="of" x:sec=""/>)</t>
2640      <t><x:ref>Proxy-Authenticate</x:ref> (&header-proxy-authenticate;)</t>
2641      <t><x:ref>Proxy-Authorization</x:ref> (&header-proxy-authorization;)</t>
2642      <t><x:ref>TE</x:ref></t>
2643      <t><x:ref>Trailer</x:ref></t>
2644      <t><x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref></t>
2645      <t><x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref></t>
2646  </list>
2649   All other header fields defined by HTTP/1.1 are end-to-end header fields.
2652   Other hop-by-hop header fields &MUST; be listed in a
2653   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>).
2657<section title="Non-modifiable Header Fields" anchor="non-modifiable.header-fields">
2659  <cref anchor="TODO-non-mod-headers" source="jre">
2660    Restored from <eref target=""/>.
2661    See also <eref target=""/>.
2662  </cref>
2665   Some features of HTTP/1.1, such as Digest Authentication, depend on the
2666   value of certain end-to-end header fields. A non-transforming proxy &SHOULD-NOT;
2667   modify an end-to-end header field unless the definition of that header field requires
2668   or specifically allows that.
2671   A non-transforming proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
2672   request or response, and it &MUST-NOT; add any of these fields if not
2673   already present:
2674  <list style="symbols">
2675    <t><x:ref>Allow</x:ref> (&header-allow;)</t>
2676    <t><x:ref>Content-Location</x:ref> (&header-content-location;)</t>
2677    <t>Content-MD5 (<xref target="RFC2616" x:fmt="of" x:sec="14.15"/>)</t>
2678    <t><x:ref>ETag</x:ref> (&header-etag;)</t>
2679    <t><x:ref>Last-Modified</x:ref> (&header-last-modified;)</t>
2680    <t><x:ref>Server</x:ref> (&header-server;)</t>
2681  </list>
2684   A non-transforming proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
2685   response:
2686  <list style="symbols">
2687    <t><x:ref>Expires</x:ref> (&header-expires;)</t>
2688  </list>
2691   but it &MAY; add any of these fields if not already present. If an
2692   <x:ref>Expires</x:ref> header field is added, it &MUST; be given a
2693   field value identical to that of the <x:ref>Date</x:ref> header field in
2694   that response.
2697   A proxy &MUST-NOT; modify or add any of the following fields in a
2698   message that contains the no-transform cache-control directive, or in
2699   any request:
2700  <list style="symbols">
2701    <t><x:ref>Content-Encoding</x:ref> (&header-content-encoding;)</t>
2702    <t><x:ref>Content-Range</x:ref> (&header-content-range;)</t>
2703    <t><x:ref>Content-Type</x:ref> (&header-content-type;)</t>
2704  </list>
2707   A transforming proxy &MAY; modify or add these fields to a message
2708   that does not include no-transform, but if it does so, it &MUST; add a
2709   Warning 214 (Transformation applied) if one does not already appear
2710   in the message (see &header-warning;).
2713  <t>
2714    <x:h>Warning:</x:h> Unnecessary modification of end-to-end header fields might
2715    cause authentication failures if stronger authentication
2716    mechanisms are introduced in later versions of HTTP. Such
2717    authentication mechanisms &MAY; rely on the values of header fields
2718    not listed here.
2719  </t>
2722   A non-transforming proxy &MUST; preserve the message payload (&payload;),
2723   though it &MAY; change the message body through application or removal
2724   of a transfer-coding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
2730<section title="Associating a Response to a Request" anchor="">
2732   HTTP does not include a request identifier for associating a given
2733   request message with its corresponding one or more response messages.
2734   Hence, it relies on the order of response arrival to correspond exactly
2735   to the order in which requests are made on the same connection.
2736   More than one response message per request only occurs when one or more
2737   informational responses (<x:ref>1xx</x:ref>, see &status-1xx;) precede a final response
2738   to the same request.
2741   A client that uses persistent connections and sends more than one request
2742   per connection &MUST; maintain a list of outstanding requests in the
2743   order sent on that connection and &MUST; associate each received response
2744   message to the highest ordered request that has not yet received a final
2745   (non-<x:ref>1xx</x:ref>) response.
2750<section title="Connection Management" anchor="">
2752<section title="Connection" anchor="header.connection">
2753  <iref primary="true" item="Connection header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2754  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Connection" x:for-anchor=""/>
2755  <x:anchor-alias value="Connection"/>
2756  <x:anchor-alias value="connection-option"/>
2758   The "Connection" header field allows the sender to specify
2759   options that are desired only for that particular connection.
2760   Such connection options &MUST; be removed or replaced before the
2761   message can be forwarded downstream by a proxy or gateway.
2762   This mechanism also allows the sender to indicate which HTTP
2763   header fields used in the message are only intended for the
2764   immediate recipient ("hop-by-hop"), as opposed to all recipients
2765   on the chain ("end-to-end"), enabling the message to be
2766   self-descriptive and allowing future connection-specific extensions
2767   to be deployed in HTTP without fear that they will be blindly
2768   forwarded by previously deployed intermediaries.
2771   The Connection header field's value has the following grammar:
2773<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Connection"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="connection-option"/>
2774  <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>        = 1#<x:ref>connection-option</x:ref>
2775  <x:ref>connection-option</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2778   Connection options are compared case-insensitively.
2781   A proxy or gateway &MUST; parse a received Connection
2782   header field before a message is forwarded and, for each
2783   connection-option in this field, remove any header field(s) from
2784   the message with the same name as the connection-option, and then
2785   remove the Connection header field itself or replace it with the
2786   sender's own connection options for the forwarded message.
2789   A sender &MUST-NOT; include field-names in the Connection header
2790   field-value for fields that are defined as expressing constraints
2791   for all recipients in the request or response chain, such as the
2792   Cache-Control header field (&header-cache-control;).
2795   The connection options do not have to correspond to a header field
2796   present in the message, since a connection-specific header field
2797   might not be needed if there are no parameters associated with that
2798   connection option.  Recipients that trigger certain connection
2799   behavior based on the presence of connection options &MUST; do so
2800   based on the presence of the connection-option rather than only the
2801   presence of the optional header field.  In other words, if the
2802   connection option is received as a header field but not indicated
2803   within the Connection field-value, then the recipient &MUST; ignore
2804   the connection-specific header field because it has likely been
2805   forwarded by an intermediary that is only partially conformant.
2808   When defining new connection options, specifications ought to
2809   carefully consider existing deployed header fields and ensure
2810   that the new connection option does not share the same name as
2811   an unrelated header field that might already be deployed.
2812   Defining a new connection option essentially reserves that potential
2813   field-name for carrying additional information related to the
2814   connection option, since it would be unwise for senders to use
2815   that field-name for anything else.
2818   HTTP/1.1 defines the "close" connection option for the sender to
2819   signal that the connection will be closed after completion of the
2820   response. For example,
2822<figure><artwork type="example">
2823  Connection: close
2826   in either the request or the response header fields indicates that
2827   the connection &SHOULD-NOT;  be considered "persistent" (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
2828   after the current request/response is complete.
2831   An HTTP/1.1 client that does not support persistent connections &MUST;
2832   include the "close" connection option in every request message.
2835   An HTTP/1.1 server that does not support persistent connections &MUST;
2836   include the "close" connection option in every response message that
2837   does not have a <x:ref>1xx (Informational)</x:ref> status code.
2841<section title="Via" anchor="header.via">
2842  <iref primary="true" item="Via header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
2843  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Via" x:for-anchor=""/>
2844  <x:anchor-alias value="pseudonym"/>
2845  <x:anchor-alias value="received-by"/>
2846  <x:anchor-alias value="received-protocol"/>
2847  <x:anchor-alias value="Via"/>
2849   The "Via" header field &MUST; be sent by a proxy or gateway to
2850   indicate the intermediate protocols and recipients between the user
2851   agent and the server on requests, and between the origin server and
2852   the client on responses. It is analogous to the "Received" field
2853   used by email systems (<xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="of" x:sec="3.6.7"/>)
2854   and is intended to be used for tracking message forwards,
2855   avoiding request loops, and identifying the protocol capabilities of
2856   all senders along the request/response chain.
2858<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Via"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="received-protocol"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="protocol-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="protocol-version"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="received-by"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="pseudonym"/>
2859  <x:ref>Via</x:ref>               = 1#( <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>
2860                          [ <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ] )
2861  <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> "/" ] <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>
2862  <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>       = ( <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ) / <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>
2863  <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2866   The received-protocol indicates the protocol version of the message
2867   received by the server or client along each segment of the
2868   request/response chain. The received-protocol version is appended to
2869   the Via field value when the message is forwarded so that information
2870   about the protocol capabilities of upstream applications remains
2871   visible to all recipients.
2874   The protocol-name is excluded if and only if it would be "HTTP". The
2875   received-by field is normally the host and optional port number of a
2876   recipient server or client that subsequently forwarded the message.
2877   However, if the real host is considered to be sensitive information,
2878   it &MAY; be replaced by a pseudonym. If the port is not given, it &MAY;
2879   be assumed to be the default port of the received-protocol.
2882   Multiple Via field values represent each proxy or gateway that has
2883   forwarded the message. Each recipient &MUST; append its information
2884   such that the end result is ordered according to the sequence of
2885   forwarding applications.
2888   Comments &MAY; be used in the Via header field to identify the software
2889   of each recipient, analogous to the <x:ref>User-Agent</x:ref> and
2890   <x:ref>Server</x:ref> header fields. However, all comments in the Via field
2891   are optional and &MAY; be removed by any recipient prior to forwarding the
2892   message.
2895   For example, a request message could be sent from an HTTP/1.0 user
2896   agent to an internal proxy code-named "fred", which uses HTTP/1.1 to
2897   forward the request to a public proxy at, which completes
2898   the request by forwarding it to the origin server at
2899   The request received by would then have the following
2900   Via header field:
2902<figure><artwork type="example">
2903  Via: 1.0 fred, 1.1 (Apache/1.1)
2906   A proxy or gateway used as a portal through a network firewall
2907   &SHOULD-NOT; forward the names and ports of hosts within the firewall
2908   region unless it is explicitly enabled to do so. If not enabled, the
2909   received-by host of any host behind the firewall &SHOULD; be replaced
2910   by an appropriate pseudonym for that host.
2913   For organizations that have strong privacy requirements for hiding
2914   internal structures, a proxy or gateway &MAY; combine an ordered
2915   subsequence of Via header field entries with identical received-protocol
2916   values into a single such entry. For example,
2918<figure><artwork type="example">
2919  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 ethel, 1.1 fred, 1.0 lucy
2922  could be collapsed to
2924<figure><artwork type="example">
2925  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 mertz, 1.0 lucy
2928   Senders &SHOULD-NOT; combine multiple entries unless they are all
2929   under the same organizational control and the hosts have already been
2930   replaced by pseudonyms. Senders &MUST-NOT; combine entries which
2931   have different received-protocol values.
2935<section title="Persistent Connections" anchor="persistent.connections">
2937<section title="Purpose" anchor="persistent.purpose">
2939   Prior to persistent connections, a separate TCP connection was
2940   established for each request, increasing the load on HTTP servers
2941   and causing congestion on the Internet. The use of inline images and
2942   other associated data often requires a client to make multiple
2943   requests of the same server in a short amount of time. Analysis of
2944   these performance problems and results from a prototype
2945   implementation are available <xref target="Pad1995"/> <xref target="Spe"/>. Implementation experience and
2946   measurements of actual HTTP/1.1 implementations show good
2947   results <xref target="Nie1997"/>. Alternatives have also been explored, for example,
2948   T/TCP <xref target="Tou1998"/>.
2951   Persistent HTTP connections have a number of advantages:
2952  <list style="symbols">
2953      <t>
2954        By opening and closing fewer TCP connections, CPU time is saved
2955        in routers and hosts (clients, servers, proxies, gateways,
2956        tunnels, or caches), and memory used for TCP protocol control
2957        blocks can be saved in hosts.
2958      </t>
2959      <t>
2960        HTTP requests and responses can be pipelined on a connection.
2961        Pipelining allows a client to make multiple requests without
2962        waiting for each response, allowing a single TCP connection to
2963        be used much more efficiently, with much lower elapsed time.
2964      </t>
2965      <t>
2966        Network congestion is reduced by reducing the number of packets
2967        caused by TCP opens, and by allowing TCP sufficient time to
2968        determine the congestion state of the network.
2969      </t>
2970      <t>
2971        Latency on subsequent requests is reduced since there is no time
2972        spent in TCP's connection opening handshake.
2973      </t>
2974      <t>
2975        HTTP can evolve more gracefully, since errors can be reported
2976        without the penalty of closing the TCP connection. Clients using
2977        future versions of HTTP might optimistically try a new feature,
2978        but if communicating with an older server, retry with old
2979        semantics after an error is reported.
2980      </t>
2981    </list>
2984   HTTP implementations &SHOULD; implement persistent connections.
2988<section title="Overall Operation" anchor="persistent.overall">
2990   A significant difference between HTTP/1.1 and earlier versions of
2991   HTTP is that persistent connections are the default behavior of any
2992   HTTP connection. That is, unless otherwise indicated, the client
2993   &SHOULD; assume that the server will maintain a persistent connection,
2994   even after error responses from the server.
2997   Persistent connections provide a mechanism by which a client and a
2998   server can signal the close of a TCP connection. This signaling takes
2999   place using the <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field
3000   (<xref target="header.connection"/>). Once a close has been signaled, the
3001   client &MUST-NOT; send any more requests on that
3002   connection.
3005<section title="Negotiation" anchor="persistent.negotiation">
3007   An HTTP/1.1 server &MAY; assume that a HTTP/1.1 client intends to
3008   maintain a persistent connection unless a <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header
3009   field including the connection option "close" was sent in the request. If
3010   the server chooses to close the connection immediately after sending the
3011   response, it &SHOULD; send a Connection header field including the
3012   connection option "close".
3015   An HTTP/1.1 client &MAY; expect a connection to remain open, but would
3016   decide to keep it open based on whether the response from a server
3017   contains a <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field with the connection option
3018   "close". In case the client does not want to maintain a connection for more
3019   than that request, it &SHOULD; send a Connection header field including the
3020   connection option "close".
3023   If either the client or the server sends the "close" option in the
3024   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field, that request becomes the last one
3025   for the connection.
3028   Clients and servers &SHOULD-NOT;  assume that a persistent connection is
3029   maintained for HTTP versions less than 1.1 unless it is explicitly
3030   signaled. See <xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections"/> for more information on backward
3031   compatibility with HTTP/1.0 clients.
3034   Each persistent connection applies to only one transport link.
3037   A proxy server &MUST-NOT; establish a HTTP/1.1 persistent connection
3038   with an HTTP/1.0 client (but see <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>
3039   for information and discussion of the problems with the Keep-Alive header field
3040   implemented by many HTTP/1.0 clients).
3043   In order to remain persistent, all messages on the connection &MUST;
3044   have a self-defined message length (i.e., one not defined by closure
3045   of the connection), as described in <xref target="message.body"/>.
3049<section title="Pipelining" anchor="pipelining">
3051   A client that supports persistent connections &MAY; "pipeline" its
3052   requests (i.e., send multiple requests without waiting for each
3053   response). A server &MUST; send its responses to those requests in the
3054   same order that the requests were received.
3057   Clients which assume persistent connections and pipeline immediately
3058   after connection establishment &SHOULD; be prepared to retry their
3059   connection if the first pipelined attempt fails. If a client does
3060   such a retry, it &MUST-NOT; pipeline before it knows the connection is
3061   persistent. Clients &MUST; also be prepared to resend their requests if
3062   the server closes the connection before sending all of the
3063   corresponding responses.
3066   Clients &SHOULD-NOT; pipeline requests using non-idempotent request methods or
3067   non-idempotent sequences of request methods (see &idempotent-methods;). Otherwise, a
3068   premature termination of the transport connection could lead to
3069   indeterminate results. A client wishing to send a non-idempotent
3070   request &SHOULD; wait to send that request until it has received the
3071   response status line for the previous request.
3076<section title="Practical Considerations" anchor="persistent.practical">
3078   Servers will usually have some time-out value beyond which they will
3079   no longer maintain an inactive connection. Proxy servers might make
3080   this a higher value since it is likely that the client will be making
3081   more connections through the same server. The use of persistent
3082   connections places no requirements on the length (or existence) of
3083   this time-out for either the client or the server.
3086   When a client or server wishes to time-out it &SHOULD; issue a graceful
3087   close on the transport connection. Clients and servers &SHOULD; both
3088   constantly watch for the other side of the transport close, and
3089   respond to it as appropriate. If a client or server does not detect
3090   the other side's close promptly it could cause unnecessary resource
3091   drain on the network.
3094   A client, server, or proxy &MAY; close the transport connection at any
3095   time. For example, a client might have started to send a new request
3096   at the same time that the server has decided to close the "idle"
3097   connection. From the server's point of view, the connection is being
3098   closed while it was idle, but from the client's point of view, a
3099   request is in progress.
3102   Clients (including proxies) &SHOULD; limit the number of simultaneous
3103   connections that they maintain to a given server (including proxies).
3106   Previous revisions of HTTP gave a specific number of connections as a
3107   ceiling, but this was found to be impractical for many applications. As a
3108   result, this specification does not mandate a particular maximum number of
3109   connections, but instead encourages clients to be conservative when opening
3110   multiple connections.
3113   In particular, while using multiple connections avoids the "head-of-line
3114   blocking" problem (whereby a request that takes significant server-side
3115   processing and/or has a large payload can block subsequent requests on the
3116   same connection), each connection used consumes server resources (sometimes
3117   significantly), and furthermore using multiple connections can cause
3118   undesirable side effects in congested networks.
3121   Note that servers might reject traffic that they deem abusive, including an
3122   excessive number of connections from a client.
3126<section title="Retrying Requests" anchor="persistent.retrying.requests">
3128   Senders can close the transport connection at any time. Therefore,
3129   clients, servers, and proxies &MUST; be able to recover
3130   from asynchronous close events. Client software &MAY; reopen the
3131   transport connection and retransmit the aborted sequence of requests
3132   without user interaction so long as the request sequence is
3133   idempotent (see &idempotent-methods;). Non-idempotent request methods or sequences
3134   &MUST-NOT; be automatically retried, although user agents &MAY; offer a
3135   human operator the choice of retrying the request(s). Confirmation by
3136   user-agent software with semantic understanding of the application
3137   &MAY; substitute for user confirmation. The automatic retry &SHOULD-NOT;
3138   be repeated if the second sequence of requests fails.
3143<section title="Message Transmission Requirements" anchor="message.transmission.requirements">
3145<section title="Persistent Connections and Flow Control" anchor="persistent.flow">
3147   HTTP/1.1 servers &SHOULD; maintain persistent connections and use TCP's
3148   flow control mechanisms to resolve temporary overloads, rather than
3149   terminating connections with the expectation that clients will retry.
3150   The latter technique can exacerbate network congestion.
3154<section title="Monitoring Connections for Error Status Messages" anchor="persistent.monitor">
3156   An HTTP/1.1 (or later) client sending a message body &SHOULD; monitor
3157   the network connection for an error status code while it is transmitting
3158   the request. If the client sees an error status code, it &SHOULD;
3159   immediately cease transmitting the body. If the body is being sent
3160   using a "chunked" encoding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>), a zero length chunk and
3161   empty trailer &MAY; be used to prematurely mark the end of the message.
3162   If the body was preceded by a Content-Length header field, the client &MUST;
3163   close the connection.
3167<section title="Use of the 100 (Continue) Status" anchor="use.of.the.100.status">
3169   The purpose of the <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> status code (see &status-100;)
3170   is to allow a client that is sending a request message with a request body
3171   to determine if the origin server is willing to accept the request
3172   (based on the request header fields) before the client sends the request
3173   body. In some cases, it might either be inappropriate or highly
3174   inefficient for the client to send the body if the server will reject
3175   the message without looking at the body.
3178   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 clients:
3179  <list style="symbols">
3180    <t>
3181        If a client will wait for a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response before
3182        sending the request body, it &MUST; send an <x:ref>Expect</x:ref> header
3183        field (&header-expect;) with the "100-continue" expectation.
3184    </t>
3185    <t>
3186        A client &MUST-NOT; send an <x:ref>Expect</x:ref> header field with
3187        the "100-continue" expectation if it does not intend to send a request
3188        body.
3189    </t>
3190  </list>
3193   Because of the presence of older implementations, the protocol allows
3194   ambiguous situations in which a client might send "Expect: 100-continue"
3195   without receiving either a <x:ref>417 (Expectation Failed)</x:ref>
3196   or a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> status code. Therefore, when a client sends this
3197   header field to an origin server (possibly via a proxy) from which it
3198   has never seen a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> status code, the client &SHOULD-NOT; 
3199   wait for an indefinite period before sending the request body.
3202   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 origin servers:
3203  <list style="symbols">
3204    <t> Upon receiving a request which includes an <x:ref>Expect</x:ref> header
3205        field with the "100-continue" expectation, an origin server &MUST;
3206        either respond with <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> status code and continue to read
3207        from the input stream, or respond with a final status code. The
3208        origin server &MUST-NOT; wait for the request body before sending
3209        the <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response. If it responds with a final status
3210        code, it &MAY; close the transport connection or it &MAY; continue
3211        to read and discard the rest of the request.  It &MUST-NOT;
3212        perform the request method if it returns a final status code.
3213    </t>
3214    <t> An origin server &SHOULD-NOT;  send a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response if
3215        the request message does not include an <x:ref>Expect</x:ref> header
3216        field with the "100-continue" expectation, and &MUST-NOT; send a
3217        <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response if such a request comes from an HTTP/1.0
3218        (or earlier) client. There is an exception to this rule: for
3219        compatibility with <xref target="RFC2068"/>, a server &MAY; send a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref>
3220        status code in response to an HTTP/1.1 PUT or POST request that does
3221        not include an Expect header field with the "100-continue"
3222        expectation. This exception, the purpose of which is
3223        to minimize any client processing delays associated with an
3224        undeclared wait for <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> status code, applies only to
3225        HTTP/1.1 requests, and not to requests with any other HTTP-version
3226        value.
3227    </t>
3228    <t> An origin server &MAY; omit a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response if it has
3229        already received some or all of the request body for the
3230        corresponding request.
3231    </t>
3232    <t> An origin server that sends a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response &MUST;
3233        ultimately send a final status code, once the request body is
3234        received and processed, unless it terminates the transport
3235        connection prematurely.
3236    </t>
3237    <t> If an origin server receives a request that does not include an
3238        <x:ref>Expect</x:ref> header field with the "100-continue" expectation,
3239        the request includes a request body, and the server responds
3240        with a final status code before reading the entire request body
3241        from the transport connection, then the server &SHOULD-NOT;  close
3242        the transport connection until it has read the entire request,
3243        or until the client closes the connection. Otherwise, the client
3244        might not reliably receive the response message. However, this
3245        requirement ought not be construed as preventing a server from
3246        defending itself against denial-of-service attacks, or from
3247        badly broken client implementations.
3248      </t>
3249    </list>
3252   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 proxies:
3253  <list style="symbols">
3254    <t> If a proxy receives a request that includes an <x:ref>Expect</x:ref>
3255        header field with the "100-continue" expectation, and the proxy
3256        either knows that the next-hop server complies with HTTP/1.1 or
3257        higher, or does not know the HTTP version of the next-hop
3258        server, it &MUST; forward the request, including the Expect header
3259        field.
3260    </t>
3261    <t> If the proxy knows that the version of the next-hop server is
3262        HTTP/1.0 or lower, it &MUST-NOT; forward the request, and it &MUST;
3263        respond with a <x:ref>417 (Expectation Failed)</x:ref> status code.
3264    </t>
3265    <t> Proxies &SHOULD; maintain a record of the HTTP version
3266        numbers received from recently-referenced next-hop servers.
3267    </t>
3268    <t> A proxy &MUST-NOT; forward a <x:ref>100 (Continue)</x:ref> response if the
3269        request message was received from an HTTP/1.0 (or earlier)
3270        client and did not include an <x:ref>Expect</x:ref> header field with
3271        the "100-continue" expectation. This requirement overrides the
3272        general rule for forwarding of <x:ref>1xx</x:ref> responses (see &status-1xx;).
3273    </t>
3274  </list>
3278<section title="Closing Connections on Error" anchor="closing.connections.on.error">
3280   If the client is sending data, a server implementation using TCP
3281   &SHOULD; be careful to ensure that the client acknowledges receipt of
3282   the packet(s) containing the response, before the server closes the
3283   input connection. If the client continues sending data to the server
3284   after the close, the server's TCP stack will send a reset packet to
3285   the client, which might erase the client's unacknowledged input buffers
3286   before they can be read and interpreted by the HTTP application.
3292<section title="Upgrade" anchor="header.upgrade">
3293  <iref primary="true" item="Upgrade header field" x:for-anchor=""/>
3294  <iref primary="true" item="Header Fields" subitem="Upgrade" x:for-anchor=""/>
3295  <x:anchor-alias value="Upgrade"/>
3296  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol"/>
3297  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-name"/>
3298  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-version"/>
3300   The "Upgrade" header field allows the client to specify what
3301   additional communication protocols it would like to use, if the server
3302   chooses to switch protocols. Servers can use it to indicate what protocols
3303   they are willing to switch to.
3305<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Upgrade"/>
3306  <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref>          = 1#<x:ref>protocol</x:ref>
3308  <x:ref>protocol</x:ref>         = <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> ["/" <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>]
3309  <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref>    = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3310  <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3313   For example,
3315<figure><artwork type="example">
3316  Upgrade: HTTP/2.0, SHTTP/1.3, IRC/6.9, RTA/x11
3319   The Upgrade header field is intended to provide a simple mechanism
3320   for transitioning from HTTP/1.1 to some other, incompatible protocol. It
3321   does so by allowing the client to advertise its desire to use another
3322   protocol, such as a later version of HTTP with a higher major version
3323   number, even though the current request has been made using HTTP/1.1.
3324   This eases the difficult transition between incompatible protocols by
3325   allowing the client to initiate a request in the more commonly
3326   supported protocol while indicating to the server that it would like
3327   to use a "better" protocol if available (where "better" is determined
3328   by the server, possibly according to the nature of the request method
3329   or target resource).
3332   The Upgrade header field only applies to switching application-layer
3333   protocols upon the existing transport-layer connection. Upgrade
3334   cannot be used to insist on a protocol change; its acceptance and use
3335   by the server is optional. The capabilities and nature of the
3336   application-layer communication after the protocol change is entirely
3337   dependent upon the new protocol chosen, although the first action
3338   after changing the protocol &MUST; be a response to the initial HTTP
3339   request containing the Upgrade header field.
3342   The Upgrade header field only applies to the immediate connection.
3343   Therefore, the upgrade keyword &MUST; be supplied within a
3344   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref> header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
3345   whenever Upgrade is present in an HTTP/1.1 message.
3348   The Upgrade header field cannot be used to indicate a switch to a
3349   protocol on a different connection. For that purpose, it is more
3350   appropriate to use a <x:ref>3xx (Redirection)</x:ref> response (&status-3xx;).
3353   Servers &MUST; include the "Upgrade" header field in <x:ref>101 (Switching
3354   Protocols)</x:ref> responses to indicate which protocol(s) are being switched to,
3355   and &MUST; include it in <x:ref>426 (Upgrade Required)</x:ref> responses to indicate
3356   acceptable protocols to upgrade to. Servers &MAY; include it in any other
3357   response to indicate that they are willing to upgrade to one of the
3358   specified protocols.
3361   This specification only defines the protocol name "HTTP" for use by
3362   the family of Hypertext Transfer Protocols, as defined by the HTTP
3363   version rules of <xref target="http.version"/> and future updates to this
3364   specification. Additional tokens can be registered with IANA using the
3365   registration procedure defined in <xref target="upgrade.token.registry"/>.
3371<section title="IANA Considerations" anchor="IANA.considerations">
3373<section title="Header Field Registration" anchor="header.field.registration">
3375   HTTP header fields are registered within the Message Header Field Registry
3376   <xref target="RFC3864"/> maintained by IANA at
3377   <eref target=""/>.
3380   This document defines the following HTTP header fields, so their
3381   associated registry entries shall be updated according to the permanent
3382   registrations below:
3384<?BEGININC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3385<!--AUTOGENERATED FROM extract-header-defs.xslt, do not edit manually-->
3386<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.header.registration.table">
3387   <ttcol>Header Field Name</ttcol>
3388   <ttcol>Protocol</ttcol>
3389   <ttcol>Status</ttcol>
3390   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3392   <c>Connection</c>
3393   <c>http</c>
3394   <c>standard</c>
3395   <c>
3396      <xref target="header.connection"/>
3397   </c>
3398   <c>Content-Length</c>
3399   <c>http</c>
3400   <c>standard</c>
3401   <c>
3402      <xref target="header.content-length"/>
3403   </c>
3404   <c>Host</c>
3405   <c>http</c>
3406   <c>standard</c>
3407   <c>
3408      <xref target=""/>
3409   </c>
3410   <c>TE</c>
3411   <c>http</c>
3412   <c>standard</c>
3413   <c>
3414      <xref target="header.te"/>
3415   </c>
3416   <c>Trailer</c>
3417   <c>http</c>
3418   <c>standard</c>
3419   <c>
3420      <xref target="header.trailer"/>
3421   </c>
3422   <c>Transfer-Encoding</c>
3423   <c>http</c>
3424   <c>standard</c>
3425   <c>
3426      <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>
3427   </c>
3428   <c>Upgrade</c>
3429   <c>http</c>
3430   <c>standard</c>
3431   <c>
3432      <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
3433   </c>
3434   <c>Via</c>
3435   <c>http</c>
3436   <c>standard</c>
3437   <c>
3438      <xref target="header.via"/>
3439   </c>
3442<?ENDINC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3444   Furthermore, the header field-name "Close" shall be registered as
3445   "reserved", since using that name as an HTTP header field might
3446   conflict with the "close" connection option of the "<x:ref>Connection</x:ref>"
3447   header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>).
3449<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3450   <ttcol>Header Field Name</ttcol>
3451   <ttcol>Protocol</ttcol>
3452   <ttcol>Status</ttcol>
3453   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3455   <c>Close</c>
3456   <c>http</c>
3457   <c>reserved</c>
3458   <c>
3459      <xref target="header.field.registration"/>
3460   </c>
3463   The change controller is: "IETF ( - Internet Engineering Task Force".
3467<section title="URI Scheme Registration" anchor="uri.scheme.registration">
3469   IANA maintains the registry of URI Schemes <xref target="RFC4395"/> at
3470   <eref target=""/>.
3473   This document defines the following URI schemes, so their
3474   associated registry entries shall be updated according to the permanent
3475   registrations below:
3477<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3478   <ttcol>URI Scheme</ttcol>
3479   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3480   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3482   <c>http</c>
3483   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol</c>
3484   <c><xref target="http.uri"/></c>
3486   <c>https</c>
3487   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure</c>
3488   <c><xref target="https.uri"/></c>
3492<section title="Internet Media Type Registrations" anchor="">
3494   This document serves as the specification for the Internet media types
3495   "message/http" and "application/http". The following is to be registered with
3496   IANA (see <xref target="RFC4288"/>).
3498<section title="Internet Media Type message/http" anchor="">
3499<iref item="Media Type" subitem="message/http" primary="true"/>
3500<iref item="message/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3502   The message/http type can be used to enclose a single HTTP request or
3503   response message, provided that it obeys the MIME restrictions for all
3504   "message" types regarding line length and encodings.
3507  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3508    <t hangText="Type name:">
3509      message
3510    </t>
3511    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3512      http
3513    </t>
3514    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3515      none
3516    </t>
3517    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3518      version, msgtype
3519      <list style="hanging">
3520        <t hangText="version:">
3521          The HTTP-version number of the enclosed message
3522          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3523          determined from the first line of the body.
3524        </t>
3525        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3526          The message type &mdash; "request" or "response". If not
3527          present, the type can be determined from the first
3528          line of the body.
3529        </t>
3530      </list>
3531    </t>
3532    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3533      only "7bit", "8bit", or "binary" are permitted
3534    </t>
3535    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3536      none
3537    </t>
3538    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3539      none
3540    </t>
3541    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3542      This specification (see <xref target=""/>).
3543    </t>
3544    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3545    </t>
3546    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3547      <list style="hanging">
3548        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3549        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3550        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3551      </list>
3552    </t>
3553    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3554      See Authors Section.
3555    </t>
3556    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3557      COMMON
3558    </t>
3559    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3560      none
3561    </t>
3562    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3563      IESG
3564    </t>
3565  </list>
3568<section title="Internet Media Type application/http" anchor="">
3569<iref item="Media Type" subitem="application/http" primary="true"/>
3570<iref item="application/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3572   The application/http type can be used to enclose a pipeline of one or more
3573   HTTP request or response messages (not intermixed).
3576  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3577    <t hangText="Type name:">
3578      application
3579    </t>
3580    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3581      http
3582    </t>
3583    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3584      none
3585    </t>
3586    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3587      version, msgtype
3588      <list style="hanging">
3589        <t hangText="version:">
3590          The HTTP-version number of the enclosed messages
3591          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3592          determined from the first line of the body.
3593        </t>
3594        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3595          The message type &mdash; "request" or "response". If not
3596          present, the type can be determined from the first
3597          line of the body.
3598        </t>
3599      </list>
3600    </t>
3601    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3602      HTTP messages enclosed by this type
3603      are in "binary" format; use of an appropriate
3604      Content-Transfer-Encoding is required when
3605      transmitted via E-mail.
3606    </t>
3607    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3608      none
3609    </t>
3610    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3611      none
3612    </t>
3613    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3614      This specification (see <xref target=""/>).
3615    </t>
3616    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3617    </t>
3618    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3619      <list style="hanging">
3620        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3621        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3622        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3623      </list>
3624    </t>
3625    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3626      See Authors Section.
3627    </t>
3628    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3629      COMMON
3630    </t>
3631    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3632      none
3633    </t>
3634    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3635      IESG
3636    </t>
3637  </list>
3642<section title="Transfer Coding Registry" anchor="transfer.coding.registry">
3644   The HTTP Transfer Coding Registry defines the name space for transfer
3645   coding names.
3648   Registrations &MUST; include the following fields:
3649   <list style="symbols">
3650     <t>Name</t>
3651     <t>Description</t>
3652     <t>Pointer to specification text</t>
3653   </list>
3656   Names of transfer codings &MUST-NOT; overlap with names of content codings
3657   (&content-codings;) unless the encoding transformation is identical, as it
3658   is the case for the compression codings defined in
3659   <xref target="compression.codings"/>.
3662   Values to be added to this name space require IETF Review (see
3663   <xref target="RFC5226" x:fmt="of" x:sec="4.1"/>), and &MUST;
3664   conform to the purpose of transfer coding defined in this section.
3667   The registry itself is maintained at
3668   <eref target=""/>.
3672<section title="Transfer Coding Registrations" anchor="transfer.coding.registration">
3674   The HTTP Transfer Coding Registry shall be updated with the registrations
3675   below:
3677<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.transfer.coding.registration.table">
3678   <ttcol>Name</ttcol>
3679   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3680   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3681   <c>chunked</c>
3682   <c>Transfer in a series of chunks</c>
3683   <c>
3684      <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
3685   </c>
3686   <c>compress</c>
3687   <c>UNIX "compress" program method</c>
3688   <c>
3689      <xref target="compress.coding"/>
3690   </c>
3691   <c>deflate</c>
3692   <c>"deflate" compression mechanism (<xref target="RFC1951"/>) used inside
3693   the "zlib" data format (<xref target="RFC1950"/>)
3694   </c>
3695   <c>
3696      <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
3697   </c>
3698   <c>gzip</c>
3699   <c>Same as GNU zip <xref target="RFC1952"/></c>
3700   <c>
3701      <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
3702   </c>
3706<section title="Upgrade Token Registry" anchor="upgrade.token.registry">
3708   The HTTP Upgrade Token Registry defines the name space for protocol-name
3709   tokens used to identify protocols in the <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> header
3710   field. Each registered protocol name is associated with contact information
3711   and an optional set of specifications that details how the connection
3712   will be processed after it has been upgraded.
3715   Registrations happen on a "First Come First Served" basis (see
3716   <xref target="RFC5226" x:sec="4.1" x:fmt="of"/>) and are subject to the
3717   following rules:
3718  <list style="numbers">
3719    <t>A protocol-name token, once registered, stays registered forever.</t>
3720    <t>The registration &MUST; name a responsible party for the
3721       registration.</t>
3722    <t>The registration &MUST; name a point of contact.</t>
3723    <t>The registration &MAY; name a set of specifications associated with
3724       that token. Such specifications need not be publicly available.</t>
3725    <t>The registration &SHOULD; name a set of expected "protocol-version"
3726       tokens associated with that token at the time of registration.</t>
3727    <t>The responsible party &MAY; change the registration at any time.
3728       The IANA will keep a record of all such changes, and make them
3729       available upon request.</t>
3730    <t>The IESG &MAY; reassign responsibility for a protocol token.
3731       This will normally only be used in the case when a
3732       responsible party cannot be contacted.</t>
3733  </list>
3736   This registration procedure for HTTP Upgrade Tokens replaces that
3737   previously defined in <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="of" x:sec="7.2"/>.
3741<section title="Upgrade Token Registration" anchor="upgrade.token.registration">
3743   The HTTP Upgrade Token Registry shall be updated with the registration
3744   below:
3746<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3747   <ttcol>Value</ttcol>
3748   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3749   <ttcol>Expected Version Tokens</ttcol>
3750   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3752   <c>HTTP</c>
3753   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol</c>
3754   <c>any DIGIT.DIGIT (e.g, "2.0")</c>
3755   <c><xref target="http.version"/></c>
3758   The responsible party is: "IETF ( - Internet Engineering Task Force".
3764<section title="Security Considerations" anchor="security.considerations">
3766   This section is meant to inform application developers, information
3767   providers, and users of the security limitations in HTTP/1.1 as
3768   described by this document. The discussion does not include
3769   definitive solutions to the problems revealed, though it does make
3770   some suggestions for reducing security risks.
3773<section title="Personal Information" anchor="personal.information">
3775   HTTP clients are often privy to large amounts of personal information
3776   (e.g., the user's name, location, mail address, passwords, encryption
3777   keys, etc.), and &SHOULD; be very careful to prevent unintentional
3778   leakage of this information.
3779   We very strongly recommend that a convenient interface be provided
3780   for the user to control dissemination of such information, and that
3781   designers and implementers be particularly careful in this area.
3782   History shows that errors in this area often create serious security
3783   and/or privacy problems and generate highly adverse publicity for the
3784   implementer's company.
3788<section title="Abuse of Server Log Information" anchor="abuse.of.server.log.information">
3790   A server is in the position to save personal data about a user's
3791   requests which might identify their reading patterns or subjects of
3792   interest.  In particular, log information gathered at an intermediary
3793   often contains a history of user agent interaction, across a multitude
3794   of sites, that can be traced to individual users.
3797   HTTP log information is confidential in nature; its handling is often
3798   constrained by laws and regulations.  Log information needs to be securely
3799   stored and appropriate guidelines followed for its analysis.
3800   Anonymization of personal information within individual entries helps,
3801   but is generally not sufficient to prevent real log traces from being
3802   re-identified based on correlation with other access characteristics.
3803   As such, access traces that are keyed to a specific client should not
3804   be published even if the key is pseudonymous.
3807   To minimize the risk of theft or accidental publication, log information
3808   should be purged of personally identifiable information, including
3809   user identifiers, IP addresses, and user-provided query parameters,
3810   as soon as that information is no longer necessary to support operational
3811   needs for security, auditing, or fraud control.
3815<section title="Attacks Based On File and Path Names" anchor="attack.pathname">
3817   Implementations of HTTP origin servers &SHOULD; be careful to restrict
3818   the documents returned by HTTP requests to be only those that were
3819   intended by the server administrators. If an HTTP server translates
3820   HTTP URIs directly into file system calls, the server &MUST; take
3821   special care not to serve files that were not intended to be
3822   delivered to HTTP clients. For example, UNIX, Microsoft Windows, and
3823   other operating systems use ".." as a path component to indicate a
3824   directory level above the current one. On such a system, an HTTP
3825   server &MUST; disallow any such construct in the request-target if it
3826   would otherwise allow access to a resource outside those intended to
3827   be accessible via the HTTP server. Similarly, files intended for
3828   reference only internally to the server (such as access control
3829   files, configuration files, and script code) &MUST; be protected from
3830   inappropriate retrieval, since they might contain sensitive
3831   information. Experience has shown that minor bugs in such HTTP server
3832   implementations have turned into security risks.
3836<section title="DNS-related Attacks" anchor="dns.related.attacks">
3838   HTTP clients rely heavily on the Domain Name Service (DNS), and are thus
3839   generally prone to security attacks based on the deliberate misassociation
3840   of IP addresses and DNS names not protected by DNSSec. Clients need to be
3841   cautious in assuming the validity of an IP number/DNS name association unless
3842   the response is protected by DNSSec (<xref target="RFC4033"/>).
3846<section title="Intermediaries and Caching" anchor="attack.intermediaries">
3848   By their very nature, HTTP intermediaries are men-in-the-middle, and
3849   represent an opportunity for man-in-the-middle attacks. Compromise of
3850   the systems on which the intermediaries run can result in serious security
3851   and privacy problems. Intermediaries have access to security-related
3852   information, personal information about individual users and
3853   organizations, and proprietary information belonging to users and
3854   content providers. A compromised intermediary, or an intermediary
3855   implemented or configured without regard to security and privacy
3856   considerations, might be used in the commission of a wide range of
3857   potential attacks.
3860   Intermediaries that contain a shared cache are especially vulnerable
3861   to cache poisoning attacks.
3864   Implementers need to consider the privacy and security
3865   implications of their design and coding decisions, and of the
3866   configuration options they provide to operators (especially the
3867   default configuration).
3870   Users need to be aware that intermediaries are no more trustworthy than
3871   the people who run them; HTTP itself cannot solve this problem.
3874   The judicious use of cryptography, when appropriate, might suffice to
3875   protect against a broad range of security and privacy attacks. Such
3876   cryptography is beyond the scope of the HTTP/1.1 specification.
3880<section title="Protocol Element Size Overflows" anchor="attack.protocol.element.size.overflows">
3882   Because HTTP uses mostly textual, character-delimited fields, attackers can
3883   overflow buffers in implementations, and/or perform a Denial of Service
3884   against implementations that accept fields with unlimited lengths.
3887   To promote interoperability, this specification makes specific
3888   recommendations for minimum size limits on request-line
3889   (<xref target="request.line"/>)
3890   and blocks of header fields (<xref target="header.fields"/>). These are
3891   minimum recommendations, chosen to be supportable even by implementations
3892   with limited resources; it is expected that most implementations will
3893   choose substantially higher limits.
3896   This specification also provides a way for servers to reject messages that
3897   have request-targets that are too long (&status-414;) or request entities
3898   that are too large (&status-4xx;).
3901   Other fields (including but not limited to request methods, response status
3902   phrases, header field-names, and body chunks) &SHOULD; be limited by
3903   implementations carefully, so as to not impede interoperability.
3908<section title="Acknowledgments" anchor="acks">
3910   This edition of HTTP builds on the many contributions that went into
3911   <xref target="RFC1945" format="none">RFC 1945</xref>,
3912   <xref target="RFC2068" format="none">RFC 2068</xref>,
3913   <xref target="RFC2145" format="none">RFC 2145</xref>, and
3914   <xref target="RFC2616" format="none">RFC 2616</xref>, including
3915   substantial contributions made by the previous authors, editors, and
3916   working group chairs: Tim Berners-Lee, Ari Luotonen, Roy T. Fielding,
3917   Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, Jim Gettys, Jeffrey C. Mogul, Larry Masinter,
3918   Paul J. Leach, and Mark Nottingham.
3919   See <xref target="RFC2616" x:fmt="of" x:sec="16"/> for additional
3920   acknowledgements from prior revisions.
3923   Since 1999, the following contributors have helped improve the HTTP
3924   specification by reporting bugs, asking smart questions, drafting or
3925   reviewing text, and evaluating open issues:
3927<?BEGININC acks ?>
3928<t>Adam Barth,
3929Adam Roach,
3930Addison Phillips,
3931Adrian Chadd,
3932Adrien W. de Croy,
3933Alan Ford,
3934Alan Ruttenberg,
3935Albert Lunde,
3936Alek Storm,
3937Alex Rousskov,
3938Alexandre Morgaut,
3939Alexey Melnikov,
3940Alisha Smith,
3941Amichai Rothman,
3942Amit Klein,
3943Amos Jeffries,
3944Andreas Maier,
3945Andreas Petersson,
3946Anne van Kesteren,
3947Anthony Bryan,
3948Asbjorn Ulsberg,
3949Balachander Krishnamurthy,
3950Barry Leiba,
3951Ben Laurie,
3952Benjamin Niven-Jenkins,
3953Bil Corry,
3954Bill Burke,
3955Bjoern Hoehrmann,
3956Bob Scheifler,
3957Boris Zbarsky,
3958Brett Slatkin,
3959Brian Kell,
3960Brian McBarron,
3961Brian Pane,
3962Brian Smith,
3963Bryce Nesbitt,
3964Cameron Heavon-Jones,
3965Carl Kugler,
3966Carsten Bormann,
3967Charles Fry,
3968Chris Newman,
3969Cyrus Daboo,
3970Dale Robert Anderson,
3971Dan Winship,
3972Daniel Stenberg,
3973Dave Cridland,
3974Dave Crocker,
3975Dave Kristol,
3976David Booth,
3977David Singer,
3978David W. Morris,
3979Diwakar Shetty,
3980Dmitry Kurochkin,
3981Drummond Reed,
3982Duane Wessels,
3983Edward Lee,
3984Eliot Lear,
3985Eran Hammer-Lahav,
3986Eric D. Williams,
3987Eric J. Bowman,
3988Eric Lawrence,
3989Eric Rescorla,
3990Erik Aronesty,
3991Florian Weimer,
3992Frank Ellermann,
3993Fred Bohle,
3994Geoffrey Sneddon,
3995Gervase Markham,
3996Greg Wilkins,
3997Harald Tveit Alvestrand,
3998Harry Halpin,
3999Helge Hess,
4000Henrik Nordstrom,
4001Henry S. Thompson,
4002Henry Story,
4003Herbert van de Sompel,
4004Howard Melman,
4005Hugo Haas,
4006Ian Hickson,
4007Ingo Struck,
4008J. Ross Nicoll,
4009James H. Manger,
4010James Lacey,
4011James M. Snell,
4012Jamie Lokier,
4013Jan Algermissen,
4014Jeff Hodges (who came up with the term 'effective Request-URI'),
4015Jeff Walden,
4016Jim Luther,
4017Joe D. Williams,
4018Joe Gregorio,
4019Joe Orton,
4020John C. Klensin,
4021John C. Mallery,
4022John Cowan,
4023John Kemp,
4024John Panzer,
4025John Schneider,
4026John Stracke,
4027John Sullivan,
4028Jonas Sicking,
4029Jonathan Billington,
4030Jonathan Moore,
4031Jonathan Rees,
4032Jonathan Silvera,
4033Jordi Ros,
4034Joris Dobbelsteen,
4035Josh Cohen,
4036Julien Pierre,
4037Jungshik Shin,
4038Justin Chapweske,
4039Justin Erenkrantz,
4040Justin James,
4041Kalvinder Singh,
4042Karl Dubost,
4043Keith Hoffman,
4044Keith Moore,
4045Koen Holtman,
4046Konstantin Voronkov,
4047Kris Zyp,
4048Lisa Dusseault,
4049Maciej Stachowiak,
4050Marc Schneider,
4051Marc Slemko,
4052Mark Baker,
4053Mark Pauley,
4054Mark Watson,
4055Markus Isomaki,
4056Markus Lanthaler,
4057Martin J. Duerst,
4058Martin Musatov,
4059Martin Nilsson,
4060Martin Thomson,
4061Matt Lynch,
4062Matthew Cox,
4063Max Clark,
4064Michael Burrows,
4065Michael Hausenblas,
4066Mike Amundsen,
4067Mike Belshe,
4068Mike Kelly,
4069Mike Schinkel,
4070Miles Sabin,
4071Murray S. Kucherawy,
4072Mykyta Yevstifeyev,
4073Nathan Rixham,
4074Nicholas Shanks,
4075Nico Williams,
4076Nicolas Alvarez,
4077Nicolas Mailhot,
4078Noah Slater,
4079Pablo Castro,
4080Pat Hayes,
4081Patrick R. McManus,
4082Paul E. Jones,
4083Paul Hoffman,
4084Paul Marquess,
4085Peter Lepeska,
4086Peter Saint-Andre,
4087Peter Watkins,
4088Phil Archer,
4089Phillip Hallam-Baker,
4090Poul-Henning Kamp,
4091Preethi Natarajan,
4092Ray Polk,
4093Reto Bachmann-Gmuer,
4094Richard Cyganiak,
4095Robert Brewer,
4096Robert Collins,
4097Robert O'Callahan,
4098Robert Olofsson,
4099Robert Sayre,
4100Robert Siemer,
4101Robert de Wilde,
4102Roberto Javier Godoy,
4103Roberto Peon,
4104Ronny Widjaja,
4105S. Mike Dierken,
4106Salvatore Loreto,
4107Sam Johnston,
4108Sam Ruby,
4109Scott Lawrence (who maintained the original issues list),
4110Sean B. Palmer,
4111Shane McCarron,
4112Stefan Eissing,
4113Stefan Tilkov,
4114Stefanos Harhalakis,
4115Stephane Bortzmeyer,
4116Stephen Farrell,
4117Stephen Ludin,
4118Stuart Williams,
4119Subbu Allamaraju,
4120Sylvain Hellegouarch,
4121Tapan Divekar,
4122Tatsuya Hayashi,
4123Ted Hardie,
4124Thomas Broyer,
4125Thomas Nordin,
4126Thomas Roessler,
4127Tim Bray,
4128Tim Morgan,
4129Tim Olsen,
4130Tom Zhou,
4131Travis Snoozy,
4132Tyler Close,
4133Vincent Murphy,
4134Wenbo Zhu,
4135Werner Baumann,
4136Wilbur Streett,
4137Wilfredo Sanchez Vega,
4138William A. Rowe Jr.,
4139William Chan,
4140Willy Tarreau,
4141Xiaoshu Wang,
4142Yaron Goland,
4143Yngve Nysaeter Pettersen,
4144Yoav Nir,
4145Yogesh Bang,
4146Yutaka Oiwa,
4147Zed A. Shaw, and
4148Zhong Yu.
4150<?ENDINC acks ?>
4156<references title="Normative References">
4158<reference anchor="ISO-8859-1">
4159  <front>
4160    <title>
4161     Information technology -- 8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets -- Part 1: Latin alphabet No. 1
4162    </title>
4163    <author>
4164      <organization>International Organization for Standardization</organization>
4165    </author>
4166    <date year="1998"/>
4167  </front>
4168  <seriesInfo name="ISO/IEC" value="8859-1:1998"/>
4171<reference anchor="Part2">
4172  <front>
4173    <title>HTTP/1.1, part 2: Message Semantics, Payload and Content Negotiation</title>
4174    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4175      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4176      <address><email></email></address>
4177    </author>
4178    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
4179      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4180      <address><email></email></address>
4181    </author>
4182    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4183      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4184      <address><email></email></address>
4185    </author>
4186    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4187  </front>
4188  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4189  <x:source href="p2-semantics.xml" basename="p2-semantics">
4190    <x:defines>1xx (Informational)</x:defines>
4191    <x:defines>1xx</x:defines>
4192    <x:defines>100 (Continue)</x:defines>
4193    <x:defines>101 (Switching Protocols)</x:defines>
4194    <x:defines>2xx (Successful)</x:defines>
4195    <x:defines>2xx</x:defines>
4196    <x:defines>200 (OK)</x:defines>
4197    <x:defines>204 (No Content)</x:defines>
4198    <x:defines>3xx (Redirection)</x:defines>
4199    <x:defines>3xx</x:defines>
4200    <x:defines>301 (Moved Permanently)</x:defines>
4201    <x:defines>4xx (Client Error)</x:defines>
4202    <x:defines>4xx</x:defines>
4203    <x:defines>400 (Bad Request)</x:defines>
4204    <x:defines>405 (Method Not Allowed)</x:defines>
4205    <x:defines>411 (Length Required)</x:defines>
4206    <x:defines>414 (URI Too Long)</x:defines>
4207    <x:defines>417 (Expectation Failed)</x:defines>
4208    <x:defines>426 (Upgrade Required)</x:defines>
4209    <x:defines>501 (Not Implemented)</x:defines>
4210    <x:defines>502 (Bad Gateway)</x:defines>
4211    <x:defines>505 (HTTP Version Not Supported)</x:defines>
4212    <x:defines>Allow</x:defines>
4213    <x:defines>Content-Encoding</x:defines>
4214    <x:defines>Content-Location</x:defines>
4215    <x:defines>Content-Type</x:defines>
4216    <x:defines>Date</x:defines>
4217    <x:defines>Expect</x:defines>
4218    <x:defines>Location</x:defines>
4219    <x:defines>Server</x:defines>
4220    <x:defines>User-Agent</x:defines>
4221  </x:source>
4224<reference anchor="Part4">
4225  <front>
4226    <title>HTTP/1.1, part 4: Conditional Requests</title>
4227    <author fullname="Roy T. Fielding" initials="R." role="editor" surname="Fielding">
4228      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4229      <address><email></email></address>
4230    </author>
4231    <author fullname="Yves Lafon" initials="Y." role="editor" surname="Lafon">
4232      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4233      <address><email></email></address>
4234    </author>
4235    <author fullname="Julian F. Reschke" initials="J. F." role="editor" surname="Reschke">
4236      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4237      <address><email></email></address>
4238    </author>
4239    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;" />
4240  </front>
4241  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p4-conditional-&ID-VERSION;" />
4242  <x:source basename="p4-conditional" href="p4-conditional.xml">
4243    <x:defines>304 (Not Modified)</x:defines>
4244    <x:defines>ETag</x:defines>
4245    <x:defines>Last-Modified</x:defines>
4246  </x:source>
4249<reference anchor="Part5">
4250  <front>
4251    <title>HTTP/1.1, part 5: Range Requests and Partial Responses</title>
4252    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4253      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4254      <address><email></email></address>
4255    </author>
4256    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
4257      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4258      <address><email></email></address>
4259    </author>
4260    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4261      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4262      <address><email></email></address>
4263    </author>
4264    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4265  </front>
4266  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p5-range-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4267  <x:source href="p5-range.xml" basename="p5-range">
4268    <x:defines>Content-Range</x:defines>
4269  </x:source>
4272<reference anchor="Part6">
4273  <front>
4274    <title>HTTP/1.1, part 6: Caching</title>
4275    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4276      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4277      <address><email></email></address>
4278    </author>
4279    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
4280      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4281      <address><email></email></address>
4282    </author>
4283    <author initials="M." surname="Nottingham" fullname="Mark Nottingham" role="editor">
4284      <organization>Rackspace</organization>
4285      <address><email></email></address>
4286    </author>
4287    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4288      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4289      <address><email></email></address>
4290    </author>
4291    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4292  </front>
4293  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4294  <x:source href="p6-cache.xml" basename="p6-cache">
4295    <x:defines>Expires</x:defines>
4296  </x:source>
4299<reference anchor="Part7">
4300  <front>
4301    <title>HTTP/1.1, part 7: Authentication</title>
4302    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
4303      <organization abbrev="Adobe">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4304      <address><email></email></address>
4305    </author>
4306    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
4307      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4308      <address><email></email></address>
4309    </author>
4310    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
4311      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4312      <address><email></email></address>
4313    </author>
4314    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4315  </front>
4316  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4317  <x:source href="p7-auth.xml" basename="p7-auth">
4318    <x:defines>Proxy-Authenticate</x:defines>
4319    <x:defines>Proxy-Authorization</x:defines>
4320  </x:source>
4323<reference anchor="RFC5234">
4324  <front>
4325    <title abbrev="ABNF for Syntax Specifications">Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications: ABNF</title>
4326    <author initials="D." surname="Crocker" fullname="Dave Crocker" role="editor">
4327      <organization>Brandenburg InternetWorking</organization>
4328      <address>
4329        <email></email>
4330      </address> 
4331    </author>
4332    <author initials="P." surname="Overell" fullname="Paul Overell">
4333      <organization>THUS plc.</organization>
4334      <address>
4335        <email></email>
4336      </address>
4337    </author>
4338    <date month="January" year="2008"/>
4339  </front>
4340  <seriesInfo name="STD" value="68"/>
4341  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5234"/>
4344<reference anchor="RFC2119">
4345  <front>
4346    <title>Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels</title>
4347    <author initials="S." surname="Bradner" fullname="Scott Bradner">
4348      <organization>Harvard University</organization>
4349      <address><email></email></address>
4350    </author>
4351    <date month="March" year="1997"/>
4352  </front>
4353  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="14"/>
4354  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2119"/>
4357<reference anchor="RFC3986">
4358 <front>
4359  <title abbrev='URI Generic Syntax'>Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax</title>
4360  <author initials='T.' surname='Berners-Lee' fullname='Tim Berners-Lee'>
4361    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4362    <address>
4363       <email></email>
4364       <uri></uri>
4365    </address>
4366  </author>
4367  <author initials='R.' surname='Fielding' fullname='Roy T. Fielding'>
4368    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
4369    <address>
4370      <email></email>
4371      <uri></uri>
4372    </address>
4373  </author>
4374  <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='Larry Masinter'>
4375    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4376    <address>
4377      <email></email>
4378      <uri></uri>
4379    </address>
4380  </author>
4381  <date month='January' year='2005'></date>
4382 </front>
4383 <seriesInfo name="STD" value="66"/>
4384 <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="3986"/>
4387<reference anchor="USASCII">
4388  <front>
4389    <title>Coded Character Set -- 7-bit American Standard Code for Information Interchange</title>
4390    <author>
4391      <organization>American National Standards Institute</organization>
4392    </author>
4393    <date year="1986"/>
4394  </front>
4395  <seriesInfo name="ANSI" value="X3.4"/>
4398<reference anchor="RFC1950">
4399  <front>
4400    <title>ZLIB Compressed Data Format Specification version 3.3</title>
4401    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4402      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4403      <address><email></email></address>
4404    </author>
4405    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly"/>
4406    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4407  </front>
4408  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1950"/>
4409  <!--<annotation>
4410    RFC 1950 is an Informational RFC, thus it might be less stable than
4411    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4412    present since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref> in 1997,
4413    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4414    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4415  </annotation>-->
4418<reference anchor="RFC1951">
4419  <front>
4420    <title>DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification version 1.3</title>
4421    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4422      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4423      <address><email></email></address>
4424    </author>
4425    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4426  </front>
4427  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1951"/>
4428  <!--<annotation>
4429    RFC 1951 is an Informational RFC, thus it might be less stable than
4430    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4431    present since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref> in 1997,
4432    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4433    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4434  </annotation>-->
4437<reference anchor="RFC1952">
4438  <front>
4439    <title>GZIP file format specification version 4.3</title>
4440    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4441      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4442      <address><email></email></address>
4443    </author>
4444    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly">
4445      <address><email></email></address>
4446    </author>
4447    <author initials="M." surname="Adler" fullname="Mark Adler">
4448      <address><email></email></address>
4449    </author>
4450    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4451      <address><email></email></address>
4452    </author>
4453    <author initials="G." surname="Randers-Pehrson" fullname="Glenn Randers-Pehrson">
4454      <address><email></email></address>
4455    </author>
4456    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4457  </front>
4458  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1952"/>
4459  <!--<annotation>
4460    RFC 1952 is an Informational RFC, thus it might be less stable than
4461    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4462    present since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068" x:fmt="none">RFC 2068</xref> in 1997,
4463    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4464    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4465  </annotation>-->
4470<references title="Informative References">
4472<reference anchor="Nie1997" target="">
4473  <front>
4474    <title>Network Performance Effects of HTTP/1.1, CSS1, and PNG</title>
4475    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen"/>
4476    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys"/>
4477    <author initials="E." surname="Prud'hommeaux" fullname="E. Prud'hommeaux"/>
4478    <author initials="H." surname="Lie" fullname="H. Lie"/>
4479    <author initials="C." surname="Lilley" fullname="C. Lilley"/>
4480    <date year="1997" month="September"/>
4481  </front>
4482  <seriesInfo name="ACM" value="Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM '97 conference on Applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication SIGCOMM '97"/>
4485<reference anchor="Pad1995" target="">
4486  <front>
4487    <title>Improving HTTP Latency</title>
4488    <author initials="V.N." surname="Padmanabhan" fullname="Venkata N. Padmanabhan"/>
4489    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul"/>
4490    <date year="1995" month="December"/>
4491  </front>
4492  <seriesInfo name="Computer Networks and ISDN Systems" value="v. 28, pp. 25-35"/>
4495<reference anchor='RFC1919'>
4496  <front>
4497    <title>Classical versus Transparent IP Proxies</title>
4498    <author initials='M.' surname='Chatel' fullname='Marc Chatel'>
4499      <address><email></email></address>
4500    </author>
4501    <date year='1996' month='March' />
4502  </front>
4503  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='1919' />
4506<reference anchor="RFC1945">
4507  <front>
4508    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.0">Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.0</title>
4509    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4510      <organization>MIT, Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4511      <address><email></email></address>
4512    </author>
4513    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4514      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4515      <address><email></email></address>
4516    </author>
4517    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4518      <organization>W3 Consortium, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4519      <address><email></email></address>
4520    </author>
4521    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4522  </front>
4523  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1945"/>
4526<reference anchor="RFC2045">
4527  <front>
4528    <title abbrev="Internet Message Bodies">Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies</title>
4529    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="Ned Freed">
4530      <organization>Innosoft International, Inc.</organization>
4531      <address><email></email></address>
4532    </author>
4533    <author initials="N.S." surname="Borenstein" fullname="Nathaniel S. Borenstein">
4534      <organization>First Virtual Holdings</organization>
4535      <address><email></email></address>
4536    </author>
4537    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4538  </front>
4539  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2045"/>
4542<reference anchor="RFC2047">
4543  <front>
4544    <title abbrev="Message Header Extensions">MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Three: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text</title>
4545    <author initials="K." surname="Moore" fullname="Keith Moore">
4546      <organization>University of Tennessee</organization>
4547      <address><email></email></address>
4548    </author>
4549    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4550  </front>
4551  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2047"/>
4554<reference anchor="RFC2068">
4555  <front>
4556    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4557    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4558      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4559      <address><email></email></address>
4560    </author>
4561    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4562      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4563      <address><email></email></address>
4564    </author>
4565    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4566      <organization>Digital Equipment Corporation, Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4567      <address><email></email></address>
4568    </author>
4569    <author initials="H." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4570      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4571      <address><email></email></address>
4572    </author>
4573    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4574      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4575      <address><email></email></address>
4576    </author>
4577    <date month="January" year="1997"/>
4578  </front>
4579  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2068"/>
4582<reference anchor="RFC2145">
4583  <front>
4584    <title abbrev="HTTP Version Numbers">Use and Interpretation of HTTP Version Numbers</title>
4585    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4586      <organization>Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4587      <address><email></email></address>
4588    </author>
4589    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4590      <organization>Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4591      <address><email></email></address>
4592    </author>
4593    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4594      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4595      <address><email></email></address>
4596    </author>
4597    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4598      <organization>W3 Consortium</organization>
4599      <address><email></email></address>
4600    </author>
4601    <date month="May" year="1997"/>
4602  </front>
4603  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2145"/>
4606<reference anchor="RFC2616">
4607  <front>
4608    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4609    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="R. Fielding">
4610      <organization>University of California, Irvine</organization>
4611      <address><email></email></address>
4612    </author>
4613    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys">
4614      <organization>W3C</organization>
4615      <address><email></email></address>
4616    </author>
4617    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="J. Mogul">
4618      <organization>Compaq Computer Corporation</organization>
4619      <address><email></email></address>
4620    </author>
4621    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="H. Frystyk">
4622      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4623      <address><email></email></address>
4624    </author>
4625    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="L. Masinter">
4626      <organization>Xerox Corporation</organization>
4627      <address><email></email></address>
4628    </author>
4629    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="P. Leach">
4630      <organization>Microsoft Corporation</organization>
4631      <address><email></email></address>
4632    </author>
4633    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="T. Berners-Lee">
4634      <organization>W3C</organization>
4635      <address><email></email></address>
4636    </author>
4637    <date month="June" year="1999"/>
4638  </front>
4639  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2616"/>
4642<reference anchor='RFC2817'>
4643  <front>
4644    <title>Upgrading to TLS Within HTTP/1.1</title>
4645    <author initials='R.' surname='Khare' fullname='R. Khare'>
4646      <organization>4K Associates / UC Irvine</organization>
4647      <address><email></email></address>
4648    </author>
4649    <author initials='S.' surname='Lawrence' fullname='S. Lawrence'>
4650      <organization>Agranat Systems, Inc.</organization>
4651      <address><email></email></address>
4652    </author>
4653    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4654  </front>
4655  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2817' />
4658<reference anchor='RFC2818'>
4659  <front>
4660    <title>HTTP Over TLS</title>
4661    <author initials='E.' surname='Rescorla' fullname='Eric Rescorla'>
4662      <organization>RTFM, Inc.</organization>
4663      <address><email></email></address>
4664    </author>
4665    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4666  </front>
4667  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2818' />
4670<reference anchor='RFC2965'>
4671  <front>
4672    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4673    <author initials='D. M.' surname='Kristol' fullname='David M. Kristol'>
4674      <organization>Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies</organization>
4675      <address><email></email></address>
4676    </author>
4677    <author initials='L.' surname='Montulli' fullname='Lou Montulli'>
4678      <organization>, Inc.</organization>
4679      <address><email></email></address>
4680    </author>
4681    <date year='2000' month='October' />
4682  </front>
4683  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2965' />
4686<reference anchor='RFC3040'>
4687  <front>
4688    <title>Internet Web Replication and Caching Taxonomy</title>
4689    <author initials='I.' surname='Cooper' fullname='I. Cooper'>
4690      <organization>Equinix, Inc.</organization>
4691    </author>
4692    <author initials='I.' surname='Melve' fullname='I. Melve'>
4693      <organization>UNINETT</organization>
4694    </author>
4695    <author initials='G.' surname='Tomlinson' fullname='G. Tomlinson'>
4696      <organization>CacheFlow Inc.</organization>
4697    </author>
4698    <date year='2001' month='January' />
4699  </front>
4700  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='3040' />
4703<reference anchor='RFC3864'>
4704  <front>
4705    <title>Registration Procedures for Message Header Fields</title>
4706    <author initials='G.' surname='Klyne' fullname='G. Klyne'>
4707      <organization>Nine by Nine</organization>
4708      <address><email></email></address>
4709    </author>
4710    <author initials='M.' surname='Nottingham' fullname='M. Nottingham'>
4711      <organization>BEA Systems</organization>
4712      <address><email></email></address>
4713    </author>
4714    <author initials='J.' surname='Mogul' fullname='J. Mogul'>
4715      <organization>HP Labs</organization>
4716      <address><email></email></address>
4717    </author>
4718    <date year='2004' month='September' />
4719  </front>
4720  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='90' />
4721  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='3864' />
4724<reference anchor='RFC4033'>
4725  <front>
4726    <title>DNS Security Introduction and Requirements</title>
4727    <author initials='R.' surname='Arends' fullname='R. Arends'/>
4728    <author initials='R.' surname='Austein' fullname='R. Austein'/>
4729    <author initials='M.' surname='Larson' fullname='M. Larson'/>
4730    <author initials='D.' surname='Massey' fullname='D. Massey'/>
4731    <author initials='S.' surname='Rose' fullname='S. Rose'/>
4732    <date year='2005' month='March' />
4733  </front>
4734  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4033' />
4737<reference anchor="RFC4288">
4738  <front>
4739    <title>Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures</title>
4740    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="N. Freed">
4741      <organization>Sun Microsystems</organization>
4742      <address>
4743        <email></email>
4744      </address>
4745    </author>
4746    <author initials="J." surname="Klensin" fullname="J. Klensin">
4747      <address>
4748        <email></email>
4749      </address>
4750    </author>
4751    <date year="2005" month="December"/>
4752  </front>
4753  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="13"/>
4754  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="4288"/>
4757<reference anchor='RFC4395'>
4758  <front>
4759    <title>Guidelines and Registration Procedures for New URI Schemes</title>
4760    <author initials='T.' surname='Hansen' fullname='T. Hansen'>
4761      <organization>AT&amp;T Laboratories</organization>
4762      <address>
4763        <email></email>
4764      </address>
4765    </author>
4766    <author initials='T.' surname='Hardie' fullname='T. Hardie'>
4767      <organization>Qualcomm, Inc.</organization>
4768      <address>
4769        <email></email>
4770      </address>
4771    </author>
4772    <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='L. Masinter'>
4773      <organization>Adobe Systems</organization>
4774      <address>
4775        <email></email>
4776      </address>
4777    </author>
4778    <date year='2006' month='February' />
4779  </front>
4780  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='115' />
4781  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4395' />
4784<reference anchor='RFC4559'>
4785  <front>
4786    <title>SPNEGO-based Kerberos and NTLM HTTP Authentication in Microsoft Windows</title>
4787    <author initials='K.' surname='Jaganathan' fullname='K. Jaganathan'/>
4788    <author initials='L.' surname='Zhu' fullname='L. Zhu'/>
4789    <author initials='J.' surname='Brezak' fullname='J. Brezak'/>
4790    <date year='2006' month='June' />
4791  </front>
4792  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4559' />
4795<reference anchor='RFC5226'>
4796  <front>
4797    <title>Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs</title>
4798    <author initials='T.' surname='Narten' fullname='T. Narten'>
4799      <organization>IBM</organization>
4800      <address><email></email></address>
4801    </author>
4802    <author initials='H.' surname='Alvestrand' fullname='H. Alvestrand'>
4803      <organization>Google</organization>
4804      <address><email></email></address>
4805    </author>
4806    <date year='2008' month='May' />
4807  </front>
4808  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='26' />
4809  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='5226' />
4812<reference anchor="RFC5322">
4813  <front>
4814    <title>Internet Message Format</title>
4815    <author initials="P." surname="Resnick" fullname="P. Resnick">
4816      <organization>Qualcomm Incorporated</organization>
4817    </author>
4818    <date year="2008" month="October"/>
4819  </front>
4820  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5322"/>
4823<reference anchor="RFC6265">
4824  <front>
4825    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4826    <author initials="A." surname="Barth" fullname="Adam Barth">
4827      <organization abbrev="U.C. Berkeley">
4828        University of California, Berkeley
4829      </organization>
4830      <address><email></email></address>
4831    </author>
4832    <date year="2011" month="April" />
4833  </front>
4834  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="6265"/>
4837<!--<reference anchor='BCP97'>
4838  <front>
4839    <title>Handling Normative References to Standards-Track Documents</title>
4840    <author initials='J.' surname='Klensin' fullname='J. Klensin'>
4841      <address>
4842        <email></email>
4843      </address>
4844    </author>
4845    <author initials='S.' surname='Hartman' fullname='S. Hartman'>
4846      <organization>MIT</organization>
4847      <address>
4848        <email></email>
4849      </address>
4850    </author>
4851    <date year='2007' month='June' />
4852  </front>
4853  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='97' />
4854  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4897' />
4857<reference anchor="Kri2001" target="">
4858  <front>
4859    <title>HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics</title>
4860    <author initials="D." surname="Kristol" fullname="David M. Kristol"/>
4861    <date year="2001" month="November"/>
4862  </front>
4863  <seriesInfo name="ACM Transactions on Internet Technology" value="Vol. 1, #2"/>
4866<reference anchor="Spe" target="">
4867  <front>
4868    <title>Analysis of HTTP Performance Problems</title>
4869    <author initials="S." surname="Spero" fullname="Simon E. Spero"/>
4870    <date/>
4871  </front>
4874<reference anchor="Tou1998" target="">
4875  <front>
4876  <title>Analysis of HTTP Performance</title>
4877  <author initials="J." surname="Touch" fullname="Joe Touch">
4878    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4879    <address><email></email></address>
4880  </author>
4881  <author initials="J." surname="Heidemann" fullname="John Heidemann">
4882    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4883    <address><email></email></address>
4884  </author>
4885  <author initials="K." surname="Obraczka" fullname="Katia Obraczka">
4886    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4887    <address><email></email></address>
4888  </author>
4889  <date year="1998" month="Aug"/>
4890  </front>
4891  <seriesInfo name="ISI Research Report" value="ISI/RR-98-463"/>
4892  <annotation>(original report dated Aug. 1996)</annotation>
4898<section title="HTTP Version History" anchor="compatibility">
4900   HTTP has been in use by the World-Wide Web global information initiative
4901   since 1990. The first version of HTTP, later referred to as HTTP/0.9,
4902   was a simple protocol for hypertext data transfer across the Internet
4903   with only a single request method (GET) and no metadata.
4904   HTTP/1.0, as defined by <xref target="RFC1945"/>, added a range of request
4905   methods and MIME-like messaging that could include metadata about the data
4906   transferred and modifiers on the request/response semantics. However,
4907   HTTP/1.0 did not sufficiently take into consideration the effects of
4908   hierarchical proxies, caching, the need for persistent connections, or
4909   name-based virtual hosts. The proliferation of incompletely-implemented
4910   applications calling themselves "HTTP/1.0" further necessitated a
4911   protocol version change in order for two communicating applications
4912   to determine each other's true capabilities.
4915   HTTP/1.1 remains compatible with HTTP/1.0 by including more stringent
4916   requirements that enable reliable implementations, adding only
4917   those new features that will either be safely ignored by an HTTP/1.0
4918   recipient or only sent when communicating with a party advertising
4919   conformance with HTTP/1.1.
4922   It is beyond the scope of a protocol specification to mandate
4923   conformance with previous versions. HTTP/1.1 was deliberately
4924   designed, however, to make supporting previous versions easy.
4925   We would expect a general-purpose HTTP/1.1 server to understand
4926   any valid request in the format of HTTP/1.0 and respond appropriately
4927   with an HTTP/1.1 message that only uses features understood (or
4928   safely ignored) by HTTP/1.0 clients.  Likewise, we would expect
4929   an HTTP/1.1 client to understand any valid HTTP/1.0 response.
4932   Since HTTP/0.9 did not support header fields in a request,
4933   there is no mechanism for it to support name-based virtual
4934   hosts (selection of resource by inspection of the <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header
4935   field).  Any server that implements name-based virtual hosts
4936   ought to disable support for HTTP/0.9.  Most requests that
4937   appear to be HTTP/0.9 are, in fact, badly constructed HTTP/1.x
4938   requests wherein a buggy client failed to properly encode
4939   linear whitespace found in a URI reference and placed in
4940   the request-target.
4943<section title="Changes from HTTP/1.0" anchor="changes.from.1.0">
4945   This section summarizes major differences between versions HTTP/1.0
4946   and HTTP/1.1.
4949<section title="Multi-homed Web Servers" anchor="">
4951   The requirements that clients and servers support the <x:ref>Host</x:ref>
4952   header field (<xref target=""/>), report an error if it is
4953   missing from an HTTP/1.1 request, and accept absolute URIs (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4954   are among the most important changes defined by HTTP/1.1.
4957   Older HTTP/1.0 clients assumed a one-to-one relationship of IP
4958   addresses and servers; there was no other established mechanism for
4959   distinguishing the intended server of a request than the IP address
4960   to which that request was directed. The <x:ref>Host</x:ref> header field was
4961   introduced during the development of HTTP/1.1 and, though it was
4962   quickly implemented by most HTTP/1.0 browsers, additional requirements
4963   were placed on all HTTP/1.1 requests in order to ensure complete
4964   adoption.  At the time of this writing, most HTTP-based services
4965   are dependent upon the Host header field for targeting requests.
4969<section title="Keep-Alive Connections" anchor="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections">
4971   In HTTP/1.0, each connection is established by the client prior to the
4972   request and closed by the server after sending the response. However, some
4973   implementations implement the explicitly negotiated ("Keep-Alive") version
4974   of persistent connections described in <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of"
4975   target="RFC2068"/>.
4978   Some clients and servers might wish to be compatible with these previous
4979   approaches to persistent connections, by explicitly negotiating for them
4980   with a "Connection: keep-alive" request header field. However, some
4981   experimental implementations of HTTP/1.0 persistent connections are faulty;
4982   for example, if a HTTP/1.0 proxy server doesn't understand
4983   <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>, it will erroneously forward that header field
4984   to the next inbound server, which would result in a hung connection.
4987   One attempted solution was the introduction of a Proxy-Connection header
4988   field, targeted specifically at proxies. In practice, this was also
4989   unworkable, because proxies are often deployed in multiple layers, bringing
4990   about the same problem discussed above.
4993   As a result, clients are encouraged not to send the Proxy-Connection header
4994   field in any requests.
4997   Clients are also encouraged to consider the use of Connection: keep-alive
4998   in requests carefully; while they can enable persistent connections with
4999   HTTP/1.0 servers, clients using them need will need to monitor the
5000   connection for "hung" requests (which indicate that the client ought stop
5001   sending the header field), and this mechanism ought not be used by clients
5002   at all when a proxy is being used.
5006<section title="Introduction of Transfer-Encoding" anchor="introduction.of.transfer-encoding">
5008   HTTP/1.1 introduces the <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> header field
5009   (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>). Proxies/gateways &MUST; remove
5010   any transfer-coding prior to forwarding a message via a MIME-compliant
5011   protocol.
5017<section title="Changes from RFC 2616" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2616">
5019  Clarify that the string "HTTP" in the HTTP-version ABNF production is case
5020  sensitive. Restrict the version numbers to be single digits due to the fact
5021  that implementations are known to handle multi-digit version numbers
5022  incorrectly.
5023  (<xref target="http.version"/>)
5026  Update use of abs_path production from RFC 1808 to the path-absolute + query
5027  components of RFC 3986. State that the asterisk form is allowed for the OPTIONS
5028  request method only.
5029  (<xref target="request-target"/>)
5032  Require that invalid whitespace around field-names be rejected.
5033  (<xref target="header.fields"/>)
5036  Rules about implicit linear whitespace between certain grammar productions
5037  have been removed; now whitespace is only allowed where specifically
5038  defined in the ABNF.
5039  (<xref target="whitespace"/>)
5042  The NUL octet is no longer allowed in comment and quoted-string
5043  text. The quoted-pair rule no longer allows escaping control characters other than HTAB.
5044  Non-ASCII content in header fields and reason phrase has been obsoleted and
5045  made opaque (the TEXT rule was removed).
5046  (<xref target="field.components"/>)
5049  Empty list elements in list productions have been deprecated.
5050  (<xref target="abnf.extension"/>)
5053  Require recipients to handle bogus <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> header
5054  fields as errors.
5055  (<xref target="message.body"/>)
5058  Remove reference to non-existent identity transfer-coding value tokens.
5059  (Sections <xref format="counter" target="message.body"/> and
5060  <xref format="counter" target="transfer.codings"/>)
5063  Clarification that the chunk length does not include the count of the octets
5064  in the chunk header and trailer. Furthermore disallowed line folding
5065  in chunk extensions, and deprecate their use.
5066  (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
5069  Registration of Transfer Codings now requires IETF Review
5070  (<xref target="transfer.coding.registry"/>)
5073  Remove hard limit of two connections per server.
5074  Remove requirement to retry a sequence of requests as long it was idempotent.
5075  Remove requirements about when servers are allowed to close connections
5076  prematurely.
5077  (<xref target="persistent.practical"/>)
5080  Remove requirement to retry requests under certain circumstances when the
5081  server prematurely closes the connection.
5082  (<xref target="message.transmission.requirements"/>)
5085  Change ABNF productions for header fields to only define the field value.
5088  Clarify exactly when "close" connection options have to be sent.
5089  (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
5092  Define the semantics of the <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> header field in responses
5093  other than 101 (this was incorporated from <xref target="RFC2817"/>).
5094  (<xref target="header.upgrade"/>)
5097  Take over the Upgrade Token Registry, previously defined in
5098  <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="of" x:sec="7.2"/>.
5099  (<xref target="upgrade.token.registry"/>)
5104<?BEGININC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
5105<section xmlns:x="" title="Collected ABNF" anchor="collected.abnf">
5107<artwork type="abnf" name="p1-messaging.parsed-abnf">
5108<x:ref>BWS</x:ref> = OWS
5110<x:ref>Connection</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) connection-option *( OWS "," [ OWS
5111 connection-option ] )
5112<x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> = 1*DIGIT
5114<x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref> = start-line *( header-field CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body
5115 ]
5116<x:ref>HTTP-name</x:ref> = %x48.54.54.50 ; HTTP
5117<x:ref>HTTP-version</x:ref> = HTTP-name "/" DIGIT "." DIGIT
5118<x:ref>Host</x:ref> = uri-host [ ":" port ]
5120<x:ref>OWS</x:ref> = *( SP / HTAB )
5122<x:ref>RWS</x:ref> = 1*( SP / HTAB )
5124<x:ref>TE</x:ref> = [ ( "," / t-codings ) *( OWS "," [ OWS t-codings ] ) ]
5125<x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) field-name *( OWS "," [ OWS field-name ] )
5126<x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) transfer-coding *( OWS "," [ OWS
5127 transfer-coding ] )
5129<x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.1&gt;
5130<x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) protocol *( OWS "," [ OWS protocol ] )
5132<x:ref>Via</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) ( received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS comment
5133 ] ) *( OWS "," [ OWS ( received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS
5134 comment ] ) ] )
5136<x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref> = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.3&gt;
5137<x:ref>absolute-form</x:ref> = absolute-URI
5138<x:ref>asterisk-form</x:ref> = "*"
5139<x:ref>attribute</x:ref> = token
5140<x:ref>authority</x:ref> = &lt;authority, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2&gt;
5141<x:ref>authority-form</x:ref> = authority
5143<x:ref>chunk</x:ref> = chunk-size [ chunk-ext ] CRLF chunk-data CRLF
5144<x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> = 1*OCTET
5145<x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> = *( ";" chunk-ext-name [ "=" chunk-ext-val ] )
5146<x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = token
5147<x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> = token / quoted-str-nf
5148<x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> = 1*HEXDIG
5149<x:ref>chunked-body</x:ref> = *chunk last-chunk trailer-part CRLF
5150<x:ref>comment</x:ref> = "(" *( ctext / quoted-cpair / comment ) ")"
5151<x:ref>connection-option</x:ref> = token
5152<x:ref>ctext</x:ref> = OWS / %x21-27 ; '!'-'''
5153 / %x2A-5B ; '*'-'['
5154 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5155 / obs-text
5157<x:ref>field-content</x:ref> = *( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5158<x:ref>field-name</x:ref> = token
5159<x:ref>field-value</x:ref> = *( field-content / obs-fold )
5161<x:ref>header-field</x:ref> = field-name ":" OWS field-value BWS
5162<x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
5163<x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
5165<x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref> = 1*"0" [ chunk-ext ] CRLF
5167<x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = *OCTET
5168<x:ref>method</x:ref> = token
5170<x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref> = CRLF ( SP / HTAB )
5171<x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> = %x80-FF
5172<x:ref>origin-form</x:ref> = path-absolute [ "?" query ]
5174<x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref> = relative-part [ "?" query ]
5175<x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> = &lt;path-abempty, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
5176<x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
5177<x:ref>port</x:ref> = &lt;port, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.3&gt;
5178<x:ref>protocol</x:ref> = protocol-name [ "/" protocol-version ]
5179<x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> = token
5180<x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref> = token
5181<x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref> = token
5183<x:ref>qdtext</x:ref> = OWS / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
5184 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5185 / obs-text
5186<x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref> = HTAB / SP / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
5187 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5188 / obs-text
5189<x:ref>query</x:ref> = &lt;query, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.4&gt;
5190<x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> = "\" ( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5191<x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> = "\" ( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5192<x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext-nf / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
5193<x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
5194<x:ref>qvalue</x:ref> = ( "0" [ "." *3DIGIT ] ) / ( "1" [ "." *3"0" ] )
5196<x:ref>reason-phrase</x:ref> = *( HTAB / SP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5197<x:ref>received-by</x:ref> = ( uri-host [ ":" port ] ) / pseudonym
5198<x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ protocol-name "/" ] protocol-version
5199<x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.2&gt;
5200<x:ref>request-line</x:ref> = method SP request-target SP HTTP-version CRLF
5201<x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = origin-form / absolute-form / authority-form /
5202 asterisk-form
5204<x:ref>special</x:ref> = "(" / ")" / "&lt;" / "&gt;" / "@" / "," / ";" / ":" / "\" /
5205 DQUOTE / "/" / "[" / "]" / "?" / "=" / "{" / "}"
5206<x:ref>start-line</x:ref> = request-line / status-line
5207<x:ref>status-code</x:ref> = 3DIGIT
5208<x:ref>status-line</x:ref> = HTTP-version SP status-code SP reason-phrase CRLF
5210<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( transfer-extension [ te-params ] )
5211<x:ref>tchar</x:ref> = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*" / "+" / "-" / "." /
5212 "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~" / DIGIT / ALPHA
5213<x:ref>te-ext</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS token [ "=" word ]
5214<x:ref>te-params</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS "q=" qvalue *te-ext
5215<x:ref>token</x:ref> = 1*tchar
5216<x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref> = *( header-field CRLF )
5217<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref> = "chunked" / "compress" / "deflate" / "gzip" /
5218 transfer-extension
5219<x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> = token *( OWS ";" OWS transfer-parameter )
5220<x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> = attribute BWS "=" BWS value
5222<x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> = &lt;host, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.2&gt;
5224<x:ref>value</x:ref> = word
5226<x:ref>word</x:ref> = token / quoted-string
5230<?ENDINC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
5232<section title="Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)" anchor="change.log">
5234<section title="Since RFC 2616">
5236  Extracted relevant partitions from <xref target="RFC2616"/>.
5240<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-00">
5242  Closed issues:
5243  <list style="symbols">
5244    <t>
5245      <eref target=""/>:
5246      "HTTP Version should be case sensitive"
5247      (<eref target=""/>)
5248    </t>
5249    <t>
5250      <eref target=""/>:
5251      "'unsafe' characters"
5252      (<eref target=""/>)
5253    </t>
5254    <t>
5255      <eref target=""/>:
5256      "Chunk Size Definition"
5257      (<eref target=""/>)
5258    </t>
5259    <t>
5260      <eref target=""/>:
5261      "Message Length"
5262      (<eref target=""/>)
5263    </t>
5264    <t>
5265      <eref target=""/>:
5266      "Media Type Registrations"
5267      (<eref target=""/>)
5268    </t>
5269    <t>
5270      <eref target=""/>:
5271      "URI includes query"
5272      (<eref target=""/>)
5273    </t>
5274    <t>
5275      <eref target=""/>:
5276      "No close on 1xx responses"
5277      (<eref target=""/>)
5278    </t>
5279    <t>
5280      <eref target=""/>:
5281      "Remove 'identity' token references"
5282      (<eref target=""/>)
5283    </t>
5284    <t>
5285      <eref target=""/>:
5286      "Import query BNF"
5287    </t>
5288    <t>
5289      <eref target=""/>:
5290      "qdtext BNF"
5291    </t>
5292    <t>
5293      <eref target=""/>:
5294      "Normative and Informative references"
5295    </t>
5296    <t>
5297      <eref target=""/>:
5298      "RFC2606 Compliance"
5299    </t>
5300    <t>
5301      <eref target=""/>:
5302      "RFC977 reference"
5303    </t>
5304    <t>
5305      <eref target=""/>:
5306      "RFC1700 references"
5307    </t>
5308    <t>
5309      <eref target=""/>:
5310      "inconsistency in date format explanation"
5311    </t>
5312    <t>
5313      <eref target=""/>:
5314      "Date reference typo"
5315    </t>
5316    <t>
5317      <eref target=""/>:
5318      "Informative references"
5319    </t>
5320    <t>
5321      <eref target=""/>:
5322      "ISO-8859-1 Reference"
5323    </t>
5324    <t>
5325      <eref target=""/>:
5326      "Normative up-to-date references"
5327    </t>
5328  </list>
5331  Other changes:
5332  <list style="symbols">
5333    <t>
5334      Update media type registrations to use RFC4288 template.
5335    </t>
5336    <t>
5337      Use names of RFC4234 core rules DQUOTE and HTAB,
5338      fix broken ABNF for chunk-data
5339      (work in progress on <eref target=""/>)
5340    </t>
5341  </list>
5345<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-01">
5347  Closed issues:
5348  <list style="symbols">
5349    <t>
5350      <eref target=""/>:
5351      "Bodies on GET (and other) requests"
5352    </t>
5353    <t>
5354      <eref target=""/>:
5355      "Updating to RFC4288"
5356    </t>
5357    <t>
5358      <eref target=""/>:
5359      "Status Code and Reason Phrase"
5360    </t>
5361    <t>
5362      <eref target=""/>:
5363      "rel_path not used"
5364    </t>
5365  </list>
5368  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5369  <list style="symbols">
5370    <t>
5371      Get rid of duplicate BNF rule names ("host" -> "uri-host", "trailer" ->
5372      "trailer-part").
5373    </t>
5374    <t>
5375      Avoid underscore character in rule names ("http_URL" ->
5376      "http-URL", "abs_path" -> "path-absolute").
5377    </t>
5378    <t>
5379      Add rules for terms imported from URI spec ("absoluteURI", "authority",
5380      "path-absolute", "port", "query", "relativeURI", "host) &mdash; these will
5381      have to be updated when switching over to RFC3986.
5382    </t>
5383    <t>
5384      Synchronize core rules with RFC5234.
5385    </t>
5386    <t>
5387      Get rid of prose rules that span multiple lines.
5388    </t>
5389    <t>
5390      Get rid of unused rules LOALPHA and UPALPHA.
5391    </t>
5392    <t>
5393      Move "Product Tokens" section (back) into Part 1, as "token" is used
5394      in the definition of the Upgrade header field.
5395    </t>
5396    <t>
5397      Add explicit references to BNF syntax and rules imported from other parts of the specification.
5398    </t>
5399    <t>
5400      Rewrite prose rule "token" in terms of "tchar", rewrite prose rule "TEXT".
5401    </t>
5402  </list>
5406<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-02" anchor="changes.since.02">
5408  Closed issues:
5409  <list style="symbols">
5410    <t>
5411      <eref target=""/>:
5412      "HTTP-date vs. rfc1123-date"
5413    </t>
5414    <t>
5415      <eref target=""/>:
5416      "WS in quoted-pair"
5417    </t>
5418  </list>
5421  Ongoing work on IANA Message Header Field Registration (<eref target=""/>):
5422  <list style="symbols">
5423    <t>
5424      Reference RFC 3984, and update header field registrations for header
5425      fields defined in this document.
5426    </t>
5427  </list>
5430  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5431  <list style="symbols">
5432    <t>
5433      Replace string literals when the string really is case-sensitive (HTTP-version).
5434    </t>
5435  </list>
5439<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-03" anchor="changes.since.03">
5441  Closed issues:
5442  <list style="symbols">
5443    <t>
5444      <eref target=""/>:
5445      "Connection closing"
5446    </t>
5447    <t>
5448      <eref target=""/>:
5449      "Move registrations and registry information to IANA Considerations"
5450    </t>
5451    <t>
5452      <eref target=""/>:
5453      "need new URL for PAD1995 reference"
5454    </t>
5455    <t>
5456      <eref target=""/>:
5457      "IANA Considerations: update HTTP URI scheme registration"
5458    </t>
5459    <t>
5460      <eref target=""/>:
5461      "Cite HTTPS URI scheme definition"
5462    </t>
5463    <t>
5464      <eref target=""/>:
5465      "List-type header fields vs Set-Cookie"
5466    </t>
5467  </list>
5470  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5471  <list style="symbols">
5472    <t>
5473      Replace string literals when the string really is case-sensitive (HTTP-Date).
5474    </t>
5475    <t>
5476      Replace HEX by HEXDIG for future consistence with RFC 5234's core rules.
5477    </t>
5478  </list>
5482<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-04" anchor="changes.since.04">
5484  Closed issues:
5485  <list style="symbols">
5486    <t>
5487      <eref target=""/>:
5488      "Out-of-date reference for URIs"
5489    </t>
5490    <t>
5491      <eref target=""/>:
5492      "RFC 2822 is updated by RFC 5322"
5493    </t>
5494  </list>
5497  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5498  <list style="symbols">
5499    <t>
5500      Use "/" instead of "|" for alternatives.
5501    </t>
5502    <t>
5503      Get rid of RFC822 dependency; use RFC5234 plus extensions instead.
5504    </t>
5505    <t>
5506      Only reference RFC 5234's core rules.
5507    </t>
5508    <t>
5509      Introduce new ABNF rules for "bad" whitespace ("BWS"), optional
5510      whitespace ("OWS") and required whitespace ("RWS").
5511    </t>
5512    <t>
5513      Rewrite ABNFs to spell out whitespace rules, factor out
5514      header field value format definitions.
5515    </t>
5516  </list>
5520<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-05" anchor="changes.since.05">
5522  Closed issues:
5523  <list style="symbols">
5524    <t>
5525      <eref target=""/>:
5526      "Header LWS"
5527    </t>
5528    <t>
5529      <eref target=""/>:
5530      "Sort 1.3 Terminology"
5531    </t>
5532    <t>
5533      <eref target=""/>:
5534      "RFC2047 encoded words"
5535    </t>
5536    <t>
5537      <eref target=""/>:
5538      "Character Encodings in TEXT"
5539    </t>
5540    <t>
5541      <eref target=""/>:
5542      "Line Folding"
5543    </t>
5544    <t>
5545      <eref target=""/>:
5546      "OPTIONS * and proxies"
5547    </t>
5548    <t>
5549      <eref target=""/>:
5550      "reason-phrase BNF"
5551    </t>
5552    <t>
5553      <eref target=""/>:
5554      "Use of TEXT"
5555    </t>
5556    <t>
5557      <eref target=""/>:
5558      "Join "Differences Between HTTP Entities and RFC 2045 Entities"?"
5559    </t>
5560    <t>
5561      <eref target=""/>:
5562      "RFC822 reference left in discussion of date formats"
5563    </t>
5564  </list>
5567  Final work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5568  <list style="symbols">
5569    <t>
5570      Rewrite definition of list rules, deprecate empty list elements.
5571    </t>
5572    <t>
5573      Add appendix containing collected and expanded ABNF.
5574    </t>
5575  </list>
5578  Other changes:
5579  <list style="symbols">
5580    <t>
5581      Rewrite introduction; add mostly new Architecture Section.
5582    </t>
5583    <t>
5584      Move definition of quality values from Part 3 into Part 1;
5585      make TE request header field grammar independent of accept-params (defined in Part 3).
5586    </t>
5587  </list>
5591<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-06" anchor="changes.since.06">
5593  Closed issues:
5594  <list style="symbols">
5595    <t>
5596      <eref target=""/>:
5597      "base for numeric protocol elements"
5598    </t>
5599    <t>
5600      <eref target=""/>:
5601      "comment ABNF"
5602    </t>
5603  </list>
5606  Partly resolved issues:
5607  <list style="symbols">
5608    <t>
5609      <eref target=""/>:
5610      "205 Bodies" (took out language that implied that there might be
5611      methods for which a request body MUST NOT be included)
5612    </t>
5613    <t>
5614      <eref target=""/>:
5615      "editorial improvements around HTTP-date"
5616    </t>
5617  </list>
5621<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-07" anchor="changes.since.07">
5623  Closed issues:
5624  <list style="symbols">
5625    <t>
5626      <eref target=""/>:
5627      "Repeating single-value header fields"
5628    </t>
5629    <t>
5630      <eref target=""/>:
5631      "increase connection limit"
5632    </t>
5633    <t>
5634      <eref target=""/>:
5635      "IP addresses in URLs"
5636    </t>
5637    <t>
5638      <eref target=""/>:
5639      "take over HTTP Upgrade Token Registry"
5640    </t>
5641    <t>
5642      <eref target=""/>:
5643      "CR and LF in chunk extension values"
5644    </t>
5645    <t>
5646      <eref target=""/>:
5647      "HTTP/0.9 support"
5648    </t>
5649    <t>
5650      <eref target=""/>:
5651      "pick IANA policy (RFC5226) for Transfer Coding / Content Coding"
5652    </t>
5653    <t>
5654      <eref target=""/>:
5655      "move definitions of gzip/deflate/compress to part 1"
5656    </t>
5657    <t>
5658      <eref target=""/>:
5659      "disallow control characters in quoted-pair"
5660    </t>
5661  </list>
5664  Partly resolved issues:
5665  <list style="symbols">
5666    <t>
5667      <eref target=""/>:
5668      "update IANA requirements wrt Transfer-Coding values" (add the
5669      IANA Considerations subsection)
5670    </t>
5671  </list>
5675<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-08" anchor="changes.since.08">
5677  Closed issues:
5678  <list style="symbols">
5679    <t>
5680      <eref target=""/>:
5681      "header parsing, treatment of leading and trailing OWS"
5682    </t>
5683  </list>
5686  Partly resolved issues:
5687  <list style="symbols">
5688    <t>
5689      <eref target=""/>:
5690      "Placement of 13.5.1 and 13.5.2"
5691    </t>
5692    <t>
5693      <eref target=""/>:
5694      "use of term "word" when talking about header field structure"
5695    </t>
5696  </list>
5700<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-09" anchor="changes.since.09">
5702  Closed issues:
5703  <list style="symbols">
5704    <t>
5705      <eref target=""/>:
5706      "Clarification of the term 'deflate'"
5707    </t>
5708    <t>
5709      <eref target=""/>:
5710      "OPTIONS * and proxies"
5711    </t>
5712    <t>
5713      <eref target=""/>:
5714      "MIME-Version not listed in P1, general header fields"
5715    </t>
5716    <t>
5717      <eref target=""/>:
5718      "IANA registry for content/transfer encodings"
5719    </t>
5720    <t>
5721      <eref target=""/>:
5722      "Case-sensitivity of HTTP-date"
5723    </t>
5724    <t>
5725      <eref target=""/>:
5726      "use of term "word" when talking about header field structure"
5727    </t>
5728  </list>
5731  Partly resolved issues:
5732  <list style="symbols">
5733    <t>
5734      <eref target=""/>:
5735      "Term for the requested resource's URI"
5736    </t>
5737  </list>
5741<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-10" anchor="changes.since.10">
5743  Closed issues:
5744  <list style="symbols">
5745    <t>
5746      <eref target=""/>:
5747      "Connection Closing"
5748    </t>
5749    <t>
5750      <eref target=""/>:
5751      "Delimiting messages with multipart/byteranges"
5752    </t>
5753    <t>
5754      <eref target=""/>:
5755      "Handling multiple Content-Length header fields"
5756    </t>
5757    <t>
5758      <eref target=""/>:
5759      "Clarify entity / representation / variant terminology"
5760    </t>
5761    <t>
5762      <eref target=""/>:
5763      "consider removing the 'changes from 2068' sections"
5764    </t>
5765  </list>
5768  Partly resolved issues:
5769  <list style="symbols">
5770    <t>
5771      <eref target=""/>:
5772      "HTTP(s) URI scheme definitions"
5773    </t>
5774  </list>
5778<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-11" anchor="changes.since.11">
5780  Closed issues:
5781  <list style="symbols">
5782    <t>
5783      <eref target=""/>:
5784      "Trailer requirements"
5785    </t>
5786    <t>
5787      <eref target=""/>:
5788      "Text about clock requirement for caches belongs in p6"
5789    </t>
5790    <t>
5791      <eref target=""/>:
5792      "effective request URI: handling of missing host in HTTP/1.0"
5793    </t>
5794    <t>
5795      <eref target=""/>:
5796      "confusing Date requirements for clients"
5797    </t>
5798  </list>
5801  Partly resolved issues:
5802  <list style="symbols">
5803    <t>
5804      <eref target=""/>:
5805      "Handling multiple Content-Length header fields"
5806    </t>
5807  </list>
5811<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-12" anchor="changes.since.12">
5813  Closed issues:
5814  <list style="symbols">
5815    <t>
5816      <eref target=""/>:
5817      "RFC2145 Normative"
5818    </t>
5819    <t>
5820      <eref target=""/>:
5821      "HTTP(s) URI scheme definitions" (tune the requirements on userinfo)
5822    </t>
5823    <t>
5824      <eref target=""/>:
5825      "define 'transparent' proxy"
5826    </t>
5827    <t>
5828      <eref target=""/>:
5829      "Header Field Classification"
5830    </t>
5831    <t>
5832      <eref target=""/>:
5833      "Is * usable as a request-uri for new methods?"
5834    </t>
5835    <t>
5836      <eref target=""/>:
5837      "Migrate Upgrade details from RFC2817"
5838    </t>
5839    <t>
5840      <eref target=""/>:
5841      "untangle ABNFs for header fields"
5842    </t>
5843    <t>
5844      <eref target=""/>:
5845      "update RFC 2109 reference"
5846    </t>
5847  </list>
5851<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-13" anchor="changes.since.13">
5853  Closed issues:
5854  <list style="symbols">
5855    <t>
5856      <eref target=""/>:
5857      "Allow is not in 13.5.2"
5858    </t>
5859    <t>
5860      <eref target=""/>:
5861      "Handling multiple Content-Length header fields"
5862    </t>
5863    <t>
5864      <eref target=""/>:
5865      "untangle ABNFs for header fields"
5866    </t>
5867    <t>
5868      <eref target=""/>:
5869      "Content-Length ABNF broken"
5870    </t>
5871  </list>
5875<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-14" anchor="changes.since.14">
5877  Closed issues:
5878  <list style="symbols">
5879    <t>
5880      <eref target=""/>:
5881      "HTTP-version should be redefined as fixed length pair of DIGIT . DIGIT"
5882    </t>
5883    <t>
5884      <eref target=""/>:
5885      "Recommend minimum sizes for protocol elements"
5886    </t>
5887    <t>
5888      <eref target=""/>:
5889      "Set expectations around buffering"
5890    </t>
5891    <t>
5892      <eref target=""/>:
5893      "Considering messages in isolation"
5894    </t>
5895  </list>
5899<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-15" anchor="changes.since.15">
5901  Closed issues:
5902  <list style="symbols">
5903    <t>
5904      <eref target=""/>:
5905      "DNS Spoofing / DNS Binding advice"
5906    </t>
5907    <t>
5908      <eref target=""/>:
5909      "move RFCs 2145, 2616, 2817 to Historic status"
5910    </t>
5911    <t>
5912      <eref target=""/>:
5913      "\-escaping in quoted strings"
5914    </t>
5915    <t>
5916      <eref target=""/>:
5917      "'Close' should be reserved in the HTTP header field registry"
5918    </t>
5919  </list>
5923<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-16" anchor="changes.since.16">
5925  Closed issues:
5926  <list style="symbols">
5927    <t>
5928      <eref target=""/>:
5929      "Document HTTP's error-handling philosophy"
5930    </t>
5931    <t>
5932      <eref target=""/>:
5933      "Explain header field registration"
5934    </t>
5935    <t>
5936      <eref target=""/>:
5937      "Revise Acknowledgements Sections"
5938    </t>
5939    <t>
5940      <eref target=""/>:
5941      "Retrying Requests"
5942    </t>
5943    <t>
5944      <eref target=""/>:
5945      "Closing the connection on server error"
5946    </t>
5947  </list>
5951<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-17" anchor="changes.since.17">
5953  Closed issues:
5954  <list style="symbols">
5955    <t>
5956      <eref target=""/>:
5957      "Proxy-Connection and Keep-Alive"
5958    </t>
5959    <t>
5960      <eref target=""/>:
5961      "Clarify 'User Agent'"
5962    </t>
5963    <t>
5964      <eref target=""/>:
5965      "Define non-final responses"
5966    </t>
5967    <t>
5968      <eref target=""/>:
5969      "intended maturity level vs normative references"
5970    </t>
5971    <t>
5972      <eref target=""/>:
5973      "Intermediary rewriting of queries"
5974    </t>
5975  </list>
5979<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-18" anchor="changes.since.18">
5981  Closed issues:
5982  <list style="symbols">
5983    <t>
5984      <eref target=""/>:
5985      "message-body in CONNECT response"
5986    </t>
5987    <t>
5988      <eref target=""/>:
5989      "Misplaced text on connection handling in p2"
5990    </t>
5991    <t>
5992      <eref target=""/>:
5993      "wording of line folding rule"
5994    </t>
5995    <t>
5996      <eref target=""/>:
5997      "chunk-extensions"
5998    </t>
5999    <t>
6000      <eref target=""/>:
6001      "make IANA policy definitions consistent"
6002    </t>
6003  </list>
6007<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-19" anchor="changes.since.19">
6009  Closed issues:
6010  <list style="symbols">
6011    <t>
6012      <eref target=""/>:
6013      "make IANA policy definitions consistent"
6014    </t>
6015    <t>
6016      <eref target=""/>:
6017      "clarify connection header field values are case-insensitive"
6018    </t>
6019    <t>
6020      <eref target=""/>:
6021      "ABNF requirements for recipients"
6022    </t>
6023    <t>
6024      <eref target=""/>:
6025      "note introduction of new IANA registries as normative changes"
6026    </t>
6027  </list>
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