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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 "September">
16  <!ENTITY ID-YEAR "2009">
17  <!ENTITY caching-overview       "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#caching.overview' xmlns:x=''/>">
18  <!ENTITY payload                "<xref target='Part3' xmlns:x=''/>">
19  <!ENTITY media-types            "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#media.types' xmlns:x=''/>">
20  <!ENTITY content-codings        "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#content.codings' xmlns:x=''/>">
21  <!ENTITY CONNECT                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#CONNECT' xmlns:x=''/>">
22  <!ENTITY content.negotiation    "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#content.negotiation' xmlns:x=''/>">
23  <!ENTITY diff2045entity         "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#differences.between.http.entities.and.rfc.2045.entities' xmlns:x=''/>">
24  <!ENTITY entity                 "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity' xmlns:x=''/>">
25  <!ENTITY entity-body            "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity.body' xmlns:x=''/>">
26  <!ENTITY entity-header-fields   "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity.header.fields' xmlns:x=''/>">
27  <!ENTITY header-cache-control   "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.cache-control' xmlns:x=''/>">
28  <!ENTITY header-expect          "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.expect' xmlns:x=''/>">
29  <!ENTITY header-pragma          "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.pragma' xmlns:x=''/>">
30  <!ENTITY header-warning         "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.warning' xmlns:x=''/>">
31  <!ENTITY idempotent-methods     "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#idempotent.methods' xmlns:x=''/>">
32  <!ENTITY request-header-fields  "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#request.header.fields' xmlns:x=''/>">
33  <!ENTITY response-header-fields "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#response.header.fields' xmlns:x=''/>">
34  <!ENTITY status-codes           "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='' xmlns:x=''/>">
35  <!ENTITY status-100             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.100' xmlns:x=''/>">
36  <!ENTITY status-1xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.1xx' xmlns:x=''/>">
37  <!ENTITY status-414             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.414' xmlns:x=''/>">
39<?rfc toc="yes" ?>
40<?rfc symrefs="yes" ?>
41<?rfc sortrefs="yes" ?>
42<?rfc compact="yes"?>
43<?rfc subcompact="no" ?>
44<?rfc linkmailto="no" ?>
45<?rfc editing="no" ?>
46<?rfc comments="yes"?>
47<?rfc inline="yes"?>
48<?rfc-ext allow-markup-in-artwork="yes" ?>
49<?rfc-ext include-references-in-index="yes" ?>
50<rfc obsoletes="2616" updates="2817" category="std" x:maturity-level="draft"
51     ipr="pre5378Trust200902" docName="draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-&ID-VERSION;"
52     xmlns:x=''>
55  <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1, Part 1">HTTP/1.1, part 1: URIs, Connections, and Message Parsing</title>
57  <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
58    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
59    <address>
60      <postal>
61        <street>23 Corporate Plaza DR, Suite 280</street>
62        <city>Newport Beach</city>
63        <region>CA</region>
64        <code>92660</code>
65        <country>USA</country>
66      </postal>
67      <phone>+1-949-706-5300</phone>
68      <facsimile>+1-949-706-5305</facsimile>
69      <email></email>
70      <uri></uri>
71    </address>
72  </author>
74  <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
75    <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
76    <address>
77      <postal>
78        <street>21 Oak Knoll Road</street>
79        <city>Carlisle</city>
80        <region>MA</region>
81        <code>01741</code>
82        <country>USA</country>
83      </postal>
84      <email></email>
85      <uri></uri>
86    </address>
87  </author>
89  <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
90    <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
91    <address>
92      <postal>
93        <street>HP Labs, Large Scale Systems Group</street>
94        <street>1501 Page Mill Road, MS 1177</street>
95        <city>Palo Alto</city>
96        <region>CA</region>
97        <code>94304</code>
98        <country>USA</country>
99      </postal>
100      <email></email>
101    </address>
102  </author>
104  <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
105    <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
106    <address>
107      <postal>
108        <street>1 Microsoft Way</street>
109        <city>Redmond</city>
110        <region>WA</region>
111        <code>98052</code>
112        <country>USA</country>
113      </postal>
114      <email></email>
115    </address>
116  </author>
118  <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
119    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
120    <address>
121      <postal>
122        <street>345 Park Ave</street>
123        <city>San Jose</city>
124        <region>CA</region>
125        <code>95110</code>
126        <country>USA</country>
127      </postal>
128      <email></email>
129      <uri></uri>
130    </address>
131  </author>
133  <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
134    <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
135    <address>
136      <postal>
137        <street>1 Microsoft Way</street>
138        <city>Redmond</city>
139        <region>WA</region>
140        <code>98052</code>
141      </postal>
142      <email></email>
143    </address>
144  </author>
146  <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
147    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
148    <address>
149      <postal>
150        <street>MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory</street>
151        <street>The Stata Center, Building 32</street>
152        <street>32 Vassar Street</street>
153        <city>Cambridge</city>
154        <region>MA</region>
155        <code>02139</code>
156        <country>USA</country>
157      </postal>
158      <email></email>
159      <uri></uri>
160    </address>
161  </author>
163  <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
164    <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
165    <address>
166      <postal>
167        <street>W3C / ERCIM</street>
168        <street>2004, rte des Lucioles</street>
169        <city>Sophia-Antipolis</city>
170        <region>AM</region>
171        <code>06902</code>
172        <country>France</country>
173      </postal>
174      <email></email>
175      <uri></uri>
176    </address>
177  </author>
179  <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
180    <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
181    <address>
182      <postal>
183        <street>Hafenweg 16</street>
184        <city>Muenster</city><region>NW</region><code>48155</code>
185        <country>Germany</country>
186      </postal>
187      <phone>+49 251 2807760</phone>
188      <facsimile>+49 251 2807761</facsimile>
189      <email></email>
190      <uri></uri>
191    </address>
192  </author>
194  <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
195  <workgroup>HTTPbis Working Group</workgroup>
199   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
200   protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypertext information
201   systems. HTTP has been in use by the World Wide Web global information
202   initiative since 1990. This document is Part 1 of the seven-part specification
203   that defines the protocol referred to as "HTTP/1.1" and, taken together,
204   obsoletes RFC 2616.  Part 1 provides an overview of HTTP and
205   its associated terminology, defines the "http" and "https" Uniform
206   Resource Identifier (URI) schemes, defines the generic message syntax
207   and parsing requirements for HTTP message frames, and describes
208   general security concerns for implementations.
212<note title="Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)">
213  <t>
214    Discussion of this draft should take place on the HTTPBIS working group
215    mailing list ( The current issues list is
216    at <eref target=""/>
217    and related documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at
218    <eref target=""/>.
219  </t>
220  <t>
221    The changes in this draft are summarized in <xref target="changes.since.07"/>.
222  </t>
226<section title="Introduction" anchor="introduction">
228   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
229   request/response protocol that uses extensible semantics and MIME-like
230   message payloads for flexible interaction with network-based hypertext
231   information systems. HTTP relies upon the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
232   standard <xref target="RFC3986"/> to indicate request targets and
233   relationships between resources.
234   Messages are passed in a format similar to that used by Internet mail
235   <xref target="RFC5322"/> and the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
236   (MIME) <xref target="RFC2045"/> (see &diff2045entity; for the differences
237   between HTTP and MIME messages).
240   HTTP is a generic interface protocol for information systems. It is
241   designed to hide the details of how a service is implemented by presenting
242   a uniform interface to clients that is independent of the types of
243   resources provided. Likewise, servers do not need to be aware of each
244   client's purpose: an HTTP request can be considered in isolation rather
245   than being associated with a specific type of client or a predetermined
246   sequence of application steps. The result is a protocol that can be used
247   effectively in many different contexts and for which implementations can
248   evolve independently over time.
251   HTTP is also designed for use as a generic protocol for translating
252   communication to and from other Internet information systems.
253   HTTP proxies and gateways provide access to alternative information
254   services by translating their diverse protocols into a hypertext
255   format that can be viewed and manipulated by clients in the same way
256   as HTTP services.
259   One consequence of HTTP flexibility is that the protocol cannot be
260   defined in terms of what occurs behind the interface. Instead, we
261   are limited to defining the syntax of communication, the intent
262   of received communication, and the expected behavior of recipients.
263   If the communication is considered in isolation, then successful
264   actions should be reflected in corresponding changes to the
265   observable interface provided by servers. However, since multiple
266   clients may act in parallel and perhaps at cross-purposes, we
267   cannot require that such changes be observable beyond the scope
268   of a single response.
271   This document is Part 1 of the seven-part specification of HTTP,
272   defining the protocol referred to as "HTTP/1.1" and obsoleting
273   <xref target="RFC2616"/>.
274   Part 1 describes the architectural elements that are used or
275   referred to in HTTP, defines the "http" and "https" URI schemes,
276   describes overall network operation and connection management,
277   and defines HTTP message framing and forwarding requirements.
278   Our goal is to define all of the mechanisms necessary for HTTP message
279   handling that are independent of message semantics, thereby defining the
280   complete set of requirements for message parsers and
281   message-forwarding intermediaries.
284<section title="Requirements" anchor="intro.requirements">
286   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
287   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
288   document are to be interpreted as described in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
291   An implementation is not compliant if it fails to satisfy one or more
292   of the &MUST; or &REQUIRED; level requirements for the protocols it
293   implements. An implementation that satisfies all the &MUST; or &REQUIRED;
294   level and all the &SHOULD; level requirements for its protocols is said
295   to be "unconditionally compliant"; one that satisfies all the &MUST;
296   level requirements but not all the &SHOULD; level requirements for its
297   protocols is said to be "conditionally compliant."
301<section title="Syntax Notation" anchor="notation">
302<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ALPHA"/>
303<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CR"/>
304<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CRLF"/>
305<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CTL"/>
306<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DIGIT"/>
307<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DQUOTE"/>
308<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HEXDIG"/>
309<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="LF"/>
310<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="OCTET"/>
311<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="SP"/>
312<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="VCHAR"/>
313<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="WSP"/>
315   This specification uses the Augmented Backus-Naur Form (ABNF) notation
316   of <xref target="RFC5234"/>.
318<t anchor="core.rules">
319  <x:anchor-alias value="ALPHA"/>
320  <x:anchor-alias value="CTL"/>
321  <x:anchor-alias value="CR"/>
322  <x:anchor-alias value="CRLF"/>
323  <x:anchor-alias value="DIGIT"/>
324  <x:anchor-alias value="DQUOTE"/>
325  <x:anchor-alias value="HEXDIG"/>
326  <x:anchor-alias value="LF"/>
327  <x:anchor-alias value="OCTET"/>
328  <x:anchor-alias value="SP"/>
329  <x:anchor-alias value="VCHAR"/>
330  <x:anchor-alias value="WSP"/>
331   The following core rules are included by
332   reference, as defined in <xref target="RFC5234" x:fmt="," x:sec="B.1"/>:
333   ALPHA (letters), CR (carriage return), CRLF (CR LF), CTL (controls),
334   DIGIT (decimal 0-9), DQUOTE (double quote),
335   HEXDIG (hexadecimal 0-9/A-F/a-f), LF (line feed),
336   OCTET (any 8-bit sequence of data), SP (space),
337   VCHAR (any visible <xref target="USASCII"/> character),
338   and WSP (whitespace).
341<section title="ABNF Extension: #rule" anchor="notation.abnf">
342  <t>
343    One extension to the ABNF rules of <xref target="RFC5234"/> is used to
344    improve readability.
345  </t>
346  <t>
347    A construct "#" is defined, similar to "*", for defining lists of
348    elements. The full form is "&lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element" indicating at least
349    &lt;n&gt; and at most &lt;m&gt; elements, each separated by a single comma
350    (",") and optional whitespace (OWS).   
351  </t>
352  <figure><preamble>
353    Thus,
354</preamble><artwork type="example">
355  1#element =&gt; element *( OWS "," OWS element )
357  <figure><preamble>
358    and:
359</preamble><artwork type="example">
360  #element =&gt; [ 1#element ]
362  <figure><preamble>
363    and for n &gt;= 1 and m &gt; 1:
364</preamble><artwork type="example">
365  &lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element =&gt; element &lt;n-1&gt;*&lt;m-1&gt;( OWS "," OWS element )
367  <t>
368    For compatibility with legacy list rules, recipients &SHOULD; accept empty
369    list elements. In other words, consumers would follow the list productions:
370  </t>
371<figure><artwork type="example">
372  #element =&gt; [ ( "," / element ) *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] ) ]
374  1#element =&gt; *( "," OWS ) element *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] )
377  <xref target="collected.abnf"/> shows the collected ABNF, with the list rules
378  expanded as explained above.
382<section title="Basic Rules" anchor="basic.rules">
383<t anchor="rule.CRLF">
384  <x:anchor-alias value="CRLF"/>
385   HTTP/1.1 defines the sequence CR LF as the end-of-line marker for all
386   protocol elements except the entity-body (see <xref target="tolerant.applications"/> for
387   tolerant applications). The end-of-line marker within an entity-body
388   is defined by its associated media type, as described in &media-types;.
390<t anchor="rule.LWS">
391   This specification uses three rules to denote the use of linear
392   whitespace: OWS (optional whitespace), RWS (required whitespace), and
393   BWS ("bad" whitespace).
396   The OWS rule is used where zero or more linear whitespace characters may
397   appear. OWS &SHOULD; either not be produced or be produced as a single SP
398   character. Multiple OWS characters that occur within field-content &SHOULD;
399   be replaced with a single SP before interpreting the field value or
400   forwarding the message downstream.
403   RWS is used when at least one linear whitespace character is required to
404   separate field tokens. RWS &SHOULD; be produced as a single SP character.
405   Multiple RWS characters that occur within field-content &SHOULD; be
406   replaced with a single SP before interpreting the field value or
407   forwarding the message downstream.
410   BWS is used where the grammar allows optional whitespace for historical
411   reasons but senders &SHOULD-NOT; produce it in messages. HTTP/1.1
412   recipients &MUST; accept such bad optional whitespace and remove it before
413   interpreting the field value or forwarding the message downstream.
415<t anchor="rule.whitespace">
416  <x:anchor-alias value="BWS"/>
417  <x:anchor-alias value="OWS"/>
418  <x:anchor-alias value="RWS"/>
419  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-fold"/>
421<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"/>
422  <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>            = *( [ obs-fold ] <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> )
423                 ; "optional" whitespace
424  <x:ref>RWS</x:ref>            = 1*( [ obs-fold ] <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> )
425                 ; "required" whitespace
426  <x:ref>BWS</x:ref>            = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>
427                 ; "bad" whitespace
428  <x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref>       = <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
429                 ; see <xref target="header.fields"/>
431<t anchor="rule.token.separators">
432  <x:anchor-alias value="tchar"/>
433  <x:anchor-alias value="token"/>
434   Many HTTP/1.1 header field values consist of words separated by whitespace
435   or special characters. These special characters &MUST; be in a quoted
436   string to be used within a parameter value (as defined in
437   <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
439<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="token"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="tchar"/>
440  <x:ref>tchar</x:ref>          = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*"
441                 / "+" / "-" / "." / "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~"
442                 / <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> / <x:ref>ALPHA</x:ref>
444  <x:ref>token</x:ref>          = 1*<x:ref>tchar</x:ref>
446<t anchor="rule.quoted-string">
447  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-string"/>
448  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext"/>
449  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-text"/>
450   A string of text is parsed as a single word if it is quoted using
451   double-quote marks.
453<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"/>
454  <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>
455  <x:ref>qdtext</x:ref>         = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / %x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
456                 ; <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / &lt;<x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> except <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> and "\"&gt; / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
457  <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>       = %x80-FF
459<t anchor="rule.quoted-pair">
460  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-pair"/>
461   The backslash character ("\") can be used as a single-character
462   quoting mechanism only within quoted-string constructs:
464<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-pair"/>
465  <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref>    = "\" ( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
468   Producers &SHOULD-NOT; escape characters that do not require escaping
469   (DQUOTE and the backslash character).
473<section title="ABNF Rules defined in other Parts of the Specification" anchor="abnf.dependencies">
474  <x:anchor-alias value="request-header"/>
475  <x:anchor-alias value="response-header"/>
476  <x:anchor-alias value="entity-body"/>
477  <x:anchor-alias value="entity-header"/>
478  <x:anchor-alias value="Cache-Control"/>
479  <x:anchor-alias value="Pragma"/>
480  <x:anchor-alias value="Warning"/>
482  The ABNF rules below are defined in other parts:
484<figure><!-- Part2--><artwork type="abnf2616">
485  <x:ref>request-header</x:ref>  = &lt;request-header, defined in &request-header-fields;&gt;
486  <x:ref>response-header</x:ref> = &lt;response-header, defined in &response-header-fields;&gt;
488<figure><!-- Part3--><artwork type="abnf2616">
489  <x:ref>entity-body</x:ref>     = &lt;entity-body, defined in &entity-body;&gt;
490  <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref>   = &lt;entity-header, defined in &entity-header-fields;&gt;
492<figure><!-- Part6--><artwork type="abnf2616">
493  <x:ref>Cache-Control</x:ref>   = &lt;Cache-Control, defined in &header-pragma;&gt;
494  <x:ref>Pragma</x:ref>          = &lt;Pragma, defined in &header-pragma;&gt;
495  <x:ref>Warning</x:ref>         = &lt;Warning, defined in &header-warning;&gt;
502<section title="HTTP architecture" anchor="architecture">
504   HTTP was created for the World Wide Web architecture
505   and has evolved over time to support the scalability needs of a worldwide
506   hypertext system. Much of that architecture is reflected in the terminology
507   and syntax productions used to define HTTP.
510<section title="Client/Server Operation" anchor="operation">
511<iref item="client"/>
512<iref item="server"/>
513<iref item="connection"/>
515   HTTP is a request/response protocol that operates by exchanging messages
516   across a reliable transport or session-layer connection. An HTTP client
517   is a program that establishes a connection to a server for the purpose
518   of sending one or more HTTP requests.  An HTTP server is a program that
519   accepts connections in order to service HTTP requests by sending HTTP
520   responses.
522<iref item="user agent"/>
523<iref item="origin server"/>
525   Note that the terms "client" and "server" refer only to the roles that
526   these programs perform for a particular connection.  The same program
527   may act as a client on some connections and a server on others.  We use
528   the term "user agent" to refer to the program that initiates a request,
529   such as a WWW browser, editor, or spider (web-traversing robot), and
530   the term "origin server" to refer to the program that can originate
531   authoritative responses to a request.
534   Most HTTP communication consists of a retrieval request (GET) for
535   a representation of some resource identified by a URI.  In the
536   simplest case, this may be accomplished via a single connection (v)
537   between the user agent (UA) and the origin server (O).
539<figure><artwork type="drawing">
540       request chain ------------------------&gt;
541    UA -------------------v------------------- O
542       &lt;----------------------- response chain
544<iref item="message"/>
545<iref item="request"/>
546<iref item="response"/>
548   A client sends an HTTP request to the server in the form of a request
549   message (<xref target="request"/>), beginning with a method, URI, and
550   protocol version, followed by MIME-like header fields containing
551   request modifiers, client information, and payload metadata, an empty
552   line to indicate the end of the header section, and finally the payload
553   body (if any).
556   A server responds to the client's request by sending an HTTP response
557   message (<xref target="response"/>), beginning with a status line that
558   includes the protocol version, a success or error code, and textual
559   reason phrase, followed by MIME-like header fields containing server
560   information, resource metadata, and payload metadata, an empty line to
561   indicate the end of the header section, and finally the payload body (if any).
564   The following example illustrates a typical message exchange for a
565   GET request on the URI "":
568client request:
569</preamble><artwork  type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
570GET /hello.txt HTTP/1.1
571User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3
573Accept: */*
577server response:
578</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;response&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
579HTTP/1.1 200 OK
580Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:28:53 GMT
581Server: Apache
582Last-Modified: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:15:56 GMT
583ETag: "34aa387-d-1568eb00"
584Accept-Ranges: bytes
585Content-Length: <x:length-of target="exbody"/>
586Vary: Accept-Encoding
587Content-Type: text/plain
589<x:span anchor="exbody">Hello World!
593<section title="Intermediaries" anchor="intermediaries">
595   A more complicated situation occurs when one or more intermediaries
596   are present in the request/response chain. There are three common
597   forms of intermediary: proxy, gateway, and tunnel.  In some cases,
598   a single intermediary may act as an origin server, proxy, gateway,
599   or tunnel, switching behavior based on the nature of each request.
601<figure><artwork type="drawing">
602       request chain --------------------------------------&gt;
603    UA -----v----- A -----v----- B -----v----- C -----v----- O
604       &lt;------------------------------------- response chain
607   The figure above shows three intermediaries (A, B, and C) between the
608   user agent and origin server. A request or response message that
609   travels the whole chain will pass through four separate connections.
610   Some HTTP communication options
611   may apply only to the connection with the nearest, non-tunnel
612   neighbor, only to the end-points of the chain, or to all connections
613   along the chain. Although the diagram is linear, each participant may
614   be engaged in multiple, simultaneous communications. For example, B
615   may be receiving requests from many clients other than A, and/or
616   forwarding requests to servers other than C, at the same time that it
617   is handling A's request.
620<iref item="upstream"/><iref item="downstream"/>
621<iref item="inbound"/><iref item="outbound"/>
622   We use the terms "upstream" and "downstream" to describe various
623   requirements in relation to the directional flow of a message:
624   all messages flow from upstream to downstream.
625   Likewise, we use the terms "inbound" and "outbound" to refer to
626   directions in relation to the request path: "inbound" means toward
627   the origin server and "outbound" means toward the user agent.
629<t><iref item="proxy"/>
630   A proxy is a message forwarding agent that is selected by the
631   client, usually via local configuration rules, to receive requests
632   for some type(s) of absolute URI and attempt to satisfy those
633   requests via translation through the HTTP interface.  Some translations
634   are minimal, such as for proxy requests for "http" URIs, whereas
635   other requests may require translation to and from entirely different
636   application-layer protocols. Proxies are often used to group an
637   organization's HTTP requests through a common intermediary for the
638   sake of security, annotation services, or shared caching.
640<t><iref item="gateway"/><iref item="reverse proxy"/>
641   A gateway (a.k.a., reverse proxy) is a receiving agent that acts
642   as a layer above some other server(s) and translates the received
643   requests to the underlying server's protocol.  Gateways are often
644   used for load balancing or partitioning HTTP services across
645   multiple machines.
646   Unlike a proxy, a gateway receives requests as if it were the
647   origin server for the requested resource; the requesting client
648   will not be aware that it is communicating with a gateway.
649   A gateway communicates with the client as if the gateway is the
650   origin server and thus is subject to all of the requirements on
651   origin servers for that connection.  A gateway communicates
652   with inbound servers using any protocol it desires, including
653   private extensions to HTTP that are outside the scope of this
654   specification.
656<t><iref item="tunnel"/>
657   A tunnel acts as a blind relay between two connections
658   without changing the messages. Once active, a tunnel is not
659   considered a party to the HTTP communication, though the tunnel may
660   have been initiated by an HTTP request. A tunnel ceases to exist when
661   both ends of the relayed connection are closed. Tunnels are used to
662   extend a virtual connection through an intermediary, such as when
663   transport-layer security is used to establish private communication
664   through a shared firewall proxy.
668<section title="Caches" anchor="caches">
669<iref item="cache"/>
671   Any party to HTTP communication that is not acting as a tunnel may
672   employ an internal cache for handling requests.
673   A cache is a local store of previous response messages and the
674   subsystem that controls its message storage, retrieval, and deletion.
675   A cache stores cacheable responses in order to reduce the response
676   time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent
677   requests. Any client or server may include a cache, though a cache
678   cannot be used by a server while it is acting as a tunnel.
681   The effect of a cache is that the request/response chain is shortened
682   if one of the participants along the chain has a cached response
683   applicable to that request. The following illustrates the resulting
684   chain if B has a cached copy of an earlier response from O (via C)
685   for a request which has not been cached by UA or A.
687<figure><artwork type="drawing">
688          request chain ----------&gt;
689       UA -----v----- A -----v----- B - - - - - - C - - - - - - O
690          &lt;--------- response chain
692<t><iref item="cacheable"/>
693   A response is cacheable if a cache is allowed to store a copy of
694   the response message for use in answering subsequent requests.
695   Even when a response is cacheable, there may be additional
696   constraints placed by the client or by the origin server on when
697   that cached response can be used for a particular request. HTTP
698   requirements for cache behavior and cacheable responses are
699   defined in &caching-overview;. 
702   There are a wide variety of architectures and configurations
703   of caches and proxies deployed across the World Wide Web and
704   inside large organizations. These systems include national hierarchies
705   of proxy caches to save transoceanic bandwidth, systems that
706   broadcast or multicast cache entries, organizations that distribute
707   subsets of cached data via optical media, and so on.
711<section title="Transport Independence" anchor="transport-independence">
713  HTTP systems are used in a wide variety of environments, from
714  corporate intranets with high-bandwidth links to long-distance
715  communication over low-power radio links and intermittent connectivity.
718   HTTP communication usually takes place over TCP/IP connections. The
719   default port is TCP 80 (<eref target=""/>), but other ports can be used. This does
720   not preclude HTTP from being implemented on top of any other protocol
721   on the Internet, or on other networks. HTTP only presumes a reliable
722   transport; any protocol that provides such guarantees can be used;
723   the mapping of the HTTP/1.1 request and response structures onto the
724   transport data units of the protocol in question is outside the scope
725   of this specification.
728   In HTTP/1.0, most implementations used a new connection for each
729   request/response exchange. In HTTP/1.1, a connection may be used for
730   one or more request/response exchanges, although connections may be
731   closed for a variety of reasons (see <xref target="persistent.connections"/>).
735<section title="HTTP Version" anchor="http.version">
736  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-Version"/>
737  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-Prot-Name"/>
739   HTTP uses a "&lt;major&gt;.&lt;minor&gt;" numbering scheme to indicate versions
740   of the protocol. The protocol versioning policy is intended to allow
741   the sender to indicate the format of a message and its capacity for
742   understanding further HTTP communication, rather than the features
743   obtained via that communication. No change is made to the version
744   number for the addition of message components which do not affect
745   communication behavior or which only add to extensible field values.
746   The &lt;minor&gt; number is incremented when the changes made to the
747   protocol add features which do not change the general message parsing
748   algorithm, but which may add to the message semantics and imply
749   additional capabilities of the sender. The &lt;major&gt; number is
750   incremented when the format of a message within the protocol is
751   changed. See <xref target="RFC2145"/> for a fuller explanation.
754   The version of an HTTP message is indicated by an HTTP-Version field
755   in the first line of the message. HTTP-Version is case-sensitive.
757<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-Version"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-Prot-Name"/>
758  <x:ref>HTTP-Version</x:ref>   = <x:ref>HTTP-Prot-Name</x:ref> "/" 1*<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> "." 1*<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
759  <x:ref>HTTP-Prot-Name</x:ref> = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"HTTP"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "HTTP", case-sensitive
762   Note that the major and minor numbers &MUST; be treated as separate
763   integers and that each &MAY; be incremented higher than a single digit.
764   Thus, HTTP/2.4 is a lower version than HTTP/2.13, which in turn is
765   lower than HTTP/12.3. Leading zeros &MUST; be ignored by recipients and
766   &MUST-NOT; be sent.
769   An application that sends a request or response message that includes
770   HTTP-Version of "HTTP/1.1" &MUST; be at least conditionally compliant
771   with this specification. Applications that are at least conditionally
772   compliant with this specification &SHOULD; use an HTTP-Version of
773   "HTTP/1.1" in their messages, and &MUST; do so for any message that is
774   not compatible with HTTP/1.0. For more details on when to send
775   specific HTTP-Version values, see <xref target="RFC2145"/>.
778   The HTTP version of an application is the highest HTTP version for
779   which the application is at least conditionally compliant.
782   Proxy and gateway applications need to be careful when forwarding
783   messages in protocol versions different from that of the application.
784   Since the protocol version indicates the protocol capability of the
785   sender, a proxy/gateway &MUST-NOT; send a message with a version
786   indicator which is greater than its actual version. If a higher
787   version request is received, the proxy/gateway &MUST; either downgrade
788   the request version, or respond with an error, or switch to tunnel
789   behavior.
792   Due to interoperability problems with HTTP/1.0 proxies discovered
793   since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068"/>, caching proxies &MUST;, gateways
794   &MAY;, and tunnels &MUST-NOT; upgrade the request to the highest version
795   they support. The proxy/gateway's response to that request &MUST; be in
796   the same major version as the request.
799  <t>
800    <x:h>Note:</x:h> Converting between versions of HTTP may involve modification
801    of header fields required or forbidden by the versions involved.
802  </t>
806<section title="Uniform Resource Identifiers" anchor="uri">
807<iref primary="true" item="resource"/>
809   Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) <xref target="RFC3986"/> are used
810   throughout HTTP as the means for identifying resources. URI references
811   are used to target requests, indicate redirects, and define relationships.
812   HTTP does not limit what a resource may be; it merely defines an interface
813   that can be used to interact with a resource via HTTP. More information on
814   the scope of URIs and resources can be found in <xref target="RFC3986"/>.
816  <x:anchor-alias value="URI"/>
817  <x:anchor-alias value="URI-reference"/>
818  <x:anchor-alias value="absolute-URI"/>
819  <x:anchor-alias value="relative-part"/>
820  <x:anchor-alias value="authority"/>
821  <x:anchor-alias value="path-abempty"/>
822  <x:anchor-alias value="path-absolute"/>
823  <x:anchor-alias value="port"/>
824  <x:anchor-alias value="query"/>
825  <x:anchor-alias value="uri-host"/>
826  <x:anchor-alias value="partial-URI"/>
828   This specification adopts the definitions of "URI-reference",
829   "absolute-URI", "relative-part", "port", "host",
830   "path-abempty", "path-absolute", "query", and "authority" from
831   <xref target="RFC3986"/>. In addition, we define a partial-URI rule for
832   protocol elements that allow a relative URI without a fragment.
834<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="URI-reference"/><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"/>
835  <x:ref>URI</x:ref>           = &lt;URI, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3"/>&gt;
836  <x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.1"/>&gt;
837  <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>  = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.3"/>&gt;
838  <x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.2"/>&gt;
839  <x:ref>authority</x:ref>     = &lt;authority, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2"/>&gt;
840  <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref>  = &lt;path-abempty, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
841  <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
842  <x:ref>port</x:ref>          = &lt;port, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.3"/>&gt;
843  <x:ref>query</x:ref>         = &lt;query, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.4"/>&gt;
844  <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref>      = &lt;host, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>&gt;
846  <x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref>   = relative-part [ "?" query ]
849   Each protocol element in HTTP that allows a URI reference will indicate in
850   its ABNF production whether the element allows only a URI in absolute form
851   (absolute-URI), any relative reference (relative-ref), or some other subset
852   of the URI-reference grammar. Unless otherwise indicated, URI references
853   are parsed relative to the request target (the default base URI for both
854   the request and its corresponding response).
857<section title="http URI scheme" anchor="http.uri">
858  <x:anchor-alias value="http-URI"/>
859  <iref item="http URI scheme" primary="true"/>
860  <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="http" primary="true"/>
862   The "http" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
863   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
864   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
865   TCP connections on a given port.
866   The HTTP server is identified via the generic syntax's
867   <x:ref>authority</x:ref> component, which includes a host
868   identifier and optional TCP port, and the remainder of the URI is
869   considered to be identifying data corresponding to a resource for
870   which that server might provide an HTTP interface.
872<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="http-URI"/>
873  <x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
876   The host identifier within an <x:ref>authority</x:ref> component is
877   defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>.  If host is
878   provided as an IP literal or IPv4 address, then the HTTP server is any
879   listener on the indicated TCP port at that IP address. If host is a
880   registered name, then that name is considered an indirect identifier
881   and the recipient might use a name resolution service, such as DNS,
882   to find the address of a listener for that host.
883   The host &MUST-NOT; be empty; if an "http" URI is received with an
884   empty host, then it &MUST; be rejected as invalid.
885   If the port subcomponent is empty or not given, then TCP port 80 is
886   assumed (the default reserved port for WWW services).
889   Regardless of the form of host identifier, access to that host is not
890   implied by the mere presence of its name or address. The host may or may
891   not exist and, even when it does exist, may or may not be running an
892   HTTP server or listening to the indicated port. The "http" URI scheme
893   makes use of the delegated nature of Internet names and addresses to
894   establish a naming authority (whatever entity has the ability to place
895   an HTTP server at that Internet name or address) and allows that
896   authority to determine which names are valid and how they might be used.
899   When an "http" URI is used within a context that calls for access to the
900   indicated resource, a client &MAY; attempt access by resolving
901   the host to an IP address, establishing a TCP connection to that address
902   on the indicated port, and sending an HTTP request message to the server
903   containing the URI's identifying data as described in <xref target="request"/>.
904   If the server responds to that request with a non-interim HTTP response
905   message, as described in <xref target="response"/>, then that response
906   is considered an authoritative answer to the client's request.
909   Although HTTP is independent of the transport protocol, the "http"
910   scheme is specific to TCP-based services because the name delegation
911   process depends on TCP for establishing authority.
912   An HTTP service based on some other underlying connection protocol
913   would presumably be identified using a different URI scheme, just as
914   the "https" scheme (below) is used for servers that require an SSL/TLS
915   transport layer on a connection. Other protocols may also be used to
916   provide access to "http" identified resources --- it is only the
917   authoritative interface used for mapping the namespace that is
918   specific to TCP.
922<section title="https URI scheme" anchor="https.uri">
923   <x:anchor-alias value="https-URI"/>
924   <iref item="https URI scheme"/>
925   <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="https"/>
927   The "https" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
928   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
929   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
930   SSL/TLS-secured connections on a given TCP port.
931   The host and port are determined in the same way
932   as for the "http" scheme, except that a default TCP port of 443
933   is assumed if the port subcomponent is empty or not given.
935<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="https-URI"/>
936  <x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
939   The primary difference between the "http" and "https" schemes is
940   that interaction with the latter is required to be secured for
941   privacy through the use of strong encryption. The URI cannot be
942   sent in a request until the connection is secure. Likewise, the
943   default for caching is that each response that would be considered
944   "public" under the "http" scheme is instead treated as "private"
945   and thus not eligible for shared caching.
948   The process for authoritative access to an "https" identified
949   resource is defined in <xref target="RFC2818"/>.
953<section title="http and https URI Normalization and Comparison" anchor="uri.comparison">
955   Since the "http" and "https" schemes conform to the URI generic syntax,
956   such URIs are normalized and compared according to the algorithm defined
957   in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>, using the defaults
958   described above for each scheme.
961   If the port is equal to the default port for a scheme, the normal
962   form is to elide the port subcomponent. Likewise, an empty path
963   component is equivalent to an absolute path of "/", so the normal
964   form is to provide a path of "/" instead. The scheme and host
965   are case-insensitive and normally provided in lowercase; all
966   other components are compared in a case-sensitive manner.
967   Characters other than those in the "reserved" set are equivalent
968   to their percent-encoded octets (see <xref target="RFC3986"
969   x:fmt="," x:sec="2.1"/>): the normal form is to not encode them.
972   For example, the following three URIs are equivalent:
974<figure><artwork type="example">
980   <cref>[[This paragraph does not belong here. --Roy]]</cref>
981   If path-abempty is the empty string (i.e., there is no slash "/"
982   path separator following the authority), then the "http" URI
983   &MUST; be given as "/" when
984   used as a request-target (<xref target="request-target"/>). If a proxy
985   receives a host name which is not a fully qualified domain name, it
986   &MAY; add its domain to the host name it received. If a proxy receives
987   a fully qualified domain name, the proxy &MUST-NOT; change the host
988   name.
994<section title="HTTP Message" anchor="http.message">
995<x:anchor-alias value="generic-message"/>
996<x:anchor-alias value="message.types"/>
997<x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-message"/>
998<x:anchor-alias value="start-line"/>
999<iref item="header section"/>
1000<iref item="headers"/>
1001<iref item="header field"/>
1003   All HTTP/1.1 messages consist of a start-line followed by a sequence of
1004   characters in a format similar to the Internet Message Format
1005   <xref target="RFC5322"/>: zero or more header fields (collectively
1006   referred to as the "headers" or the "header section"), an empty line
1007   indicating the end of the header section, and an optional message-body.
1010   An HTTP message can either be a request from client to server or a
1011   response from server to client.  Syntactically, the two types of message
1012   differ only in the start-line, which is either a Request-Line (for requests)
1013   or a Status-Line (for responses), and in the algorithm for determining
1014   the length of the message-body (<xref target="message.length"/>).
1015   In theory, a client could receive requests and a server could receive
1016   responses, distinguishing them by their different start-line formats,
1017   but in practice servers are implemented to only expect a request
1018   (a response is interpreted as an unknown or invalid request method)
1019   and clients are implemented to only expect a response.
1021<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-message"/>
1022  <x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref>    = <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>
1023                    *( <x:ref>header-field</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1024                    <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1025                    [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]
1026  <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>      = <x:ref>Request-Line</x:ref> / <x:ref>Status-Line</x:ref>
1029   Whitespace (WSP) &MUST-NOT; be sent between the start-line and the first
1030   header field. The presence of whitespace might be an attempt to trick a
1031   noncompliant implementation of HTTP into ignoring that field or processing
1032   the next line as a new request, either of which may result in security
1033   issues when implementations within the request chain interpret the
1034   same message differently. HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; reject such a message
1035   with a 400 (Bad Request) response.
1038<section title="Message Parsing Robustness" anchor="message.robustness">
1040   In the interest of robustness, servers &SHOULD; ignore at least one
1041   empty line received where a Request-Line is expected. In other words, if
1042   the server is reading the protocol stream at the beginning of a
1043   message and receives a CRLF first, it should ignore the CRLF.
1046   Some old HTTP/1.0 client implementations generate an extra CRLF
1047   after a POST request as a lame workaround for some early server
1048   applications that failed to read message-body content that was
1049   not terminated by a line-ending. An HTTP/1.1 client &MUST-NOT;
1050   preface or follow a request with an extra CRLF.  If terminating
1051   the request message-body with a line-ending is desired, then the
1052   client &MUST; include the terminating CRLF octets as part of the
1053   message-body length.
1056   The normal procedure for parsing an HTTP message is to read the
1057   start-line into a structure, read each header field into a hash
1058   table by field name until the empty line, and then use the parsed
1059   data to determine if a message-body is expected.  If a message-body
1060   has been indicated, then it is read as a stream until an amount
1061   of OCTETs equal to the message-length is read or the connection
1062   is closed.  Care must be taken to parse an HTTP message as a sequence
1063   of OCTETs in an encoding that is a superset of US-ASCII.  Attempting
1064   to parse HTTP as a stream of Unicode characters in a character encoding
1065   like UTF-16 may introduce security flaws due to the differing ways
1066   that such parsers interpret invalid characters.
1070<section title="Header Fields" anchor="header.fields">
1071  <x:anchor-alias value="header-field"/>
1072  <x:anchor-alias value="field-content"/>
1073  <x:anchor-alias value="field-name"/>
1074  <x:anchor-alias value="field-value"/>
1075  <x:anchor-alias value="OWS"/>
1077   Each HTTP header field consists of a case-insensitive field name
1078   followed by a colon (":"), optional whitespace, and the field value.
1080<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"/>
1081  <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>OWS</x:ref>
1082  <x:ref>field-name</x:ref>     = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1083  <x:ref>field-value</x:ref>    = *( <x:ref>field-content</x:ref> / <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> )
1084  <x:ref>field-content</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1087   No whitespace is allowed between the header field name and colon. For
1088   security reasons, any request message received containing such whitespace
1089   &MUST; be rejected with a response code of 400 (Bad Request). A proxy
1090   &MUST; remove any such whitespace from a response message before
1091   forwarding the message downstream.
1094   A field value &MAY; be preceded by optional whitespace (OWS); a single SP is
1095   preferred. The field value does not include any leading or trailing white
1096   space: OWS occurring before the first non-whitespace character of the
1097   field value or after the last non-whitespace character of the field value
1098   is ignored and &SHOULD; be removed without changing the meaning of the header
1099   field.
1102   The order in which header fields with differing field names are
1103   received is not significant. However, it is "good practice" to send
1104   header fields that contain control data first, such as Host on
1105   requests and Date on responses, so that implementations can decide
1106   when not to handle a message as early as possible.  A server &MUST;
1107   wait until the entire header section is received before interpreting
1108   a request message, since later header fields might include conditionals,
1109   authentication credentials, or deliberately misleading duplicate
1110   header fields that would impact request processing.
1113   Multiple header fields with the same field name &MUST-NOT; be
1114   sent in a message unless the entire field value for that
1115   header field is defined as a comma-separated list [i.e., #(values)].
1116   Multiple header fields with the same field name can be combined into
1117   one "field-name: field-value" pair, without changing the semantics of the
1118   message, by appending each subsequent field value to the combined
1119   field value in order, separated by a comma. The order in which
1120   header fields with the same field name are received is therefore
1121   significant to the interpretation of the combined field value;
1122   a proxy &MUST-NOT; change the order of these field values when
1123   forwarding a message.
1126  <t>
1127   <x:h>Note:</x:h> the "Set-Cookie" header as implemented in
1128   practice (as opposed to how it is specified in <xref target="RFC2109"/>)
1129   can occur multiple times, but does not use the list syntax, and thus cannot
1130   be combined into a single line. (See Appendix A.2.3 of <xref target="Kri2001"/>
1131   for details.) Also note that the Set-Cookie2 header specified in
1132   <xref target="RFC2965"/> does not share this problem.
1133  </t>
1136   Historically, HTTP header field values could be extended over multiple
1137   lines by preceding each extra line with at least one space or horizontal
1138   tab character (line folding). This specification deprecates such line
1139   folding except within the message/http media type
1140   (<xref target=""/>).
1141   HTTP/1.1 senders &MUST-NOT; produce messages that include line folding
1142   (i.e., that contain any field-content that matches the obs-fold rule) unless
1143   the message is intended for packaging within the message/http media type.
1144   HTTP/1.1 recipients &SHOULD; accept line folding and replace any embedded
1145   obs-fold whitespace with a single SP prior to interpreting the field value
1146   or forwarding the message downstream.
1149   Historically, HTTP has allowed field content with text in the ISO-8859-1
1150   <xref target="ISO-8859-1"/> character encoding and supported other
1151   character sets only through use of <xref target="RFC2047"/> encoding.
1152   In practice, most HTTP header field values use only a subset of the
1153   US-ASCII character encoding <xref target="USASCII"/>. Newly defined
1154   header fields &SHOULD; limit their field values to US-ASCII characters.
1155   Recipients &SHOULD; treat other (obs-text) octets in field content as
1156   opaque data.
1158<t anchor="rule.comment">
1159  <x:anchor-alias value="comment"/>
1160  <x:anchor-alias value="ctext"/>
1161   Comments can be included in some HTTP header fields by surrounding
1162   the comment text with parentheses. Comments are only allowed in
1163   fields containing "comment" as part of their field value definition.
1165<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="comment"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ctext"/>
1166  <x:ref>comment</x:ref>        = "(" *( <x:ref>ctext</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> / <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ) ")"
1167  <x:ref>ctext</x:ref>          = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / %x21-27 / %x2A-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1168                 ; <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / &lt;<x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> except "(", ")", and "\"&gt; / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1170<t anchor="rule.quoted-cpair">
1171  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-cpair"/>
1172   The backslash character ("\") can be used as a single-character
1173   quoting mechanism only within comment constructs:
1175<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-cpair"/>
1176  <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref>    = "\" ( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1179   Producers &SHOULD-NOT; escape characters that do not require escaping
1180   (the backslash character "\" and the parentheses "(" and ")").
1184<section title="Message Body" anchor="message.body">
1185  <x:anchor-alias value="message-body"/>
1187   The message-body (if any) of an HTTP message is used to carry the
1188   entity-body associated with the request or response. The message-body
1189   differs from the entity-body only when a transfer-coding has been
1190   applied, as indicated by the Transfer-Encoding header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>).
1192<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="message-body"/>
1193  <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = <x:ref>entity-body</x:ref>
1194               / &lt;entity-body encoded as per <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>&gt;
1197   Transfer-Encoding &MUST; be used to indicate any transfer-codings
1198   applied by an application to ensure safe and proper transfer of the
1199   message. Transfer-Encoding is a property of the message, not of the
1200   entity, and thus &MAY; be added or removed by any application along the
1201   request/response chain. (However, <xref target="transfer.codings"/> places restrictions on
1202   when certain transfer-codings may be used.)
1205   The rules for when a message-body is allowed in a message differ for
1206   requests and responses.
1209   The presence of a message-body in a request is signaled by the
1210   inclusion of a Content-Length or Transfer-Encoding header field in
1211   the request's header fields.
1212   When a request message contains both a message-body of non-zero
1213   length and a method that does not define any semantics for that
1214   request message-body, then an origin server &SHOULD; either ignore
1215   the message-body or respond with an appropriate error message
1216   (e.g., 413).  A proxy or gateway, when presented the same request,
1217   &SHOULD; either forward the request inbound with the message-body or
1218   ignore the message-body when determining a response.
1221   For response messages, whether or not a message-body is included with
1222   a message is dependent on both the request method and the response
1223   status code (<xref target="status.code.and.reason.phrase"/>). All responses to the HEAD request method
1224   &MUST-NOT; include a message-body, even though the presence of entity-header
1225   fields might lead one to believe they do. All 1xx
1226   (informational), 204 (No Content), and 304 (Not Modified) responses
1227   &MUST-NOT; include a message-body. All other responses do include a
1228   message-body, although it &MAY; be of zero length.
1232<section title="Message Length" anchor="message.length">
1234   The transfer-length of a message is the length of the message-body as
1235   it appears in the message; that is, after any transfer-codings have
1236   been applied. When a message-body is included with a message, the
1237   transfer-length of that body is determined by one of the following
1238   (in order of precedence):
1241  <list style="numbers">
1242    <x:lt><t>
1243     Any response message which "&MUST-NOT;" include a message-body (such
1244     as the 1xx, 204, and 304 responses and any response to a HEAD
1245     request) is always terminated by the first empty line after the
1246     header fields, regardless of the entity-header fields present in
1247     the message.
1248    </t></x:lt>
1249    <x:lt><t>
1250     If a Transfer-Encoding header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>)
1251     is present and the "chunked" transfer-coding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>)
1252     is used, the transfer-length is defined by the use of this transfer-coding.
1253     If a Transfer-Encoding header field is present and the "chunked" transfer-coding
1254     is not present, the transfer-length is defined by the sender closing the connection.
1255    </t></x:lt>
1256    <x:lt><t>
1257     If a Content-Length header field (<xref target="header.content-length"/>) is present, its
1258     value in OCTETs represents both the entity-length and the
1259     transfer-length. The Content-Length header field &MUST-NOT; be sent
1260     if these two lengths are different (i.e., if a Transfer-Encoding
1261     header field is present). If a message is received with both a
1262     Transfer-Encoding header field and a Content-Length header field,
1263     the latter &MUST; be ignored.
1264    </t></x:lt>
1265    <x:lt><t>
1266     If the message uses the media type "multipart/byteranges", and the
1267     transfer-length is not otherwise specified, then this self-delimiting
1268     media type defines the transfer-length. This media type
1269     &MUST-NOT; be used unless the sender knows that the recipient can parse
1270     it; the presence in a request of a Range header with multiple byte-range
1271     specifiers from a 1.1 client implies that the client can parse
1272     multipart/byteranges responses.
1273    <list style="empty"><t>
1274       A range header might be forwarded by a 1.0 proxy that does not
1275       understand multipart/byteranges; in this case the server &MUST;
1276       delimit the message using methods defined in items 1, 3 or 5 of
1277       this section.
1278    </t></list>
1279    </t></x:lt>
1280    <x:lt><t>
1281     By the server closing the connection. (Closing the connection
1282     cannot be used to indicate the end of a request body, since that
1283     would leave no possibility for the server to send back a response.)
1284    </t></x:lt>
1285  </list>
1288   For compatibility with HTTP/1.0 applications, HTTP/1.1 requests
1289   containing a message-body &MUST; include a valid Content-Length header
1290   field unless the server is known to be HTTP/1.1 compliant. If a
1291   request contains a message-body and a Content-Length is not given,
1292   the server &SHOULD; respond with 400 (Bad Request) if it cannot
1293   determine the length of the message, or with 411 (Length Required) if
1294   it wishes to insist on receiving a valid Content-Length.
1297   All HTTP/1.1 applications that receive entities &MUST; accept the
1298   "chunked" transfer-coding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>), thus allowing this mechanism
1299   to be used for messages when the message length cannot be determined
1300   in advance.
1303   Messages &MUST-NOT; include both a Content-Length header field and a
1304   transfer-coding. If the message does include a
1305   transfer-coding, the Content-Length &MUST; be ignored.
1308   When a Content-Length is given in a message where a message-body is
1309   allowed, its field value &MUST; exactly match the number of OCTETs in
1310   the message-body. HTTP/1.1 user agents &MUST; notify the user when an
1311   invalid length is received and detected.
1315<section title="General Header Fields" anchor="general.header.fields">
1316  <x:anchor-alias value="general-header"/>
1318   There are a few header fields which have general applicability for
1319   both request and response messages, but which do not apply to the
1320   entity being transferred. These header fields apply only to the
1321   message being transmitted.
1323<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="general-header"/>
1324  <x:ref>general-header</x:ref> = <x:ref>Cache-Control</x:ref>            ; &header-cache-control;
1325                 / <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>               ; <xref target="header.connection"/>
1326                 / <x:ref>Date</x:ref>                     ; <xref target=""/>
1327                 / <x:ref>Pragma</x:ref>                   ; &header-pragma;
1328                 / <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref>                  ; <xref target="header.trailer"/>
1329                 / <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>        ; <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>
1330                 / <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref>                  ; <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
1331                 / <x:ref>Via</x:ref>                      ; <xref target="header.via"/>
1332                 / <x:ref>Warning</x:ref>                  ; &header-warning;
1335   General-header field names can be extended reliably only in
1336   combination with a change in the protocol version. However, new or
1337   experimental header fields may be given the semantics of general
1338   header fields if all parties in the communication recognize them to
1339   be general-header fields. Unrecognized header fields are treated as
1340   entity-header fields.
1345<section title="Request" anchor="request">
1346  <x:anchor-alias value="Request"/>
1348   A request message from a client to a server includes, within the
1349   first line of that message, the method to be applied to the resource,
1350   the identifier of the resource, and the protocol version in use.
1352<!--                 Host                      ; should be moved here eventually -->
1353<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Request"/>
1354  <x:ref>Request</x:ref>       = <x:ref>Request-Line</x:ref>              ; <xref target="request-line"/>
1355                  *(( <x:ref>general-header</x:ref>        ; <xref target="general.header.fields"/>
1356                   / <x:ref>request-header</x:ref>         ; &request-header-fields;
1357                   / <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> ) <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> ) ; &entity-header-fields;
1358                  <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1359                  [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]          ; <xref target="message.body"/>
1362<section title="Request-Line" anchor="request-line">
1363  <x:anchor-alias value="Request-Line"/>
1365   The Request-Line begins with a method token, followed by the
1366   request-target and the protocol version, and ending with CRLF. The
1367   elements are separated by SP characters. No CR or LF is allowed
1368   except in the final CRLF sequence.
1370<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Request-Line"/>
1371  <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>
1374<section title="Method" anchor="method">
1375  <x:anchor-alias value="Method"/>
1377   The Method  token indicates the method to be performed on the
1378   resource identified by the request-target. The method is case-sensitive.
1380<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Method"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="extension-method"/>
1381  <x:ref>Method</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1385<section title="request-target" anchor="request-target">
1386  <x:anchor-alias value="request-target"/>
1388   The request-target
1389   identifies the resource upon which to apply the request.
1391<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="request-target"/>
1392  <x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = "*"
1393                 / <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>
1394                 / ( <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ] )
1395                 / <x:ref>authority</x:ref>
1398   The four options for request-target are dependent on the nature of the
1399   request. The asterisk "*" means that the request does not apply to a
1400   particular resource, but to the server itself, and is only allowed
1401   when the method used does not necessarily apply to a resource. One
1402   example would be
1404<figure><artwork type="example">
1405  OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
1408   The absolute-URI form is &REQUIRED; when the request is being made to a
1409   proxy. The proxy is requested to forward the request or service it
1410   from a valid cache, and return the response. Note that the proxy &MAY;
1411   forward the request on to another proxy or directly to the server
1412   specified by the absolute-URI. In order to avoid request loops, a
1413   proxy &MUST; be able to recognize all of its server names, including
1414   any aliases, local variations, and the numeric IP address. An example
1415   Request-Line would be:
1417<figure><artwork type="example">
1418  GET HTTP/1.1
1421   To allow for transition to absolute-URIs in all requests in future
1422   versions of HTTP, all HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; accept the absolute-URI
1423   form in requests, even though HTTP/1.1 clients will only generate
1424   them in requests to proxies.
1427   The authority form is only used by the CONNECT method (&CONNECT;).
1430   The most common form of request-target is that used to identify a
1431   resource on an origin server or gateway. In this case the absolute
1432   path of the URI &MUST; be transmitted (see <xref target="http.uri"/>, path-absolute) as
1433   the request-target, and the network location of the URI (authority) &MUST;
1434   be transmitted in a Host header field. For example, a client wishing
1435   to retrieve the resource above directly from the origin server would
1436   create a TCP connection to port 80 of the host "" and send
1437   the lines:
1439<figure><artwork type="example">
1440  GET /pub/WWW/TheProject.html HTTP/1.1
1441  Host:
1444   followed by the remainder of the Request. Note that the absolute path
1445   cannot be empty; if none is present in the original URI, it &MUST; be
1446   given as "/" (the server root).
1449   If a proxy receives a request without any path in the request-target and
1450   the method specified is capable of supporting the asterisk form of
1451   request-target, then the last proxy on the request chain &MUST; forward the
1452   request with "*" as the final request-target.
1455   For example, the request
1456</preamble><artwork type="example">
1457  OPTIONS HTTP/1.1
1460  would be forwarded by the proxy as
1461</preamble><artwork type="example">
1462  OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
1463  Host:
1466   after connecting to port 8001 of host "".
1470   The request-target is transmitted in the format specified in
1471   <xref target="http.uri"/>. If the request-target is percent-encoded
1472   (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="2.1"/>), the origin server
1473   &MUST; decode the request-target in order to
1474   properly interpret the request. Servers &SHOULD; respond to invalid
1475   request-targets with an appropriate status code.
1478   A transparent proxy &MUST-NOT; rewrite the "path-absolute" part of the
1479   received request-target when forwarding it to the next inbound server,
1480   except as noted above to replace a null path-absolute with "/".
1483  <t>
1484    <x:h>Note:</x:h> The "no rewrite" rule prevents the proxy from changing the
1485    meaning of the request when the origin server is improperly using
1486    a non-reserved URI character for a reserved purpose.  Implementors
1487    should be aware that some pre-HTTP/1.1 proxies have been known to
1488    rewrite the request-target.
1489  </t>
1492   HTTP does not place a pre-defined limit on the length of a request-target.
1493   A server &MUST; be prepared to receive URIs of unbounded length and
1494   respond with the 414 (URI Too Long) status if the received
1495   request-target would be longer than the server wishes to handle
1496   (see &status-414;).
1499   Various ad-hoc limitations on request-target length are found in practice.
1500   It is &RECOMMENDED; that all HTTP senders and recipients support
1501   request-target lengths of 8000 or more OCTETs.
1506<section title="The Resource Identified by a Request" anchor="">
1508   The exact resource identified by an Internet request is determined by
1509   examining both the request-target and the Host header field.
1512   An origin server that does not allow resources to differ by the
1513   requested host &MAY; ignore the Host header field value when
1514   determining the resource identified by an HTTP/1.1 request. (But see
1515   <xref target=""/>
1516   for other requirements on Host support in HTTP/1.1.)
1519   An origin server that does differentiate resources based on the host
1520   requested (sometimes referred to as virtual hosts or vanity host
1521   names) &MUST; use the following rules for determining the requested
1522   resource on an HTTP/1.1 request:
1523  <list style="numbers">
1524    <t>If request-target is an absolute-URI, the host is part of the
1525     request-target. Any Host header field value in the request &MUST; be
1526     ignored.</t>
1527    <t>If the request-target is not an absolute-URI, and the request includes
1528     a Host header field, the host is determined by the Host header
1529     field value.</t>
1530    <t>If the host as determined by rule 1 or 2 is not a valid host on
1531     the server, the response &MUST; be a 400 (Bad Request) error message.</t>
1532  </list>
1535   Recipients of an HTTP/1.0 request that lacks a Host header field &MAY;
1536   attempt to use heuristics (e.g., examination of the URI path for
1537   something unique to a particular host) in order to determine what
1538   exact resource is being requested.
1545<section title="Response" anchor="response">
1546  <x:anchor-alias value="Response"/>
1548   After receiving and interpreting a request message, a server responds
1549   with an HTTP response message.
1551<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Response"/>
1552  <x:ref>Response</x:ref>      = <x:ref>Status-Line</x:ref>               ; <xref target="status-line"/>
1553                  *(( <x:ref>general-header</x:ref>        ; <xref target="general.header.fields"/>
1554                   / <x:ref>response-header</x:ref>        ; &response-header-fields;
1555                   / <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> ) <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> ) ; &entity-header-fields;
1556                  <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1557                  [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]          ; <xref target="message.body"/>
1560<section title="Status-Line" anchor="status-line">
1561  <x:anchor-alias value="Status-Line"/>
1563   The first line of a Response message is the Status-Line, consisting
1564   of the protocol version followed by a numeric status code and its
1565   associated textual phrase, with each element separated by SP
1566   characters. No CR or LF is allowed except in the final CRLF sequence.
1568<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Status-Line"/>
1569  <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>
1572<section title="Status Code and Reason Phrase" anchor="status.code.and.reason.phrase">
1573  <x:anchor-alias value="Reason-Phrase"/>
1574  <x:anchor-alias value="Status-Code"/>
1576   The Status-Code element is a 3-digit integer result code of the
1577   attempt to understand and satisfy the request. These codes are fully
1578   defined in &status-codes;.  The Reason Phrase exists for the sole
1579   purpose of providing a textual description associated with the numeric
1580   status code, out of deference to earlier Internet application protocols
1581   that were more frequently used with interactive text clients.
1582   A client &SHOULD; ignore the content of the Reason Phrase.
1585   The first digit of the Status-Code defines the class of response. The
1586   last two digits do not have any categorization role. There are 5
1587   values for the first digit:
1588  <list style="symbols">
1589    <t>
1590      1xx: Informational - Request received, continuing process
1591    </t>
1592    <t>
1593      2xx: Success - The action was successfully received,
1594        understood, and accepted
1595    </t>
1596    <t>
1597      3xx: Redirection - Further action must be taken in order to
1598        complete the request
1599    </t>
1600    <t>
1601      4xx: Client Error - The request contains bad syntax or cannot
1602        be fulfilled
1603    </t>
1604    <t>
1605      5xx: Server Error - The server failed to fulfill an apparently
1606        valid request
1607    </t>
1608  </list>
1610<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Status-Code"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="extension-code"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Reason-Phrase"/>
1611  <x:ref>Status-Code</x:ref>    = 3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1612  <x:ref>Reason-Phrase</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1620<section title="Protocol Parameters" anchor="protocol.parameters">
1622<section title="Date/Time Formats: Full Date" anchor="">
1623  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-date"/>
1625   HTTP applications have historically allowed three different formats
1626   for the representation of date/time stamps:
1628<figure><artwork type="example">
1629  Sun, 06 Nov 1994 08:49:37 GMT  ; RFC 1123
1630  Sunday, 06-Nov-94 08:49:37 GMT ; obsolete RFC 850 format
1631  Sun Nov  6 08:49:37 1994       ; ANSI C's asctime() format
1634   The first format is preferred as an Internet standard and represents
1635   a fixed-length subset of that defined by <xref target="RFC1123"/>. The
1636   other formats are described here only for
1637   compatibility with obsolete implementations.
1638   HTTP/1.1 clients and servers that parse the date value &MUST; accept
1639   all three formats (for compatibility with HTTP/1.0), though they &MUST;
1640   only generate the RFC 1123 format for representing HTTP-date values
1641   in header fields. See <xref target="tolerant.applications"/> for further information.
1644   All HTTP date/time stamps &MUST; be represented in Greenwich Mean Time
1645   (GMT), without exception. For the purposes of HTTP, GMT is exactly
1646   equal to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). This is indicated in the
1647   first two formats by the inclusion of "GMT" as the three-letter
1648   abbreviation for time zone, and &MUST; be assumed when reading the
1649   asctime format. HTTP-date is case sensitive and &MUST-NOT; include
1650   additional whitespace beyond that specifically included as SP in the
1651   grammar.
1653<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-date"/>
1654  <x:ref>HTTP-date</x:ref>    = <x:ref>rfc1123-date</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-date</x:ref>
1656<t anchor="">
1657  <x:anchor-alias value="rfc1123-date"/>
1658  <x:anchor-alias value="time-of-day"/>
1659  <x:anchor-alias value="hour"/>
1660  <x:anchor-alias value="minute"/>
1661  <x:anchor-alias value="second"/>
1662  <x:anchor-alias value="day-name"/>
1663  <x:anchor-alias value="day"/>
1664  <x:anchor-alias value="month"/>
1665  <x:anchor-alias value="year"/>
1666  <x:anchor-alias value="GMT"/>
1667  Preferred format:
1669<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="rfc1123-date"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="date1"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="time-of-day"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="hour"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="minute"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="second"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="day-name"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="day-name-l"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="day"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="month"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="year"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="GMT"/>
1670  <x:ref>rfc1123-date</x:ref> = <x:ref>day-name</x:ref> "," <x:ref>SP</x:ref> date1 <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>GMT</x:ref>
1672  <x:ref>day-name</x:ref>     = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Mon"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Mon", case-sensitive
1673               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Tue"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Tue", case-sensitive
1674               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Wed"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Wed", case-sensitive
1675               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Thu"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Thu", case-sensitive
1676               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Fri"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Fri", case-sensitive
1677               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sat"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sat", case-sensitive
1678               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sun"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sun", case-sensitive
1680  <x:ref>date1</x:ref>        = <x:ref>day</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>month</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>year</x:ref>
1681               ; e.g., 02 Jun 1982
1683  <x:ref>day</x:ref>          = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1684  <x:ref>month</x:ref>        = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Jan"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Jan", case-sensitive
1685               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Feb"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Feb", case-sensitive
1686               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Mar"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Mar", case-sensitive
1687               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Apr"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Apr", case-sensitive
1688               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"May"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "May", case-sensitive
1689               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Jun"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Jun", case-sensitive
1690               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Jul"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Jul", case-sensitive
1691               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Aug"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Aug", case-sensitive
1692               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sep"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sep", case-sensitive
1693               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Oct"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Oct", case-sensitive
1694               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Nov"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Nov", case-sensitive
1695               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Dec"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Dec", case-sensitive
1696  <x:ref>year</x:ref>         = 4<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1698  <x:ref>GMT</x:ref>   = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"GMT"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "GMT", case-sensitive
1700  <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref>  = <x:ref>hour</x:ref> ":" <x:ref>minute</x:ref> ":" <x:ref>second</x:ref>
1701                 ; 00:00:00 - 23:59:59
1703  <x:ref>hour</x:ref>         = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>               
1704  <x:ref>minute</x:ref>       = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>               
1705  <x:ref>second</x:ref>       = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>               
1708  The semantics of <x:ref>day-name</x:ref>, <x:ref>day</x:ref>,
1709  <x:ref>month</x:ref>, <x:ref>year</x:ref>, and <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> are the
1710  same as those defined for the RFC 5322 constructs
1711  with the corresponding name (<xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>).
1713<t anchor="">
1714  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-date"/>
1715  <x:anchor-alias value="rfc850-date"/>
1716  <x:anchor-alias value="asctime-date"/>
1717  <x:anchor-alias value="date1"/>
1718  <x:anchor-alias value="date2"/>
1719  <x:anchor-alias value="date3"/>
1720  <x:anchor-alias value="rfc1123-date"/>
1721  <x:anchor-alias value="day-name-l"/>
1722  Obsolete formats:
1724<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="obs-date"/>
1725  <x:ref>obs-date</x:ref>     = <x:ref>rfc850-date</x:ref> / <x:ref>asctime-date</x:ref>
1727<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="rfc850-date"/>
1728  <x:ref>rfc850-date</x:ref>  = <x:ref>day-name-l</x:ref> "," <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>date2</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>GMT</x:ref>
1729  <x:ref>date2</x:ref>        = <x:ref>day</x:ref> "-" <x:ref>month</x:ref> "-" 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1730                 ; day-month-year (e.g., 02-Jun-82)
1732  <x:ref>day-name-l</x:ref>   = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Monday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Monday", case-sensitive
1733         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Tuesday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Tuesday", case-sensitive
1734         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Wednesday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Wednesday", case-sensitive
1735         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Thursday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Thursday", case-sensitive
1736         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Friday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Friday", case-sensitive
1737         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Saturday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Saturday", case-sensitive
1738         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sunday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sunday", case-sensitive
1740<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="asctime-date"/>
1741  <x:ref>asctime-date</x:ref> = <x:ref>day-name</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>date3</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> <x:ref>year</x:ref>
1742  <x:ref>date3</x:ref>        = <x:ref>month</x:ref> <x:ref>SP</x:ref> ( 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> / ( <x:ref>SP</x:ref> 1<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> ))
1743                 ; month day (e.g., Jun  2)
1746  <t>
1747    <x:h>Note:</x:h> Recipients of date values are encouraged to be robust in
1748    accepting date values that may have been sent by non-HTTP
1749    applications, as is sometimes the case when retrieving or posting
1750    messages via proxies/gateways to SMTP or NNTP.
1751  </t>
1754  <t>
1755    <x:h>Note:</x:h> HTTP requirements for the date/time stamp format apply only
1756    to their usage within the protocol stream. Clients and servers are
1757    not required to use these formats for user presentation, request
1758    logging, etc.
1759  </t>
1763<section title="Transfer Codings" anchor="transfer.codings">
1764  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-coding"/>
1765  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-extension"/>
1767   Transfer-coding values are used to indicate an encoding
1768   transformation that has been, can be, or may need to be applied to an
1769   entity-body in order to ensure "safe transport" through the network.
1770   This differs from a content coding in that the transfer-coding is a
1771   property of the message, not of the original entity.
1773<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-coding"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-extension"/>
1774  <x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>         = "chunked" ; <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
1775                          / "compress" ; <xref target="compress.coding"/>
1776                          / "deflate" ; <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
1777                          / "gzip" ; <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
1778                          / <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref>
1779  <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> )
1781<t anchor="rule.parameter">
1782  <x:anchor-alias value="attribute"/>
1783  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-parameter"/>
1784  <x:anchor-alias value="value"/>
1785   Parameters are in  the form of attribute/value pairs.
1787<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"/>
1788  <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>
1789  <x:ref>attribute</x:ref>               = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1790  <x:ref>value</x:ref>                   = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>
1793   All transfer-coding values are case-insensitive. HTTP/1.1 uses
1794   transfer-coding values in the TE header field (<xref target="header.te"/>) and in
1795   the Transfer-Encoding header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>).
1798   Whenever a transfer-coding is applied to a message-body, the set of
1799   transfer-codings &MUST; include "chunked", unless the message indicates it
1800   is terminated by closing the connection. When the "chunked" transfer-coding
1801   is used, it &MUST; be the last transfer-coding applied to the
1802   message-body. The "chunked" transfer-coding &MUST-NOT; be applied more
1803   than once to a message-body. These rules allow the recipient to
1804   determine the transfer-length of the message (<xref target="message.length"/>).
1807   Transfer-codings are analogous to the Content-Transfer-Encoding values of
1808   MIME, which were designed to enable safe transport of binary data over a
1809   7-bit transport service (<xref target="RFC2045" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>).
1810   However, safe transport
1811   has a different focus for an 8bit-clean transfer protocol. In HTTP,
1812   the only unsafe characteristic of message-bodies is the difficulty in
1813   determining the exact body length (<xref target="message.length"/>), or the desire to
1814   encrypt data over a shared transport.
1817   A server which receives an entity-body with a transfer-coding it does
1818   not understand &SHOULD; return 501 (Not Implemented), and close the
1819   connection. A server &MUST-NOT; send transfer-codings to an HTTP/1.0
1820   client.
1823<section title="Chunked Transfer Coding" anchor="chunked.encoding">
1824  <iref item="chunked (Coding Format)"/>
1825  <iref item="Coding Format" subitem="chunked"/>
1826  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk"/>
1827  <x:anchor-alias value="Chunked-Body"/>
1828  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-data"/>
1829  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext"/>
1830  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-name"/>
1831  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-val"/>
1832  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-size"/>
1833  <x:anchor-alias value="last-chunk"/>
1834  <x:anchor-alias value="trailer-part"/>
1836   The chunked encoding modifies the body of a message in order to
1837   transfer it as a series of chunks, each with its own size indicator,
1838   followed by an &OPTIONAL; trailer containing entity-header fields. This
1839   allows dynamically produced content to be transferred along with the
1840   information necessary for the recipient to verify that it has
1841   received the full message.
1843<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Chunked-Body"/><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"/>
1844  <x:ref>Chunked-Body</x:ref>   = *<x:ref>chunk</x:ref>
1845                   <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>
1846                   <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>
1847                   <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1849  <x:ref>chunk</x:ref>          = <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> *WSP [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1850                   <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1851  <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>HEXDIG</x:ref>
1852  <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>     = 1*("0") *WSP [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1854  <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref>      = *( ";" *WSP <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref>
1855                      [ "=" <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> ] *WSP )
1856  <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1857  <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref>  = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>
1858  <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>OCTET</x:ref> ; a sequence of chunk-size octets
1859  <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>   = *( <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1862   The chunk-size field is a string of hex digits indicating the size of
1863   the chunk-data in octets. The chunked encoding is ended by any chunk whose size is
1864   zero, followed by the trailer, which is terminated by an empty line.
1867   The trailer allows the sender to include additional HTTP header
1868   fields at the end of the message. The Trailer header field can be
1869   used to indicate which header fields are included in a trailer (see
1870   <xref target="header.trailer"/>).
1873   A server using chunked transfer-coding in a response &MUST-NOT; use the
1874   trailer for any header fields unless at least one of the following is
1875   true:
1876  <list style="numbers">
1877    <t>the request included a TE header field that indicates "trailers" is
1878     acceptable in the transfer-coding of the  response, as described in
1879     <xref target="header.te"/>; or,</t>
1881    <t>the server is the origin server for the response, the trailer
1882     fields consist entirely of optional metadata, and the recipient
1883     could use the message (in a manner acceptable to the origin server)
1884     without receiving this metadata.  In other words, the origin server
1885     is willing to accept the possibility that the trailer fields might
1886     be silently discarded along the path to the client.</t>
1887  </list>
1890   This requirement prevents an interoperability failure when the
1891   message is being received by an HTTP/1.1 (or later) proxy and
1892   forwarded to an HTTP/1.0 recipient. It avoids a situation where
1893   compliance with the protocol would have necessitated a possibly
1894   infinite buffer on the proxy.
1897   A process for decoding the "chunked" transfer-coding
1898   can be represented in pseudo-code as:
1900<figure><artwork type="code">
1901  length := 0
1902  read chunk-size, chunk-ext (if any) and CRLF
1903  while (chunk-size &gt; 0) {
1904     read chunk-data and CRLF
1905     append chunk-data to entity-body
1906     length := length + chunk-size
1907     read chunk-size and CRLF
1908  }
1909  read entity-header
1910  while (entity-header not empty) {
1911     append entity-header to existing header fields
1912     read entity-header
1913  }
1914  Content-Length := length
1915  Remove "chunked" from Transfer-Encoding
1918   All HTTP/1.1 applications &MUST; be able to receive and decode the
1919   "chunked" transfer-coding, and &MUST; ignore chunk-ext extensions
1920   they do not understand.
1924<section title="Compression Codings" anchor="compression.codings">
1926   The codings defined below can be used to compress the payload of a
1927   message.
1930   <x:h>Note:</x:h> Use of program names for the identification of encoding formats
1931   is not desirable and is discouraged for future encodings. Their
1932   use here is representative of historical practice, not good
1933   design.
1936   <x:h>Note:</x:h> For compatibility with previous implementations of HTTP,
1937   applications &SHOULD; consider "x-gzip" and "x-compress" to be
1938   equivalent to "gzip" and "compress" respectively.
1941<section title="Compress Coding" anchor="compress.coding">
1942<iref item="compress (Coding Format)"/>
1943<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="compress"/>
1945   The "compress" format is produced by the common UNIX file compression
1946   program "compress". This format is an adaptive Lempel-Ziv-Welch
1947   coding (LZW).
1951<section title="Deflate Coding" anchor="deflate.coding">
1952<iref item="deflate (Coding Format)"/>
1953<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="deflate"/>
1955   The "zlib" format is defined in <xref target="RFC1950"/> in combination with
1956   the "deflate" compression mechanism described in <xref target="RFC1951"/>.
1960<section title="Gzip Coding" anchor="gzip.coding">
1961<iref item="gzip (Coding Format)"/>
1962<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="gzip"/>
1964   The "gzip" format is produced by the file compression program
1965   "gzip" (GNU zip), as described in <xref target="RFC1952"/>. This format is a
1966   Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77) with a 32 bit CRC.
1972<section title="Transfer Coding Registry" anchor="transfer.coding.registry">
1974   The HTTP Transfer Coding Registry defines the name space for the transfer
1975   coding names.
1978   Registrations &MUST; include the following fields:
1979   <list style="symbols">
1980     <t>Name</t>
1981     <t>Description</t>
1982     <t>Pointer to specification text</t>
1983   </list>
1986   Values to be added to this name space require expert review and a specification
1987   (see "Expert Review" and "Specification Required" in
1988   <xref target="RFC5226" x:fmt="of" x:sec="4.1"/>), and &MUST;
1989   conform to the purpose of transfer coding defined in this section.
1992   The registry itself is maintained at
1993   <eref target=""/>.
1998<section title="Product Tokens" anchor="product.tokens">
1999  <x:anchor-alias value="product"/>
2000  <x:anchor-alias value="product-version"/>
2002   Product tokens are used to allow communicating applications to
2003   identify themselves by software name and version. Most fields using
2004   product tokens also allow sub-products which form a significant part
2005   of the application to be listed, separated by whitespace. By
2006   convention, the products are listed in order of their significance
2007   for identifying the application.
2009<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="product"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="product-version"/>
2010  <x:ref>product</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref> ["/" <x:ref>product-version</x:ref>]
2011  <x:ref>product-version</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2014   Examples:
2016<figure><artwork type="example">
2017  User-Agent: CERN-LineMode/2.15 libwww/2.17b3
2018  Server: Apache/0.8.4
2021   Product tokens &SHOULD; be short and to the point. They &MUST-NOT; be
2022   used for advertising or other non-essential information. Although any
2023   token character &MAY; appear in a product-version, this token &SHOULD;
2024   only be used for a version identifier (i.e., successive versions of
2025   the same product &SHOULD; only differ in the product-version portion of
2026   the product value).
2030<section title="Quality Values" anchor="quality.values">
2031  <x:anchor-alias value="qvalue"/>
2033   Both transfer codings (TE request header, <xref target="header.te"/>)
2034   and content negotiation (&content.negotiation;) use short "floating point"
2035   numbers to indicate the relative importance ("weight") of various
2036   negotiable parameters.  A weight is normalized to a real number in
2037   the range 0 through 1, where 0 is the minimum and 1 the maximum
2038   value. If a parameter has a quality value of 0, then content with
2039   this parameter is `not acceptable' for the client. HTTP/1.1
2040   applications &MUST-NOT; generate more than three digits after the
2041   decimal point. User configuration of these values &SHOULD; also be
2042   limited in this fashion.
2044<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qvalue"/>
2045  <x:ref>qvalue</x:ref>         = ( "0" [ "." 0*3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> ] )
2046                 / ( "1" [ "." 0*3("0") ] )
2049  <t>
2050     <x:h>Note:</x:h> "Quality values" is a misnomer, since these values merely represent
2051     relative degradation in desired quality.
2052  </t>
2058<section title="Connections" anchor="connections">
2060<section title="Persistent Connections" anchor="persistent.connections">
2062<section title="Purpose" anchor="persistent.purpose">
2064   Prior to persistent connections, a separate TCP connection was
2065   established to fetch each URL, increasing the load on HTTP servers
2066   and causing congestion on the Internet. The use of inline images and
2067   other associated data often require a client to make multiple
2068   requests of the same server in a short amount of time. Analysis of
2069   these performance problems and results from a prototype
2070   implementation are available <xref target="Pad1995"/> <xref target="Spe"/>. Implementation experience and
2071   measurements of actual HTTP/1.1 implementations show good
2072   results <xref target="Nie1997"/>. Alternatives have also been explored, for example,
2073   T/TCP <xref target="Tou1998"/>.
2076   Persistent HTTP connections have a number of advantages:
2077  <list style="symbols">
2078      <t>
2079        By opening and closing fewer TCP connections, CPU time is saved
2080        in routers and hosts (clients, servers, proxies, gateways,
2081        tunnels, or caches), and memory used for TCP protocol control
2082        blocks can be saved in hosts.
2083      </t>
2084      <t>
2085        HTTP requests and responses can be pipelined on a connection.
2086        Pipelining allows a client to make multiple requests without
2087        waiting for each response, allowing a single TCP connection to
2088        be used much more efficiently, with much lower elapsed time.
2089      </t>
2090      <t>
2091        Network congestion is reduced by reducing the number of packets
2092        caused by TCP opens, and by allowing TCP sufficient time to
2093        determine the congestion state of the network.
2094      </t>
2095      <t>
2096        Latency on subsequent requests is reduced since there is no time
2097        spent in TCP's connection opening handshake.
2098      </t>
2099      <t>
2100        HTTP can evolve more gracefully, since errors can be reported
2101        without the penalty of closing the TCP connection. Clients using
2102        future versions of HTTP might optimistically try a new feature,
2103        but if communicating with an older server, retry with old
2104        semantics after an error is reported.
2105      </t>
2106    </list>
2109   HTTP implementations &SHOULD; implement persistent connections.
2113<section title="Overall Operation" anchor="persistent.overall">
2115   A significant difference between HTTP/1.1 and earlier versions of
2116   HTTP is that persistent connections are the default behavior of any
2117   HTTP connection. That is, unless otherwise indicated, the client
2118   &SHOULD; assume that the server will maintain a persistent connection,
2119   even after error responses from the server.
2122   Persistent connections provide a mechanism by which a client and a
2123   server can signal the close of a TCP connection. This signaling takes
2124   place using the Connection header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>). Once a close
2125   has been signaled, the client &MUST-NOT; send any more requests on that
2126   connection.
2129<section title="Negotiation" anchor="persistent.negotiation">
2131   An HTTP/1.1 server &MAY; assume that a HTTP/1.1 client intends to
2132   maintain a persistent connection unless a Connection header including
2133   the connection-token "close" was sent in the request. If the server
2134   chooses to close the connection immediately after sending the
2135   response, it &SHOULD; send a Connection header including the
2136   connection-token close.
2139   An HTTP/1.1 client &MAY; expect a connection to remain open, but would
2140   decide to keep it open based on whether the response from a server
2141   contains a Connection header with the connection-token close. In case
2142   the client does not want to maintain a connection for more than that
2143   request, it &SHOULD; send a Connection header including the
2144   connection-token close.
2147   If either the client or the server sends the close token in the
2148   Connection header, that request becomes the last one for the
2149   connection.
2152   Clients and servers &SHOULD-NOT;  assume that a persistent connection is
2153   maintained for HTTP versions less than 1.1 unless it is explicitly
2154   signaled. See <xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections"/> for more information on backward
2155   compatibility with HTTP/1.0 clients.
2158   In order to remain persistent, all messages on the connection &MUST;
2159   have a self-defined message length (i.e., one not defined by closure
2160   of the connection), as described in <xref target="message.length"/>.
2164<section title="Pipelining" anchor="pipelining">
2166   A client that supports persistent connections &MAY; "pipeline" its
2167   requests (i.e., send multiple requests without waiting for each
2168   response). A server &MUST; send its responses to those requests in the
2169   same order that the requests were received.
2172   Clients which assume persistent connections and pipeline immediately
2173   after connection establishment &SHOULD; be prepared to retry their
2174   connection if the first pipelined attempt fails. If a client does
2175   such a retry, it &MUST-NOT; pipeline before it knows the connection is
2176   persistent. Clients &MUST; also be prepared to resend their requests if
2177   the server closes the connection before sending all of the
2178   corresponding responses.
2181   Clients &SHOULD-NOT;  pipeline requests using non-idempotent methods or
2182   non-idempotent sequences of methods (see &idempotent-methods;). Otherwise, a
2183   premature termination of the transport connection could lead to
2184   indeterminate results. A client wishing to send a non-idempotent
2185   request &SHOULD; wait to send that request until it has received the
2186   response status for the previous request.
2191<section title="Proxy Servers" anchor="persistent.proxy">
2193   It is especially important that proxies correctly implement the
2194   properties of the Connection header field as specified in <xref target="header.connection"/>.
2197   The proxy server &MUST; signal persistent connections separately with
2198   its clients and the origin servers (or other proxy servers) that it
2199   connects to. Each persistent connection applies to only one transport
2200   link.
2203   A proxy server &MUST-NOT; establish a HTTP/1.1 persistent connection
2204   with an HTTP/1.0 client (but see <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>
2205   for information and discussion of the problems with the Keep-Alive header
2206   implemented by many HTTP/1.0 clients).
2210<section title="Practical Considerations" anchor="persistent.practical">
2212   Servers will usually have some time-out value beyond which they will
2213   no longer maintain an inactive connection. Proxy servers might make
2214   this a higher value since it is likely that the client will be making
2215   more connections through the same server. The use of persistent
2216   connections places no requirements on the length (or existence) of
2217   this time-out for either the client or the server.
2220   When a client or server wishes to time-out it &SHOULD; issue a graceful
2221   close on the transport connection. Clients and servers &SHOULD; both
2222   constantly watch for the other side of the transport close, and
2223   respond to it as appropriate. If a client or server does not detect
2224   the other side's close promptly it could cause unnecessary resource
2225   drain on the network.
2228   A client, server, or proxy &MAY; close the transport connection at any
2229   time. For example, a client might have started to send a new request
2230   at the same time that the server has decided to close the "idle"
2231   connection. From the server's point of view, the connection is being
2232   closed while it was idle, but from the client's point of view, a
2233   request is in progress.
2236   This means that clients, servers, and proxies &MUST; be able to recover
2237   from asynchronous close events. Client software &SHOULD; reopen the
2238   transport connection and retransmit the aborted sequence of requests
2239   without user interaction so long as the request sequence is
2240   idempotent (see &idempotent-methods;). Non-idempotent methods or sequences
2241   &MUST-NOT; be automatically retried, although user agents &MAY; offer a
2242   human operator the choice of retrying the request(s). Confirmation by
2243   user-agent software with semantic understanding of the application
2244   &MAY; substitute for user confirmation. The automatic retry &SHOULD-NOT;
2245   be repeated if the second sequence of requests fails.
2248   Servers &SHOULD; always respond to at least one request per connection,
2249   if at all possible. Servers &SHOULD-NOT;  close a connection in the
2250   middle of transmitting a response, unless a network or client failure
2251   is suspected.
2254   Clients that use persistent connections &SHOULD; limit the number of
2255   simultaneous connections that they maintain to a given server. A
2256   single-user client &SHOULD-NOT; maintain more than 2 connections with
2257   any server or proxy. A proxy &SHOULD; use up to 2*N connections to
2258   another server or proxy, where N is the number of simultaneously
2259   active users. These guidelines are intended to improve HTTP response
2260   times and avoid congestion.
2265<section title="Message Transmission Requirements" anchor="message.transmission.requirements">
2267<section title="Persistent Connections and Flow Control" anchor="persistent.flow">
2269   HTTP/1.1 servers &SHOULD; maintain persistent connections and use TCP's
2270   flow control mechanisms to resolve temporary overloads, rather than
2271   terminating connections with the expectation that clients will retry.
2272   The latter technique can exacerbate network congestion.
2276<section title="Monitoring Connections for Error Status Messages" anchor="persistent.monitor">
2278   An HTTP/1.1 (or later) client sending a message-body &SHOULD; monitor
2279   the network connection for an error status while it is transmitting
2280   the request. If the client sees an error status, it &SHOULD;
2281   immediately cease transmitting the body. If the body is being sent
2282   using a "chunked" encoding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>), a zero length chunk and
2283   empty trailer &MAY; be used to prematurely mark the end of the message.
2284   If the body was preceded by a Content-Length header, the client &MUST;
2285   close the connection.
2289<section title="Use of the 100 (Continue) Status" anchor="use.of.the.100.status">
2291   The purpose of the 100 (Continue) status (see &status-100;) is to
2292   allow a client that is sending a request message with a request body
2293   to determine if the origin server is willing to accept the request
2294   (based on the request headers) before the client sends the request
2295   body. In some cases, it might either be inappropriate or highly
2296   inefficient for the client to send the body if the server will reject
2297   the message without looking at the body.
2300   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 clients:
2301  <list style="symbols">
2302    <t>
2303        If a client will wait for a 100 (Continue) response before
2304        sending the request body, it &MUST; send an Expect request-header
2305        field (&header-expect;) with the "100-continue" expectation.
2306    </t>
2307    <t>
2308        A client &MUST-NOT; send an Expect request-header field (&header-expect;)
2309        with the "100-continue" expectation if it does not intend
2310        to send a request body.
2311    </t>
2312  </list>
2315   Because of the presence of older implementations, the protocol allows
2316   ambiguous situations in which a client may send "Expect: 100-continue"
2317   without receiving either a 417 (Expectation Failed) status
2318   or a 100 (Continue) status. Therefore, when a client sends this
2319   header field to an origin server (possibly via a proxy) from which it
2320   has never seen a 100 (Continue) status, the client &SHOULD-NOT;  wait
2321   for an indefinite period before sending the request body.
2324   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 origin servers:
2325  <list style="symbols">
2326    <t> Upon receiving a request which includes an Expect request-header
2327        field with the "100-continue" expectation, an origin server &MUST;
2328        either respond with 100 (Continue) status and continue to read
2329        from the input stream, or respond with a final status code. The
2330        origin server &MUST-NOT; wait for the request body before sending
2331        the 100 (Continue) response. If it responds with a final status
2332        code, it &MAY; close the transport connection or it &MAY; continue
2333        to read and discard the rest of the request.  It &MUST-NOT;
2334        perform the requested method if it returns a final status code.
2335    </t>
2336    <t> An origin server &SHOULD-NOT;  send a 100 (Continue) response if
2337        the request message does not include an Expect request-header
2338        field with the "100-continue" expectation, and &MUST-NOT; send a
2339        100 (Continue) response if such a request comes from an HTTP/1.0
2340        (or earlier) client. There is an exception to this rule: for
2341        compatibility with <xref target="RFC2068"/>, a server &MAY; send a 100 (Continue)
2342        status in response to an HTTP/1.1 PUT or POST request that does
2343        not include an Expect request-header field with the "100-continue"
2344        expectation. This exception, the purpose of which is
2345        to minimize any client processing delays associated with an
2346        undeclared wait for 100 (Continue) status, applies only to
2347        HTTP/1.1 requests, and not to requests with any other HTTP-version
2348        value.
2349    </t>
2350    <t> An origin server &MAY; omit a 100 (Continue) response if it has
2351        already received some or all of the request body for the
2352        corresponding request.
2353    </t>
2354    <t> An origin server that sends a 100 (Continue) response &MUST;
2355    ultimately send a final status code, once the request body is
2356        received and processed, unless it terminates the transport
2357        connection prematurely.
2358    </t>
2359    <t> If an origin server receives a request that does not include an
2360        Expect request-header field with the "100-continue" expectation,
2361        the request includes a request body, and the server responds
2362        with a final status code before reading the entire request body
2363        from the transport connection, then the server &SHOULD-NOT;  close
2364        the transport connection until it has read the entire request,
2365        or until the client closes the connection. Otherwise, the client
2366        might not reliably receive the response message. However, this
2367        requirement is not be construed as preventing a server from
2368        defending itself against denial-of-service attacks, or from
2369        badly broken client implementations.
2370      </t>
2371    </list>
2374   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 proxies:
2375  <list style="symbols">
2376    <t> If a proxy receives a request that includes an Expect request-header
2377        field with the "100-continue" expectation, and the proxy
2378        either knows that the next-hop server complies with HTTP/1.1 or
2379        higher, or does not know the HTTP version of the next-hop
2380        server, it &MUST; forward the request, including the Expect header
2381        field.
2382    </t>
2383    <t> If the proxy knows that the version of the next-hop server is
2384        HTTP/1.0 or lower, it &MUST-NOT; forward the request, and it &MUST;
2385        respond with a 417 (Expectation Failed) status.
2386    </t>
2387    <t> Proxies &SHOULD; maintain a cache recording the HTTP version
2388        numbers received from recently-referenced next-hop servers.
2389    </t>
2390    <t> A proxy &MUST-NOT; forward a 100 (Continue) response if the
2391        request message was received from an HTTP/1.0 (or earlier)
2392        client and did not include an Expect request-header field with
2393        the "100-continue" expectation. This requirement overrides the
2394        general rule for forwarding of 1xx responses (see &status-1xx;).
2395    </t>
2396  </list>
2400<section title="Client Behavior if Server Prematurely Closes Connection" anchor="connection.premature">
2402   If an HTTP/1.1 client sends a request which includes a request body,
2403   but which does not include an Expect request-header field with the
2404   "100-continue" expectation, and if the client is not directly
2405   connected to an HTTP/1.1 origin server, and if the client sees the
2406   connection close before receiving any status from the server, the
2407   client &SHOULD; retry the request.  If the client does retry this
2408   request, it &MAY; use the following "binary exponential backoff"
2409   algorithm to be assured of obtaining a reliable response:
2410  <list style="numbers">
2411    <t>
2412      Initiate a new connection to the server
2413    </t>
2414    <t>
2415      Transmit the request-headers
2416    </t>
2417    <t>
2418      Initialize a variable R to the estimated round-trip time to the
2419         server (e.g., based on the time it took to establish the
2420         connection), or to a constant value of 5 seconds if the round-trip
2421         time is not available.
2422    </t>
2423    <t>
2424       Compute T = R * (2**N), where N is the number of previous
2425         retries of this request.
2426    </t>
2427    <t>
2428       Wait either for an error response from the server, or for T
2429         seconds (whichever comes first)
2430    </t>
2431    <t>
2432       If no error response is received, after T seconds transmit the
2433         body of the request.
2434    </t>
2435    <t>
2436       If client sees that the connection is closed prematurely,
2437         repeat from step 1 until the request is accepted, an error
2438         response is received, or the user becomes impatient and
2439         terminates the retry process.
2440    </t>
2441  </list>
2444   If at any point an error status is received, the client
2445  <list style="symbols">
2446      <t>&SHOULD-NOT;  continue and</t>
2448      <t>&SHOULD; close the connection if it has not completed sending the
2449        request message.</t>
2450    </list>
2457<section title="Miscellaneous notes that may disappear" anchor="misc">
2458<section title="Scheme aliases considered harmful" anchor="scheme.aliases">
2460   <cref>TBS: describe why aliases like webcal are harmful.</cref>
2464<section title="Use of HTTP for proxy communication" anchor="http.proxy">
2466   <cref>TBD: Configured to use HTTP to proxy HTTP or other protocols.</cref>
2470<section title="Interception of HTTP for access control" anchor="http.intercept">
2472   <cref>TBD: Interception of HTTP traffic for initiating access control.</cref>
2476<section title="Use of HTTP by other protocols" anchor="http.others">
2478   <cref>TBD: Profiles of HTTP defined by other protocol.
2479   Extensions of HTTP like WebDAV.</cref>
2483<section title="Use of HTTP by media type specification" anchor="">
2485   <cref>TBD: Instructions on composing HTTP requests via hypertext formats.</cref>
2490<section title="Header Field Definitions" anchor="header.field.definitions">
2492   This section defines the syntax and semantics of HTTP/1.1 header fields
2493   related to message framing and transport protocols.
2496   For entity-header fields, both sender and recipient refer to either the
2497   client or the server, depending on who sends and who receives the entity.
2500<section title="Connection" anchor="header.connection">
2501  <iref primary="true" item="Connection header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2502  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Connection" x:for-anchor=""/>
2503  <x:anchor-alias value="Connection"/>
2504  <x:anchor-alias value="connection-token"/>
2505  <x:anchor-alias value="Connection-v"/>
2507   The "Connection" general-header field allows the sender to specify
2508   options that are desired for that particular connection and &MUST-NOT;
2509   be communicated by proxies over further connections.
2512   The Connection header's value has the following grammar:
2514<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Connection"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Connection-v"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="connection-token"/>
2515  <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>       = "Connection" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Connection-v</x:ref>
2516  <x:ref>Connection-v</x:ref>     = 1#<x:ref>connection-token</x:ref>
2517  <x:ref>connection-token</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2520   HTTP/1.1 proxies &MUST; parse the Connection header field before a
2521   message is forwarded and, for each connection-token in this field,
2522   remove any header field(s) from the message with the same name as the
2523   connection-token. Connection options are signaled by the presence of
2524   a connection-token in the Connection header field, not by any
2525   corresponding additional header field(s), since the additional header
2526   field may not be sent if there are no parameters associated with that
2527   connection option.
2530   Message headers listed in the Connection header &MUST-NOT; include
2531   end-to-end headers, such as Cache-Control.
2534   HTTP/1.1 defines the "close" connection option for the sender to
2535   signal that the connection will be closed after completion of the
2536   response. For example,
2538<figure><artwork type="example">
2539  Connection: close
2542   in either the request or the response header fields indicates that
2543   the connection &SHOULD-NOT;  be considered `persistent' (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
2544   after the current request/response is complete.
2547   An HTTP/1.1 client that does not support persistent connections &MUST;
2548   include the "close" connection option in every request message.
2551   An HTTP/1.1 server that does not support persistent connections &MUST;
2552   include the "close" connection option in every response message that
2553   does not have a 1xx (informational) status code.
2556   A system receiving an HTTP/1.0 (or lower-version) message that
2557   includes a Connection header &MUST;, for each connection-token in this
2558   field, remove and ignore any header field(s) from the message with
2559   the same name as the connection-token. This protects against mistaken
2560   forwarding of such header fields by pre-HTTP/1.1 proxies. See <xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections"/>.
2564<section title="Content-Length" anchor="header.content-length">
2565  <iref primary="true" item="Content-Length header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2566  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Content-Length" x:for-anchor=""/>
2567  <x:anchor-alias value="Content-Length"/>
2568  <x:anchor-alias value="Content-Length-v"/>
2570   The "Content-Length" entity-header field indicates the size of the
2571   entity-body, in number of OCTETs. In the case of responses to the HEAD
2572   method, it indicates the size of the entity-body that would have been sent
2573   had the request been a GET.
2575<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Content-Length"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Content-Length-v"/>
2576  <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref>   = "Content-Length" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> 1*<x:ref>Content-Length-v</x:ref>
2577  <x:ref>Content-Length-v</x:ref> = 1*<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
2580   An example is
2582<figure><artwork type="example">
2583  Content-Length: 3495
2586   Applications &SHOULD; use this field to indicate the transfer-length of
2587   the message-body, unless this is prohibited by the rules in <xref target="message.length"/>.
2590   Any Content-Length greater than or equal to zero is a valid value.
2591   <xref target="message.length"/> describes how to determine the length of a message-body
2592   if a Content-Length is not given.
2595   Note that the meaning of this field is significantly different from
2596   the corresponding definition in MIME, where it is an optional field
2597   used within the "message/external-body" content-type. In HTTP, it
2598   &SHOULD; be sent whenever the message's length can be determined prior
2599   to being transferred, unless this is prohibited by the rules in
2600   <xref target="message.length"/>.
2604<section title="Date" anchor="">
2605  <iref primary="true" item="Date header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2606  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Date" x:for-anchor=""/>
2607  <x:anchor-alias value="Date"/>
2608  <x:anchor-alias value="Date-v"/>
2610   The "Date" general-header field represents the date and time at which
2611   the message was originated, having the same semantics as orig-date in
2612   <xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="of" x:sec="3.6.1"/>. The field value is an
2613   HTTP-date, as described in <xref target=""/>;
2614   it &MUST; be sent in rfc1123-date format.
2616<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Date"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Date-v"/>
2617  <x:ref>Date</x:ref>   = "Date" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Date-v</x:ref>
2618  <x:ref>Date-v</x:ref> = <x:ref>HTTP-date</x:ref>
2621   An example is
2623<figure><artwork type="example">
2624  Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 08:12:31 GMT
2627   Origin servers &MUST; include a Date header field in all responses,
2628   except in these cases:
2629  <list style="numbers">
2630      <t>If the response status code is 100 (Continue) or 101 (Switching
2631         Protocols), the response &MAY; include a Date header field, at
2632         the server's option.</t>
2634      <t>If the response status code conveys a server error, e.g. 500
2635         (Internal Server Error) or 503 (Service Unavailable), and it is
2636         inconvenient or impossible to generate a valid Date.</t>
2638      <t>If the server does not have a clock that can provide a
2639         reasonable approximation of the current time, its responses
2640         &MUST-NOT; include a Date header field. In this case, the rules
2641         in <xref target="clockless.origin.server.operation"/> &MUST; be followed.</t>
2642  </list>
2645   A received message that does not have a Date header field &MUST; be
2646   assigned one by the recipient if the message will be cached by that
2647   recipient or gatewayed via a protocol which requires a Date. An HTTP
2648   implementation without a clock &MUST-NOT; cache responses without
2649   revalidating them on every use. An HTTP cache, especially a shared
2650   cache, &SHOULD; use a mechanism, such as NTP <xref target="RFC1305"/>, to synchronize its
2651   clock with a reliable external standard.
2654   Clients &SHOULD; only send a Date header field in messages that include
2655   an entity-body, as in the case of the PUT and POST requests, and even
2656   then it is optional. A client without a clock &MUST-NOT; send a Date
2657   header field in a request.
2660   The HTTP-date sent in a Date header &SHOULD-NOT;  represent a date and
2661   time subsequent to the generation of the message. It &SHOULD; represent
2662   the best available approximation of the date and time of message
2663   generation, unless the implementation has no means of generating a
2664   reasonably accurate date and time. In theory, the date ought to
2665   represent the moment just before the entity is generated. In
2666   practice, the date can be generated at any time during the message
2667   origination without affecting its semantic value.
2670<section title="Clockless Origin Server Operation" anchor="clockless.origin.server.operation">
2672   Some origin server implementations might not have a clock available.
2673   An origin server without a clock &MUST-NOT; assign Expires or Last-Modified
2674   values to a response, unless these values were associated
2675   with the resource by a system or user with a reliable clock. It &MAY;
2676   assign an Expires value that is known, at or before server
2677   configuration time, to be in the past (this allows "pre-expiration"
2678   of responses without storing separate Expires values for each
2679   resource).
2684<section title="Host" anchor="">
2685  <iref primary="true" item="Host header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2686  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Host" x:for-anchor=""/>
2687  <x:anchor-alias value="Host"/>
2688  <x:anchor-alias value="Host-v"/>
2690   The "Host" request-header field specifies the Internet host and port
2691   number of the resource being requested, allowing the origin server or
2692   gateway to differentiate between internally-ambiguous URLs, such as the root
2693   "/" URL of a server for multiple host names on a single IP address.
2696   The Host field value &MUST; represent the naming authority of the origin
2697   server or gateway given by the original URL obtained from the user or
2698   referring resource (generally an http URI, as described in
2699   <xref target="http.uri"/>).
2701<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Host"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Host-v"/>
2702  <x:ref>Host</x:ref>   = "Host" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Host-v</x:ref>
2703  <x:ref>Host-v</x:ref> = <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ; <xref target="http.uri"/>
2706   A "host" without any trailing port information implies the default
2707   port for the service requested (e.g., "80" for an HTTP URL). For
2708   example, a request on the origin server for
2709   &lt;; would properly include:
2711<figure><artwork type="example">
2712  GET /pub/WWW/ HTTP/1.1
2713  Host:
2716   A client &MUST; include a Host header field in all HTTP/1.1 request
2717   messages. If the requested URI does not include an Internet host
2718   name for the service being requested, then the Host header field &MUST;
2719   be given with an empty value. An HTTP/1.1 proxy &MUST; ensure that any
2720   request message it forwards does contain an appropriate Host header
2721   field that identifies the service being requested by the proxy. All
2722   Internet-based HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; respond with a 400 (Bad Request)
2723   status code to any HTTP/1.1 request message which lacks a Host header
2724   field.
2727   See Sections <xref target="" format="counter"/>
2728   and <xref target="" format="counter"/>
2729   for other requirements relating to Host.
2733<section title="TE" anchor="header.te">
2734  <iref primary="true" item="TE header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2735  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="TE" x:for-anchor=""/>
2736  <x:anchor-alias value="TE"/>
2737  <x:anchor-alias value="TE-v"/>
2738  <x:anchor-alias value="t-codings"/>
2739  <x:anchor-alias value="te-params"/>
2740  <x:anchor-alias value="te-ext"/>
2742   The "TE" request-header field indicates what extension transfer-codings
2743   it is willing to accept in the response, and whether or not it is
2744   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer-coding.
2747   Its value may consist of the keyword "trailers" and/or a comma-separated
2748   list of extension transfer-coding names with optional accept
2749   parameters (as described in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
2751<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="TE"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="TE-v"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="t-codings"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="te-params"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="te-ext"/>
2752  <x:ref>TE</x:ref>        = "TE" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>TE-v</x:ref>
2753  <x:ref>TE-v</x:ref>      = #<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref>
2754  <x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> [ <x:ref>te-params</x:ref> ] )
2755  <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> )
2756  <x:ref>te-ext</x:ref>    = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>token</x:ref> [ "=" ( <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref> ) ]
2759   The presence of the keyword "trailers" indicates that the client is
2760   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer-coding, as
2761   defined in <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>. This keyword is reserved for use with
2762   transfer-coding values even though it does not itself represent a
2763   transfer-coding.
2766   Examples of its use are:
2768<figure><artwork type="example">
2769  TE: deflate
2770  TE:
2771  TE: trailers, deflate;q=0.5
2774   The TE header field only applies to the immediate connection.
2775   Therefore, the keyword &MUST; be supplied within a Connection header
2776   field (<xref target="header.connection"/>) whenever TE is present in an HTTP/1.1 message.
2779   A server tests whether a transfer-coding is acceptable, according to
2780   a TE field, using these rules:
2781  <list style="numbers">
2782    <x:lt>
2783      <t>The "chunked" transfer-coding is always acceptable. If the
2784         keyword "trailers" is listed, the client indicates that it is
2785         willing to accept trailer fields in the chunked response on
2786         behalf of itself and any downstream clients. The implication is
2787         that, if given, the client is stating that either all
2788         downstream clients are willing to accept trailer fields in the
2789         forwarded response, or that it will attempt to buffer the
2790         response on behalf of downstream recipients.
2791      </t><t>
2792         <x:h>Note:</x:h> HTTP/1.1 does not define any means to limit the size of a
2793         chunked response such that a client can be assured of buffering
2794         the entire response.</t>
2795    </x:lt>
2796    <x:lt>
2797      <t>If the transfer-coding being tested is one of the transfer-codings
2798         listed in the TE field, then it is acceptable unless it
2799         is accompanied by a qvalue of 0. (As defined in <xref target="quality.values"/>, a
2800         qvalue of 0 means "not acceptable.")</t>
2801    </x:lt>
2802    <x:lt>
2803      <t>If multiple transfer-codings are acceptable, then the
2804         acceptable transfer-coding with the highest non-zero qvalue is
2805         preferred.  The "chunked" transfer-coding always has a qvalue
2806         of 1.</t>
2807    </x:lt>
2808  </list>
2811   If the TE field-value is empty or if no TE field is present, the only
2812   transfer-coding is "chunked". A message with no transfer-coding is
2813   always acceptable.
2817<section title="Trailer" anchor="header.trailer">
2818  <iref primary="true" item="Trailer header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2819  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Trailer" x:for-anchor=""/>
2820  <x:anchor-alias value="Trailer"/>
2821  <x:anchor-alias value="Trailer-v"/>
2823   The "Trailer" general-header field indicates that the given set of
2824   header fields is present in the trailer of a message encoded with
2825   chunked transfer-coding.
2827<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Trailer"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Trailer-v"/>
2828  <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref>   = "Trailer" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Trailer-v</x:ref>
2829  <x:ref>Trailer-v</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>field-name</x:ref>
2832   An HTTP/1.1 message &SHOULD; include a Trailer header field in a
2833   message using chunked transfer-coding with a non-empty trailer. Doing
2834   so allows the recipient to know which header fields to expect in the
2835   trailer.
2838   If no Trailer header field is present, the trailer &SHOULD-NOT;  include
2839   any header fields. See <xref target="chunked.encoding"/> for restrictions on the use of
2840   trailer fields in a "chunked" transfer-coding.
2843   Message header fields listed in the Trailer header field &MUST-NOT;
2844   include the following header fields:
2845  <list style="symbols">
2846    <t>Transfer-Encoding</t>
2847    <t>Content-Length</t>
2848    <t>Trailer</t>
2849  </list>
2853<section title="Transfer-Encoding" anchor="header.transfer-encoding">
2854  <iref primary="true" item="Transfer-Encoding header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2855  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Transfer-Encoding" x:for-anchor=""/>
2856  <x:anchor-alias value="Transfer-Encoding"/>
2857  <x:anchor-alias value="Transfer-Encoding-v"/>
2859   The "Transfer-Encoding" general-header field indicates what transfer-codings
2860   (if any) have been applied to the message body. It differs from
2861   Content-Encoding (&content-codings;) in that transfer-codings are a property
2862   of the message (and therefore are removed by intermediaries), whereas
2863   content-codings are not.
2865<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Transfer-Encoding"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Transfer-Encoding-v"/>
2866  <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>   = "Transfer-Encoding" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>
2867                        <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding-v</x:ref>
2868  <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding-v</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>
2871   Transfer-codings are defined in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>. An example is:
2873<figure><artwork type="example">
2874  Transfer-Encoding: chunked
2877   If multiple encodings have been applied to an entity, the transfer-codings
2878   &MUST; be listed in the order in which they were applied.
2879   Additional information about the encoding parameters &MAY; be provided
2880   by other entity-header fields not defined by this specification.
2883   Many older HTTP/1.0 applications do not understand the Transfer-Encoding
2884   header.
2888<section title="Upgrade" anchor="header.upgrade">
2889  <iref primary="true" item="Upgrade header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2890  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Upgrade" x:for-anchor=""/>
2891  <x:anchor-alias value="Upgrade"/>
2892  <x:anchor-alias value="Upgrade-v"/>
2894   The "Upgrade" general-header field allows the client to specify what
2895   additional communication protocols it would like to use, if the server
2896   chooses to switch protocols. Additionally, the server &MUST; use the Upgrade
2897   header field within a 101 (Switching Protocols) response to indicate which
2898   protocol(s) are being switched to.
2900<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Upgrade"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Upgrade-v"/>
2901  <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref>   = "Upgrade" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Upgrade-v</x:ref>
2902  <x:ref>Upgrade-v</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>product</x:ref>
2905   For example,
2907<figure><artwork type="example">
2908  Upgrade: HTTP/2.0, SHTTP/1.3, IRC/6.9, RTA/x11
2911   The Upgrade header field is intended to provide a simple mechanism
2912   for transition from HTTP/1.1 to some other, incompatible protocol. It
2913   does so by allowing the client to advertise its desire to use another
2914   protocol, such as a later version of HTTP with a higher major version
2915   number, even though the current request has been made using HTTP/1.1.
2916   This eases the difficult transition between incompatible protocols by
2917   allowing the client to initiate a request in the more commonly
2918   supported protocol while indicating to the server that it would like
2919   to use a "better" protocol if available (where "better" is determined
2920   by the server, possibly according to the nature of the method and/or
2921   resource being requested).
2924   The Upgrade header field only applies to switching application-layer
2925   protocols upon the existing transport-layer connection. Upgrade
2926   cannot be used to insist on a protocol change; its acceptance and use
2927   by the server is optional. The capabilities and nature of the
2928   application-layer communication after the protocol change is entirely
2929   dependent upon the new protocol chosen, although the first action
2930   after changing the protocol &MUST; be a response to the initial HTTP
2931   request containing the Upgrade header field.
2934   The Upgrade header field only applies to the immediate connection.
2935   Therefore, the upgrade keyword &MUST; be supplied within a Connection
2936   header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>) whenever Upgrade is present in an
2937   HTTP/1.1 message.
2940   The Upgrade header field cannot be used to indicate a switch to a
2941   protocol on a different connection. For that purpose, it is more
2942   appropriate to use a 301, 302, 303, or 305 redirection response.
2945   This specification only defines the protocol name "HTTP" for use by
2946   the family of Hypertext Transfer Protocols, as defined by the HTTP
2947   version rules of <xref target="http.version"/> and future updates to this
2948   specification. Additional tokens can be registered with IANA using the
2949   registration procedure defined below. 
2952<section title="Upgrade Token Registry" anchor="upgrade.token.registry">
2954   The HTTP Upgrade Token Registry defines the name space for product
2955   tokens used to identify protocols in the Upgrade header field.
2956   Each registered token should be associated with one or a set of
2957   specifications, and with contact information.
2960   Registrations should be allowed on a First Come First Served basis as
2961   described in <xref target="RFC5226" x:sec="4.1" x:fmt="of"/>. These
2962   specifications need not be IETF documents or be subject to IESG review, but
2963   should obey the following rules:
2964  <list style="numbers">
2965    <t>A token, once registered, stays registered forever.</t>
2966    <t>The registration &MUST; name a responsible party for the
2967       registration.</t>
2968    <t>The registration &MUST; name a point of contact.</t>
2969    <t>The registration &MAY; name the documentation required for the
2970       token.</t>
2971    <t>The responsible party &MAY; change the registration at any time.
2972       The IANA will keep a record of all such changes, and make them
2973       available upon request.</t>
2974    <t>The responsible party for the first registration of a "product"
2975       token &MUST; approve later registrations of a "version" token
2976       together with that "product" token before they can be registered.</t>
2977    <t>If absolutely required, the IESG &MAY; reassign the responsibility
2978       for a token. This will normally only be used in the case when a
2979       responsible party cannot be contacted.</t>
2980  </list>
2983   It is not required that specifications for upgrade tokens be made
2984   publicly available, but the contact information for the registration
2985   should be.
2992<section title="Via" anchor="header.via">
2993  <iref primary="true" item="Via header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2994  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Via" x:for-anchor=""/>
2995  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-name"/>
2996  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-version"/>
2997  <x:anchor-alias value="pseudonym"/>
2998  <x:anchor-alias value="received-by"/>
2999  <x:anchor-alias value="received-protocol"/>
3000  <x:anchor-alias value="Via"/>
3001  <x:anchor-alias value="Via-v"/>
3003   The "Via" general-header field &MUST; be used by gateways and proxies to
3004   indicate the intermediate protocols and recipients between the user
3005   agent and the server on requests, and between the origin server and
3006   the client on responses. It is analogous to the "Received" field defined in
3007   <xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="of" x:sec="3.6.7"/> and is intended to be used for tracking message forwards,
3008   avoiding request loops, and identifying the protocol capabilities of
3009   all senders along the request/response chain.
3011<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Via"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Via-v"/><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"/>
3012  <x:ref>Via</x:ref>               = "Via" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Via-v</x:ref>
3013  <x:ref>Via-v</x:ref>             = 1#( <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>
3014                          [ <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ] )
3015  <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> "/" ] <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>
3016  <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref>     = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3017  <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>  = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3018  <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>       = ( <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ) / <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>
3019  <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3022   The received-protocol indicates the protocol version of the message
3023   received by the server or client along each segment of the
3024   request/response chain. The received-protocol version is appended to
3025   the Via field value when the message is forwarded so that information
3026   about the protocol capabilities of upstream applications remains
3027   visible to all recipients.
3030   The protocol-name is optional if and only if it would be "HTTP". The
3031   received-by field is normally the host and optional port number of a
3032   recipient server or client that subsequently forwarded the message.
3033   However, if the real host is considered to be sensitive information,
3034   it &MAY; be replaced by a pseudonym. If the port is not given, it &MAY;
3035   be assumed to be the default port of the received-protocol.
3038   Multiple Via field values represents each proxy or gateway that has
3039   forwarded the message. Each recipient &MUST; append its information
3040   such that the end result is ordered according to the sequence of
3041   forwarding applications.
3044   Comments &MAY; be used in the Via header field to identify the software
3045   of the recipient proxy or gateway, analogous to the User-Agent and
3046   Server header fields. However, all comments in the Via field are
3047   optional and &MAY; be removed by any recipient prior to forwarding the
3048   message.
3051   For example, a request message could be sent from an HTTP/1.0 user
3052   agent to an internal proxy code-named "fred", which uses HTTP/1.1 to
3053   forward the request to a public proxy at, which completes
3054   the request by forwarding it to the origin server at
3055   The request received by would then have the following
3056   Via header field:
3058<figure><artwork type="example">
3059  Via: 1.0 fred, 1.1 (Apache/1.1)
3062   Proxies and gateways used as a portal through a network firewall
3063   &SHOULD-NOT;, by default, forward the names and ports of hosts within
3064   the firewall region. This information &SHOULD; only be propagated if
3065   explicitly enabled. If not enabled, the received-by host of any host
3066   behind the firewall &SHOULD; be replaced by an appropriate pseudonym
3067   for that host.
3070   For organizations that have strong privacy requirements for hiding
3071   internal structures, a proxy &MAY; combine an ordered subsequence of
3072   Via header field entries with identical received-protocol values into
3073   a single such entry. For example,
3075<figure><artwork type="example">
3076  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 ethel, 1.1 fred, 1.0 lucy
3079        could be collapsed to
3081<figure><artwork type="example">
3082  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 mertz, 1.0 lucy
3085   Applications &SHOULD-NOT;  combine multiple entries unless they are all
3086   under the same organizational control and the hosts have already been
3087   replaced by pseudonyms. Applications &MUST-NOT; combine entries which
3088   have different received-protocol values.
3094<section title="IANA Considerations" anchor="IANA.considerations">
3096<section title="Message Header Registration" anchor="message.header.registration">
3098   The Message Header Registry located at <eref target=""/> should be updated
3099   with the permanent registrations below (see <xref target="RFC3864"/>):
3101<?BEGININC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3102<!--AUTOGENERATED FROM extract-header-defs.xslt, do not edit manually-->
3103<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.header.registration.table">
3104   <ttcol>Header Field Name</ttcol>
3105   <ttcol>Protocol</ttcol>
3106   <ttcol>Status</ttcol>
3107   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3109   <c>Connection</c>
3110   <c>http</c>
3111   <c>standard</c>
3112   <c>
3113      <xref target="header.connection"/>
3114   </c>
3115   <c>Content-Length</c>
3116   <c>http</c>
3117   <c>standard</c>
3118   <c>
3119      <xref target="header.content-length"/>
3120   </c>
3121   <c>Date</c>
3122   <c>http</c>
3123   <c>standard</c>
3124   <c>
3125      <xref target=""/>
3126   </c>
3127   <c>Host</c>
3128   <c>http</c>
3129   <c>standard</c>
3130   <c>
3131      <xref target=""/>
3132   </c>
3133   <c>TE</c>
3134   <c>http</c>
3135   <c>standard</c>
3136   <c>
3137      <xref target="header.te"/>
3138   </c>
3139   <c>Trailer</c>
3140   <c>http</c>
3141   <c>standard</c>
3142   <c>
3143      <xref target="header.trailer"/>
3144   </c>
3145   <c>Transfer-Encoding</c>
3146   <c>http</c>
3147   <c>standard</c>
3148   <c>
3149      <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>
3150   </c>
3151   <c>Upgrade</c>
3152   <c>http</c>
3153   <c>standard</c>
3154   <c>
3155      <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
3156   </c>
3157   <c>Via</c>
3158   <c>http</c>
3159   <c>standard</c>
3160   <c>
3161      <xref target="header.via"/>
3162   </c>
3165<?ENDINC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3167   The change controller is: "IETF ( - Internet Engineering Task Force".
3171<section title="URI Scheme Registration" anchor="uri.scheme.registration">
3173   The entries for the "http" and "https" URI Schemes in the registry located at
3174   <eref target=""/>
3175   should be updated to point to Sections <xref target="http.uri" format="counter"/>
3176   and <xref target="https.uri" format="counter"/> of this document
3177   (see <xref target="RFC4395"/>).
3181<section title="Internet Media Type Registrations" anchor="">
3183   This document serves as the specification for the Internet media types
3184   "message/http" and "application/http". The following is to be registered with
3185   IANA (see <xref target="RFC4288"/>).
3187<section title="Internet Media Type message/http" anchor="">
3188<iref item="Media Type" subitem="message/http" primary="true"/>
3189<iref item="message/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3191   The message/http type can be used to enclose a single HTTP request or
3192   response message, provided that it obeys the MIME restrictions for all
3193   "message" types regarding line length and encodings.
3196  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3197    <t hangText="Type name:">
3198      message
3199    </t>
3200    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3201      http
3202    </t>
3203    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3204      none
3205    </t>
3206    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3207      version, msgtype
3208      <list style="hanging">
3209        <t hangText="version:">
3210          The HTTP-Version number of the enclosed message
3211          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3212          determined from the first line of the body.
3213        </t>
3214        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3215          The message type -- "request" or "response". If not
3216          present, the type can be determined from the first
3217          line of the body.
3218        </t>
3219      </list>
3220    </t>
3221    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3222      only "7bit", "8bit", or "binary" are permitted
3223    </t>
3224    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3225      none
3226    </t>
3227    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3228      none
3229    </t>
3230    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3231      This specification (see <xref target=""/>).
3232    </t>
3233    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3234    </t>
3235    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3236      <list style="hanging">
3237        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3238        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3239        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3240      </list>
3241    </t>
3242    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3243      See Authors Section.
3244    </t>
3245    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3246      COMMON
3247    </t>
3248    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3249      none
3250    </t>
3251    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3252      IESG
3253    </t>
3254  </list>
3257<section title="Internet Media Type application/http" anchor="">
3258<iref item="Media Type" subitem="application/http" primary="true"/>
3259<iref item="application/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3261   The application/http type can be used to enclose a pipeline of one or more
3262   HTTP request or response messages (not intermixed).
3265  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3266    <t hangText="Type name:">
3267      application
3268    </t>
3269    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3270      http
3271    </t>
3272    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3273      none
3274    </t>
3275    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3276      version, msgtype
3277      <list style="hanging">
3278        <t hangText="version:">
3279          The HTTP-Version number of the enclosed messages
3280          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3281          determined from the first line of the body.
3282        </t>
3283        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3284          The message type -- "request" or "response". If not
3285          present, the type can be determined from the first
3286          line of the body.
3287        </t>
3288      </list>
3289    </t>
3290    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3291      HTTP messages enclosed by this type
3292      are in "binary" format; use of an appropriate
3293      Content-Transfer-Encoding is required when
3294      transmitted via E-mail.
3295    </t>
3296    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3297      none
3298    </t>
3299    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3300      none
3301    </t>
3302    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3303      This specification (see <xref target=""/>).
3304    </t>
3305    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3306    </t>
3307    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3308      <list style="hanging">
3309        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3310        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3311        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3312      </list>
3313    </t>
3314    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3315      See Authors Section.
3316    </t>
3317    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3318      COMMON
3319    </t>
3320    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3321      none
3322    </t>
3323    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3324      IESG
3325    </t>
3326  </list>
3331<section title="Transfer Coding Registry" anchor="transfer.coding.registration">
3333   The registration procedure for HTTP Transfer Codings is now defined by
3334   <xref target="transfer.coding.registry"/> of this document.
3337   The HTTP Transfer Codings Registry located at <eref target=""/>
3338   should be updated with the registrations below:
3340<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.transfer.coding.registration.table">
3341   <ttcol>Name</ttcol>
3342   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3343   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3344   <c>chunked</c>
3345   <c>Transfer in a series of chunks</c>
3346   <c>
3347      <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
3348   </c>
3349   <c>compress</c>
3350   <c>UNIX "compress" program method</c>
3351   <c>
3352      <xref target="compress.coding"/>
3353   </c>
3354   <c>deflate</c>
3355   <c>"zlib" format <xref target="RFC1950"/> with "deflate" compression</c>
3356   <c>
3357      <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
3358   </c>
3359   <c>gzip</c>
3360   <c>Same as GNU zip <xref target="RFC1952"/></c>
3361   <c>
3362      <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
3363   </c>
3367<section title="Upgrade Token Registration" anchor="upgrade.token.registration">
3369   The registration procedure for HTTP Upgrade Tokens -- previously defined
3370   in <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="of" x:sec="7.2"/> -- is now defined
3371   by <xref target="upgrade.token.registry"/> of this document.
3374   The HTTP Status Code Registry located at <eref target=""/>
3375   should be updated with the registration below:
3377<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3378   <ttcol>Value</ttcol>
3379   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3380   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3382   <c>HTTP</c>
3383   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol</c>
3384   <c><xref target="http.version"/> of this specification</c>
3385<!-- IANA should add this without our instructions; emailed on June 05, 2009
3386   <c>TLS/1.0</c>
3387   <c>Transport Layer Security</c>
3388   <c><xref target="RFC2817"/></c> -->
3395<section title="Security Considerations" anchor="security.considerations">
3397   This section is meant to inform application developers, information
3398   providers, and users of the security limitations in HTTP/1.1 as
3399   described by this document. The discussion does not include
3400   definitive solutions to the problems revealed, though it does make
3401   some suggestions for reducing security risks.
3404<section title="Personal Information" anchor="personal.information">
3406   HTTP clients are often privy to large amounts of personal information
3407   (e.g. the user's name, location, mail address, passwords, encryption
3408   keys, etc.), and &SHOULD; be very careful to prevent unintentional
3409   leakage of this information.
3410   We very strongly recommend that a convenient interface be provided
3411   for the user to control dissemination of such information, and that
3412   designers and implementors be particularly careful in this area.
3413   History shows that errors in this area often create serious security
3414   and/or privacy problems and generate highly adverse publicity for the
3415   implementor's company.
3419<section title="Abuse of Server Log Information" anchor="abuse.of.server.log.information">
3421   A server is in the position to save personal data about a user's
3422   requests which might identify their reading patterns or subjects of
3423   interest. This information is clearly confidential in nature and its
3424   handling can be constrained by law in certain countries. People using
3425   HTTP to provide data are responsible for ensuring that
3426   such material is not distributed without the permission of any
3427   individuals that are identifiable by the published results.
3431<section title="Attacks Based On File and Path Names" anchor="attack.pathname">
3433   Implementations of HTTP origin servers &SHOULD; be careful to restrict
3434   the documents returned by HTTP requests to be only those that were
3435   intended by the server administrators. If an HTTP server translates
3436   HTTP URIs directly into file system calls, the server &MUST; take
3437   special care not to serve files that were not intended to be
3438   delivered to HTTP clients. For example, UNIX, Microsoft Windows, and
3439   other operating systems use ".." as a path component to indicate a
3440   directory level above the current one. On such a system, an HTTP
3441   server &MUST; disallow any such construct in the request-target if it
3442   would otherwise allow access to a resource outside those intended to
3443   be accessible via the HTTP server. Similarly, files intended for
3444   reference only internally to the server (such as access control
3445   files, configuration files, and script code) &MUST; be protected from
3446   inappropriate retrieval, since they might contain sensitive
3447   information. Experience has shown that minor bugs in such HTTP server
3448   implementations have turned into security risks.
3452<section title="DNS Spoofing" anchor="dns.spoofing">
3454   Clients using HTTP rely heavily on the Domain Name Service, and are
3455   thus generally prone to security attacks based on the deliberate
3456   mis-association of IP addresses and DNS names. Clients need to be
3457   cautious in assuming the continuing validity of an IP number/DNS name
3458   association.
3461   In particular, HTTP clients &SHOULD; rely on their name resolver for
3462   confirmation of an IP number/DNS name association, rather than
3463   caching the result of previous host name lookups. Many platforms
3464   already can cache host name lookups locally when appropriate, and
3465   they &SHOULD; be configured to do so. It is proper for these lookups to
3466   be cached, however, only when the TTL (Time To Live) information
3467   reported by the name server makes it likely that the cached
3468   information will remain useful.
3471   If HTTP clients cache the results of host name lookups in order to
3472   achieve a performance improvement, they &MUST; observe the TTL
3473   information reported by DNS.
3476   If HTTP clients do not observe this rule, they could be spoofed when
3477   a previously-accessed server's IP address changes. As network
3478   renumbering is expected to become increasingly common <xref target="RFC1900"/>, the
3479   possibility of this form of attack will grow. Observing this
3480   requirement thus reduces this potential security vulnerability.
3483   This requirement also improves the load-balancing behavior of clients
3484   for replicated servers using the same DNS name and reduces the
3485   likelihood of a user's experiencing failure in accessing sites which
3486   use that strategy.
3490<section title="Proxies and Caching" anchor="attack.proxies">
3492   By their very nature, HTTP proxies are men-in-the-middle, and
3493   represent an opportunity for man-in-the-middle attacks. Compromise of
3494   the systems on which the proxies run can result in serious security
3495   and privacy problems. Proxies have access to security-related
3496   information, personal information about individual users and
3497   organizations, and proprietary information belonging to users and
3498   content providers. A compromised proxy, or a proxy implemented or
3499   configured without regard to security and privacy considerations,
3500   might be used in the commission of a wide range of potential attacks.
3503   Proxy operators should protect the systems on which proxies run as
3504   they would protect any system that contains or transports sensitive
3505   information. In particular, log information gathered at proxies often
3506   contains highly sensitive personal information, and/or information
3507   about organizations. Log information should be carefully guarded, and
3508   appropriate guidelines for use developed and followed. (<xref target="abuse.of.server.log.information"/>).
3511   Proxy implementors should consider the privacy and security
3512   implications of their design and coding decisions, and of the
3513   configuration options they provide to proxy operators (especially the
3514   default configuration).
3517   Users of a proxy need to be aware that they are no trustworthier than
3518   the people who run the proxy; HTTP itself cannot solve this problem.
3521   The judicious use of cryptography, when appropriate, may suffice to
3522   protect against a broad range of security and privacy attacks. Such
3523   cryptography is beyond the scope of the HTTP/1.1 specification.
3527<section title="Denial of Service Attacks on Proxies" anchor="attack.DoS">
3529   They exist. They are hard to defend against. Research continues.
3530   Beware.
3535<section title="Acknowledgments" anchor="ack">
3537   HTTP has evolved considerably over the years. It has
3538   benefited from a large and active developer community--the many
3539   people who have participated on the www-talk mailing list--and it is
3540   that community which has been most responsible for the success of
3541   HTTP and of the World-Wide Web in general. Marc Andreessen, Robert
3542   Cailliau, Daniel W. Connolly, Bob Denny, John Franks, Jean-Francois
3543   Groff, Phillip M. Hallam-Baker, Hakon W. Lie, Ari Luotonen, Rob
3544   McCool, Lou Montulli, Dave Raggett, Tony Sanders, and Marc
3545   VanHeyningen deserve special recognition for their efforts in
3546   defining early aspects of the protocol.
3549   This document has benefited greatly from the comments of all those
3550   participating in the HTTP-WG. In addition to those already mentioned,
3551   the following individuals have contributed to this specification:
3554   Gary Adams, Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Keith Ball, Brian Behlendorf,
3555   Paul Burchard, Maurizio Codogno, Mike Cowlishaw, Roman Czyborra,
3556   Michael A. Dolan, Daniel DuBois, David J. Fiander, Alan Freier, Marc Hedlund, Greg Herlihy,
3557   Koen Holtman, Alex Hopmann, Bob Jernigan, Shel Kaphan, Rohit Khare,
3558   John Klensin, Martijn Koster, Alexei Kosut, David M. Kristol,
3559   Daniel LaLiberte, Ben Laurie, Paul J. Leach, Albert Lunde,
3560   John C. Mallery, Jean-Philippe Martin-Flatin, Mitra, David Morris,
3561   Gavin Nicol, Ross Patterson, Bill Perry, Jeffrey Perry, Scott Powers, Owen Rees,
3562   Luigi Rizzo, David Robinson, Marc Salomon, Rich Salz,
3563   Allan M. Schiffman, Jim Seidman, Chuck Shotton, Eric W. Sink,
3564   Simon E. Spero, Richard N. Taylor, Robert S. Thau,
3565   Bill (BearHeart) Weinman, Francois Yergeau, Mary Ellen Zurko,
3566   Josh Cohen.
3569   Thanks to the "cave men" of Palo Alto. You know who you are.
3572   Jim Gettys (the editor of <xref target="RFC2616"/>) wishes particularly
3573   to thank Roy Fielding, the editor of <xref target="RFC2068"/>, along
3574   with John Klensin, Jeff Mogul, Paul Leach, Dave Kristol, Koen
3575   Holtman, John Franks, Josh Cohen, Alex Hopmann, Scott Lawrence, and
3576   Larry Masinter for their help. And thanks go particularly to Jeff
3577   Mogul and Scott Lawrence for performing the "MUST/MAY/SHOULD" audit.
3580   The Apache Group, Anselm Baird-Smith, author of Jigsaw, and Henrik
3581   Frystyk implemented RFC 2068 early, and we wish to thank them for the
3582   discovery of many of the problems that this document attempts to
3583   rectify.
3586   This specification makes heavy use of the augmented BNF and generic
3587   constructs defined by David H. Crocker for <xref target="RFC5234"/>. Similarly, it
3588   reuses many of the definitions provided by Nathaniel Borenstein and
3589   Ned Freed for MIME <xref target="RFC2045"/>. We hope that their inclusion in this
3590   specification will help reduce past confusion over the relationship
3591   between HTTP and Internet mail message formats.
3598<references title="Normative References">
3600<reference anchor="ISO-8859-1">
3601  <front>
3602    <title>
3603     Information technology -- 8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets -- Part 1: Latin alphabet No. 1
3604    </title>
3605    <author>
3606      <organization>International Organization for Standardization</organization>
3607    </author>
3608    <date year="1998"/>
3609  </front>
3610  <seriesInfo name="ISO/IEC" value="8859-1:1998"/>
3613<reference anchor="Part2">
3614  <front>
3615    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 2: Message Semantics</title>
3616    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3617      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3618      <address><email></email></address>
3619    </author>
3620    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3621      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3622      <address><email></email></address>
3623    </author>
3624    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3625      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3626      <address><email></email></address>
3627    </author>
3628    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3629      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3630      <address><email></email></address>
3631    </author>
3632    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3633      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3634      <address><email></email></address>
3635    </author>
3636    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3637      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3638      <address><email></email></address>
3639    </author>
3640    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3641      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3642      <address><email></email></address>
3643    </author>
3644    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3645      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3646      <address><email></email></address>
3647    </author>
3648    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3649      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3650      <address><email></email></address>
3651    </author>
3652    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3653  </front>
3654  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3655  <x:source href="p2-semantics.xml" basename="p2-semantics"/>
3658<reference anchor="Part3">
3659  <front>
3660    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 3: Message Payload and Content Negotiation</title>
3661    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3662      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3663      <address><email></email></address>
3664    </author>
3665    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3666      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3667      <address><email></email></address>
3668    </author>
3669    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3670      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3671      <address><email></email></address>
3672    </author>
3673    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3674      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3675      <address><email></email></address>
3676    </author>
3677    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3678      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3679      <address><email></email></address>
3680    </author>
3681    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3682      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3683      <address><email></email></address>
3684    </author>
3685    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3686      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3687      <address><email></email></address>
3688    </author>
3689    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3690      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3691      <address><email></email></address>
3692    </author>
3693    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3694      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3695      <address><email></email></address>
3696    </author>
3697    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3698  </front>
3699  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p3-payload-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3700  <x:source href="p3-payload.xml" basename="p3-payload"/>
3703<reference anchor="Part5">
3704  <front>
3705    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 5: Range Requests and Partial Responses</title>
3706    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3707      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3708      <address><email></email></address>
3709    </author>
3710    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3711      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3712      <address><email></email></address>
3713    </author>
3714    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3715      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3716      <address><email></email></address>
3717    </author>
3718    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3719      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3720      <address><email></email></address>
3721    </author>
3722    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3723      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3724      <address><email></email></address>
3725    </author>
3726    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3727      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3728      <address><email></email></address>
3729    </author>
3730    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3731      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3732      <address><email></email></address>
3733    </author>
3734    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3735      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3736      <address><email></email></address>
3737    </author>
3738    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3739      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3740      <address><email></email></address>
3741    </author>
3742    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3743  </front>
3744  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p5-range-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3745  <x:source href="p5-range.xml" basename="p5-range"/>
3748<reference anchor="Part6">
3749  <front>
3750    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 6: Caching</title>
3751    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3752      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3753      <address><email></email></address>
3754    </author>
3755    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3756      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3757      <address><email></email></address>
3758    </author>
3759    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3760      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3761      <address><email></email></address>
3762    </author>
3763    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3764      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3765      <address><email></email></address>
3766    </author>
3767    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3768      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3769      <address><email></email></address>
3770    </author>
3771    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3772      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3773      <address><email></email></address>
3774    </author>
3775    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3776      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3777      <address><email></email></address>
3778    </author>
3779    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3780      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3781      <address><email></email></address>
3782    </author>
3783    <author initials="M." surname="Nottingham" fullname="Mark Nottingham" role="editor">
3784      <organization />
3785      <address><email></email></address>
3786    </author>
3787    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3788      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3789      <address><email></email></address>
3790    </author>
3791    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3792  </front>
3793  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3794  <x:source href="p6-cache.xml" basename="p6-cache"/>
3797<reference anchor="RFC5234">
3798  <front>
3799    <title abbrev="ABNF for Syntax Specifications">Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications: ABNF</title>
3800    <author initials="D." surname="Crocker" fullname="Dave Crocker" role="editor">
3801      <organization>Brandenburg InternetWorking</organization>
3802      <address>
3803      <postal>
3804      <street>675 Spruce Dr.</street>
3805      <city>Sunnyvale</city>
3806      <region>CA</region>
3807      <code>94086</code>
3808      <country>US</country></postal>
3809      <phone>+1.408.246.8253</phone>
3810      <email></email></address> 
3811    </author>
3812    <author initials="P." surname="Overell" fullname="Paul Overell">
3813      <organization>THUS plc.</organization>
3814      <address>
3815      <postal>
3816      <street>1/2 Berkeley Square</street>
3817      <street>99 Berkely Street</street>
3818      <city>Glasgow</city>
3819      <code>G3 7HR</code>
3820      <country>UK</country></postal>
3821      <email></email></address>
3822    </author>
3823    <date month="January" year="2008"/>
3824  </front>
3825  <seriesInfo name="STD" value="68"/>
3826  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5234"/>
3829<reference anchor="RFC2119">
3830  <front>
3831    <title>Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels</title>
3832    <author initials="S." surname="Bradner" fullname="Scott Bradner">
3833      <organization>Harvard University</organization>
3834      <address><email></email></address>
3835    </author>
3836    <date month="March" year="1997"/>
3837  </front>
3838  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="14"/>
3839  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2119"/>
3842<reference anchor="RFC3986">
3843 <front>
3844  <title abbrev='URI Generic Syntax'>Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax</title>
3845  <author initials='T.' surname='Berners-Lee' fullname='Tim Berners-Lee'>
3846    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3847    <address>
3848       <email></email>
3849       <uri></uri>
3850    </address>
3851  </author>
3852  <author initials='R.' surname='Fielding' fullname='Roy T. Fielding'>
3853    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3854    <address>
3855      <email></email>
3856      <uri></uri>
3857    </address>
3858  </author>
3859  <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='Larry Masinter'>
3860    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
3861    <address>
3862      <email></email>
3863      <uri></uri>
3864    </address>
3865  </author>
3866  <date month='January' year='2005'></date>
3867 </front>
3868 <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="3986"/>
3869 <seriesInfo name="STD" value="66"/>
3872<reference anchor="USASCII">
3873  <front>
3874    <title>Coded Character Set -- 7-bit American Standard Code for Information Interchange</title>
3875    <author>
3876      <organization>American National Standards Institute</organization>
3877    </author>
3878    <date year="1986"/>
3879  </front>
3880  <seriesInfo name="ANSI" value="X3.4"/>
3883<reference anchor="RFC1950">
3884  <front>
3885    <title>ZLIB Compressed Data Format Specification version 3.3</title>
3886    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
3887      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
3888      <address><email></email></address>
3889    </author>
3890    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly">
3891      <organization/>
3892    </author>
3893    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
3894  </front>
3895  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1950"/>
3896  <annotation>
3897    RFC 1950 is an Informational RFC, thus it may be less stable than
3898    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
3899    present since the publication of RFC 2068 in 1997 (<xref target="RFC2068"/>),
3900    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
3901    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
3902  </annotation>
3905<reference anchor="RFC1951">
3906  <front>
3907    <title>DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification version 1.3</title>
3908    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
3909      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
3910      <address><email></email></address>
3911    </author>
3912    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
3913  </front>
3914  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1951"/>
3915  <annotation>
3916    RFC 1951 is an Informational RFC, thus it may be less stable than
3917    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
3918    present since the publication of RFC 2068 in 1997 (<xref target="RFC2068"/>),
3919    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
3920    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
3921  </annotation>
3924<reference anchor="RFC1952">
3925  <front>
3926    <title>GZIP file format specification version 4.3</title>
3927    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
3928      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
3929      <address><email></email></address>
3930    </author>
3931    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly">
3932      <organization/>
3933      <address><email></email></address>
3934    </author>
3935    <author initials="M." surname="Adler" fullname="Mark Adler">
3936      <organization/>
3937      <address><email></email></address>
3938    </author>
3939    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
3940      <organization/>
3941      <address><email></email></address>
3942    </author>
3943    <author initials="G." surname="Randers-Pehrson" fullname="Glenn Randers-Pehrson">
3944      <organization/>
3945      <address><email></email></address>
3946    </author>
3947    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
3948  </front>
3949  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1952"/>
3950  <annotation>
3951    RFC 1952 is an Informational RFC, thus it may be less stable than
3952    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
3953    present since the publication of RFC 2068 in 1997 (<xref target="RFC2068"/>),
3954    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
3955    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
3956  </annotation>
3961<references title="Informative References">
3963<reference anchor="Nie1997" target="">
3964  <front>
3965    <title>Network Performance Effects of HTTP/1.1, CSS1, and PNG</title>
3966    <author initials="H.F.." surname="Nielsen" fullname="H.F. Nielsen">
3967      <organization/>
3968    </author>
3969    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys">
3970      <organization/>
3971    </author>
3972    <author initials="E." surname="Prud'hommeaux" fullname="E. Prud'hommeaux">
3973      <organization/>
3974    </author>
3975    <author initials="H." surname="Lie" fullname="H. Lie">
3976      <organization/>
3977    </author>
3978    <author initials="C." surname="Lilley" fullname="C. Lilley">
3979      <organization/>
3980    </author>
3981    <date year="1997" month="September"/>
3982  </front>
3983  <seriesInfo name="ACM" value="Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM '97 conference on Applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication SIGCOMM '97"/>
3986<reference anchor="Pad1995" target="">
3987  <front>
3988    <title>Improving HTTP Latency</title>
3989    <author initials="V.N." surname="Padmanabhan" fullname="Venkata N. Padmanabhan">
3990      <organization/>
3991    </author>
3992    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3993      <organization/>
3994    </author>
3995    <date year="1995" month="December"/>
3996  </front>
3997  <seriesInfo name="Computer Networks and ISDN Systems" value="v. 28, pp. 25-35"/>
4000<reference anchor="RFC1123">
4001  <front>
4002    <title>Requirements for Internet Hosts - Application and Support</title>
4003    <author initials="R." surname="Braden" fullname="Robert Braden">
4004      <organization>University of Southern California (USC), Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4005      <address><email>Braden@ISI.EDU</email></address>
4006    </author>
4007    <date month="October" year="1989"/>
4008  </front>
4009  <seriesInfo name="STD" value="3"/>
4010  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1123"/>
4013<reference anchor="RFC1305">
4014  <front>
4015    <title>Network Time Protocol (Version 3) Specification, Implementation</title>
4016    <author initials="D." surname="Mills" fullname="David L. Mills">
4017      <organization>University of Delaware, Electrical Engineering Department</organization>
4018      <address><email></email></address>
4019    </author>
4020    <date month="March" year="1992"/>
4021  </front>
4022  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1305"/>
4025<reference anchor="RFC1900">
4026  <front>
4027    <title>Renumbering Needs Work</title>
4028    <author initials="B." surname="Carpenter" fullname="Brian E. Carpenter">
4029      <organization>CERN, Computing and Networks Division</organization>
4030      <address><email></email></address>
4031    </author>
4032    <author initials="Y." surname="Rekhter" fullname="Yakov Rekhter">
4033      <organization>cisco Systems</organization>
4034      <address><email></email></address>
4035    </author>
4036    <date month="February" year="1996"/>
4037  </front>
4038  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1900"/>
4041<reference anchor="RFC1945">
4042  <front>
4043    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.0">Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.0</title>
4044    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4045      <organization>MIT, Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4046      <address><email></email></address>
4047    </author>
4048    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4049      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4050      <address><email></email></address>
4051    </author>
4052    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4053      <organization>W3 Consortium, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4054      <address><email></email></address>
4055    </author>
4056    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4057  </front>
4058  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1945"/>
4061<reference anchor="RFC2045">
4062  <front>
4063    <title abbrev="Internet Message Bodies">Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies</title>
4064    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="Ned Freed">
4065      <organization>Innosoft International, Inc.</organization>
4066      <address><email></email></address>
4067    </author>
4068    <author initials="N.S." surname="Borenstein" fullname="Nathaniel S. Borenstein">
4069      <organization>First Virtual Holdings</organization>
4070      <address><email></email></address>
4071    </author>
4072    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4073  </front>
4074  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2045"/>
4077<reference anchor="RFC2047">
4078  <front>
4079    <title abbrev="Message Header Extensions">MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Three: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text</title>
4080    <author initials="K." surname="Moore" fullname="Keith Moore">
4081      <organization>University of Tennessee</organization>
4082      <address><email></email></address>
4083    </author>
4084    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4085  </front>
4086  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2047"/>
4089<reference anchor="RFC2068">
4090  <front>
4091    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4092    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4093      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4094      <address><email></email></address>
4095    </author>
4096    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4097      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4098      <address><email></email></address>
4099    </author>
4100    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4101      <organization>Digital Equipment Corporation, Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4102      <address><email></email></address>
4103    </author>
4104    <author initials="H." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4105      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4106      <address><email></email></address>
4107    </author>
4108    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4109      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4110      <address><email></email></address>
4111    </author>
4112    <date month="January" year="1997"/>
4113  </front>
4114  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2068"/>
4117<reference anchor='RFC2109'>
4118  <front>
4119    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4120    <author initials='D.M.' surname='Kristol' fullname='David M. Kristol'>
4121      <organization>Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies</organization>
4122      <address><email></email></address>
4123    </author>
4124    <author initials='L.' surname='Montulli' fullname='Lou Montulli'>
4125      <organization>Netscape Communications Corp.</organization>
4126      <address><email></email></address>
4127    </author>
4128    <date year='1997' month='February' />
4129  </front>
4130  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2109' />
4133<reference anchor="RFC2145">
4134  <front>
4135    <title abbrev="HTTP Version Numbers">Use and Interpretation of HTTP Version Numbers</title>
4136    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4137      <organization>Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4138      <address><email></email></address>
4139    </author>
4140    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4141      <organization>Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4142      <address><email></email></address>
4143    </author>
4144    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4145      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4146      <address><email></email></address>
4147    </author>
4148    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4149      <organization>W3 Consortium</organization>
4150      <address><email></email></address>
4151    </author>
4152    <date month="May" year="1997"/>
4153  </front>
4154  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2145"/>
4157<reference anchor="RFC2616">
4158  <front>
4159    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4160    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="R. Fielding">
4161      <organization>University of California, Irvine</organization>
4162      <address><email></email></address>
4163    </author>
4164    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys">
4165      <organization>W3C</organization>
4166      <address><email></email></address>
4167    </author>
4168    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="J. Mogul">
4169      <organization>Compaq Computer Corporation</organization>
4170      <address><email></email></address>
4171    </author>
4172    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="H. Frystyk">
4173      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4174      <address><email></email></address>
4175    </author>
4176    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="L. Masinter">
4177      <organization>Xerox Corporation</organization>
4178      <address><email></email></address>
4179    </author>
4180    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="P. Leach">
4181      <organization>Microsoft Corporation</organization>
4182      <address><email></email></address>
4183    </author>
4184    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="T. Berners-Lee">
4185      <organization>W3C</organization>
4186      <address><email></email></address>
4187    </author>
4188    <date month="June" year="1999"/>
4189  </front>
4190  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2616"/>
4193<reference anchor='RFC2817'>
4194  <front>
4195    <title>Upgrading to TLS Within HTTP/1.1</title>
4196    <author initials='R.' surname='Khare' fullname='R. Khare'>
4197      <organization>4K Associates / UC Irvine</organization>
4198      <address><email></email></address>
4199    </author>
4200    <author initials='S.' surname='Lawrence' fullname='S. Lawrence'>
4201      <organization>Agranat Systems, Inc.</organization>
4202      <address><email></email></address>
4203    </author>
4204    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4205  </front>
4206  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2817' />
4209<reference anchor='RFC2818'>
4210  <front>
4211    <title>HTTP Over TLS</title>
4212    <author initials='E.' surname='Rescorla' fullname='Eric Rescorla'>
4213      <organization>RTFM, Inc.</organization>
4214      <address><email></email></address>
4215    </author>
4216    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4217  </front>
4218  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2818' />
4221<reference anchor='RFC2965'>
4222  <front>
4223    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4224    <author initials='D. M.' surname='Kristol' fullname='David M. Kristol'>
4225      <organization>Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies</organization>
4226      <address><email></email></address>
4227    </author>
4228    <author initials='L.' surname='Montulli' fullname='Lou Montulli'>
4229      <organization>, Inc.</organization>
4230      <address><email></email></address>
4231    </author>
4232    <date year='2000' month='October' />
4233  </front>
4234  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2965' />
4237<reference anchor='RFC3864'>
4238  <front>
4239    <title>Registration Procedures for Message Header Fields</title>
4240    <author initials='G.' surname='Klyne' fullname='G. Klyne'>
4241      <organization>Nine by Nine</organization>
4242      <address><email></email></address>
4243    </author>
4244    <author initials='M.' surname='Nottingham' fullname='M. Nottingham'>
4245      <organization>BEA Systems</organization>
4246      <address><email></email></address>
4247    </author>
4248    <author initials='J.' surname='Mogul' fullname='J. Mogul'>
4249      <organization>HP Labs</organization>
4250      <address><email></email></address>
4251    </author>
4252    <date year='2004' month='September' />
4253  </front>
4254  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='90' />
4255  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='3864' />
4258<reference anchor="RFC4288">
4259  <front>
4260    <title>Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures</title>
4261    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="N. Freed">
4262      <organization>Sun Microsystems</organization>
4263      <address>
4264        <email></email>
4265      </address>
4266    </author>
4267    <author initials="J." surname="Klensin" fullname="J. Klensin">
4268      <organization/>
4269      <address>
4270        <email></email>
4271      </address>
4272    </author>
4273    <date year="2005" month="December"/>
4274  </front>
4275  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="13"/>
4276  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="4288"/>
4279<reference anchor='RFC4395'>
4280  <front>
4281    <title>Guidelines and Registration Procedures for New URI Schemes</title>
4282    <author initials='T.' surname='Hansen' fullname='T. Hansen'>
4283      <organization>AT&amp;T Laboratories</organization>
4284      <address>
4285        <email></email>
4286      </address>
4287    </author>
4288    <author initials='T.' surname='Hardie' fullname='T. Hardie'>
4289      <organization>Qualcomm, Inc.</organization>
4290      <address>
4291        <email></email>
4292      </address>
4293    </author>
4294    <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='L. Masinter'>
4295      <organization>Adobe Systems</organization>
4296      <address>
4297        <email></email>
4298      </address>
4299    </author>
4300    <date year='2006' month='February' />
4301  </front>
4302  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='115' />
4303  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4395' />
4306<reference anchor='RFC5226'>
4307  <front>
4308    <title>Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs</title>
4309    <author initials='T.' surname='Narten' fullname='T. Narten'>
4310      <organization>IBM</organization>
4311      <address><email></email></address>
4312    </author>
4313    <author initials='H.' surname='Alvestrand' fullname='H. Alvestrand'>
4314      <organization>Google</organization>
4315      <address><email></email></address>
4316    </author>
4317    <date year='2008' month='May' />
4318  </front>
4319  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='26' />
4320  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='5226' />
4323<reference anchor="RFC5322">
4324  <front>
4325    <title>Internet Message Format</title>
4326    <author initials="P." surname="Resnick" fullname="P. Resnick">
4327      <organization>Qualcomm Incorporated</organization>
4328    </author>
4329    <date year="2008" month="October"/>
4330  </front>
4331  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5322"/>
4334<reference anchor='BCP97'>
4335  <front>
4336    <title>Handling Normative References to Standards-Track Documents</title>
4337    <author initials='J.' surname='Klensin' fullname='J. Klensin'>
4338      <organization />
4339      <address>
4340        <email></email>
4341      </address>
4342    </author>
4343    <author initials='S.' surname='Hartman' fullname='S. Hartman'>
4344      <organization>MIT</organization>
4345      <address>
4346        <email></email>
4347      </address>
4348    </author>
4349    <date year='2007' month='June' />
4350  </front>
4351  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='97' />
4352  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4897' />
4355<reference anchor="Kri2001" target="">
4356  <front>
4357    <title>HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics</title>
4358    <author initials="D." surname="Kristol" fullname="David M. Kristol">
4359      <organization/>
4360    </author>
4361    <date year="2001" month="November"/>
4362  </front>
4363  <seriesInfo name="ACM Transactions on Internet Technology" value="Vol. 1, #2"/>
4366<reference anchor="Spe" target="">
4367  <front>
4368  <title>Analysis of HTTP Performance Problems</title>
4369  <author initials="S." surname="Spero" fullname="Simon E. Spero">
4370    <organization/>
4371  </author>
4372  <date/>
4373  </front>
4376<reference anchor="Tou1998" target="">
4377  <front>
4378  <title>Analysis of HTTP Performance</title>
4379  <author initials="J." surname="Touch" fullname="Joe Touch">
4380    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4381    <address><email></email></address>
4382  </author>
4383  <author initials="J." surname="Heidemann" fullname="John Heidemann">
4384    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4385    <address><email></email></address>
4386  </author>
4387  <author initials="K." surname="Obraczka" fullname="Katia Obraczka">
4388    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4389    <address><email></email></address>
4390  </author>
4391  <date year="1998" month="Aug"/>
4392  </front>
4393  <seriesInfo name="ISI Research Report" value="ISI/RR-98-463"/>
4394  <annotation>(original report dated Aug. 1996)</annotation>
4400<section title="Tolerant Applications" anchor="tolerant.applications">
4402   Although this document specifies the requirements for the generation
4403   of HTTP/1.1 messages, not all applications will be correct in their
4404   implementation. We therefore recommend that operational applications
4405   be tolerant of deviations whenever those deviations can be
4406   interpreted unambiguously.
4409   Clients &SHOULD; be tolerant in parsing the Status-Line and servers
4410   tolerant when parsing the Request-Line. In particular, they &SHOULD;
4411   accept any amount of WSP characters between fields, even though
4412   only a single SP is required.
4415   The line terminator for header fields is the sequence CRLF.
4416   However, we recommend that applications, when parsing such headers,
4417   recognize a single LF as a line terminator and ignore the leading CR.
4420   The character set of an entity-body &SHOULD; be labeled as the lowest
4421   common denominator of the character codes used within that body, with
4422   the exception that not labeling the entity is preferred over labeling
4423   the entity with the labels US-ASCII or ISO-8859-1. See &payload;.
4426   Additional rules for requirements on parsing and encoding of dates
4427   and other potential problems with date encodings include:
4430  <list style="symbols">
4431     <t>HTTP/1.1 clients and caches &SHOULD; assume that an RFC-850 date
4432        which appears to be more than 50 years in the future is in fact
4433        in the past (this helps solve the "year 2000" problem).</t>
4435     <t>An HTTP/1.1 implementation &MAY; internally represent a parsed
4436        Expires date as earlier than the proper value, but &MUST-NOT;
4437        internally represent a parsed Expires date as later than the
4438        proper value.</t>
4440     <t>All expiration-related calculations &MUST; be done in GMT. The
4441        local time zone &MUST-NOT; influence the calculation or comparison
4442        of an age or expiration time.</t>
4444     <t>If an HTTP header incorrectly carries a date value with a time
4445        zone other than GMT, it &MUST; be converted into GMT using the
4446        most conservative possible conversion.</t>
4447  </list>
4451<section title="Compatibility with Previous Versions" anchor="compatibility">
4453   HTTP has been in use by the World-Wide Web global information initiative
4454   since 1990. The first version of HTTP, later referred to as HTTP/0.9,
4455   was a simple protocol for hypertext data transfer across the Internet
4456   with only a single method and no metadata.
4457   HTTP/1.0, as defined by <xref target="RFC1945"/>, added a range of request
4458   methods and MIME-like messaging that could include metadata about the data
4459   transferred and modifiers on the request/response semantics. However,
4460   HTTP/1.0 did not sufficiently take into consideration the effects of
4461   hierarchical proxies, caching, the need for persistent connections, or
4462   name-based virtual hosts. The proliferation of incompletely-implemented
4463   applications calling themselves "HTTP/1.0" further necessitated a
4464   protocol version change in order for two communicating applications
4465   to determine each other's true capabilities.
4468   HTTP/1.1 remains compatible with HTTP/1.0 by including more stringent
4469   requirements that enable reliable implementations, adding only
4470   those new features that will either be safely ignored by an HTTP/1.0
4471   recipient or only sent when communicating with a party advertising
4472   compliance with HTTP/1.1.
4475   It is beyond the scope of a protocol specification to mandate
4476   compliance with previous versions. HTTP/1.1 was deliberately
4477   designed, however, to make supporting previous versions easy. It is
4478   worth noting that, at the time of composing this specification, we would
4479   expect general-purpose HTTP/1.1 servers to:
4480  <list style="symbols">
4481     <t>understand any valid request in the format of HTTP/1.0 and
4482        1.1;</t>
4484     <t>respond appropriately with a message in the same major version
4485        used by the client.</t>
4486  </list>
4489   And we would expect HTTP/1.1 clients to:
4490  <list style="symbols">
4491     <t>understand any valid response in the format of HTTP/1.0 or
4492        1.1.</t>
4493  </list>
4496   For most implementations of HTTP/1.0, each connection is established
4497   by the client prior to the request and closed by the server after
4498   sending the response. Some implementations implement the Keep-Alive
4499   version of persistent connections described in <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>.
4502<section title="Changes from HTTP/1.0" anchor="changes.from.1.0">
4504   This section summarizes major differences between versions HTTP/1.0
4505   and HTTP/1.1.
4508<section title="Changes to Simplify Multi-homed Web Servers and Conserve IP Addresses" anchor="">
4510   The requirements that clients and servers support the Host request-header,
4511   report an error if the Host request-header (<xref target=""/>) is
4512   missing from an HTTP/1.1 request, and accept absolute URIs (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4513   are among the most important changes defined by this
4514   specification.
4517   Older HTTP/1.0 clients assumed a one-to-one relationship of IP
4518   addresses and servers; there was no other established mechanism for
4519   distinguishing the intended server of a request than the IP address
4520   to which that request was directed. The changes outlined above will
4521   allow the Internet, once older HTTP clients are no longer common, to
4522   support multiple Web sites from a single IP address, greatly
4523   simplifying large operational Web servers, where allocation of many
4524   IP addresses to a single host has created serious problems. The
4525   Internet will also be able to recover the IP addresses that have been
4526   allocated for the sole purpose of allowing special-purpose domain
4527   names to be used in root-level HTTP URLs. Given the rate of growth of
4528   the Web, and the number of servers already deployed, it is extremely
4529   important that all implementations of HTTP (including updates to
4530   existing HTTP/1.0 applications) correctly implement these
4531   requirements:
4532  <list style="symbols">
4533     <t>Both clients and servers &MUST; support the Host request-header.</t>
4535     <t>A client that sends an HTTP/1.1 request &MUST; send a Host header.</t>
4537     <t>Servers &MUST; report a 400 (Bad Request) error if an HTTP/1.1
4538        request does not include a Host request-header.</t>
4540     <t>Servers &MUST; accept absolute URIs.</t>
4541  </list>
4546<section title="Compatibility with HTTP/1.0 Persistent Connections" anchor="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections">
4548   Some clients and servers might wish to be compatible with some
4549   previous implementations of persistent connections in HTTP/1.0
4550   clients and servers. Persistent connections in HTTP/1.0 are
4551   explicitly negotiated as they are not the default behavior. HTTP/1.0
4552   experimental implementations of persistent connections are faulty,
4553   and the new facilities in HTTP/1.1 are designed to rectify these
4554   problems. The problem was that some existing 1.0 clients may be
4555   sending Keep-Alive to a proxy server that doesn't understand
4556   Connection, which would then erroneously forward it to the next
4557   inbound server, which would establish the Keep-Alive connection and
4558   result in a hung HTTP/1.0 proxy waiting for the close on the
4559   response. The result is that HTTP/1.0 clients must be prevented from
4560   using Keep-Alive when talking to proxies.
4563   However, talking to proxies is the most important use of persistent
4564   connections, so that prohibition is clearly unacceptable. Therefore,
4565   we need some other mechanism for indicating a persistent connection
4566   is desired, which is safe to use even when talking to an old proxy
4567   that ignores Connection. Persistent connections are the default for
4568   HTTP/1.1 messages; we introduce a new keyword (Connection: close) for
4569   declaring non-persistence. See <xref target="header.connection"/>.
4572   The original HTTP/1.0 form of persistent connections (the Connection:
4573   Keep-Alive and Keep-Alive header) is documented in <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>.
4577<section title="Changes from RFC 2068" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2068">
4579   This specification has been carefully audited to correct and
4580   disambiguate key word usage; RFC 2068 had many problems in respect to
4581   the conventions laid out in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
4584   Transfer-coding and message lengths all interact in ways that
4585   required fixing exactly when chunked encoding is used (to allow for
4586   transfer encoding that may not be self delimiting); it was important
4587   to straighten out exactly how message lengths are computed. (Sections
4588   <xref target="transfer.codings" format="counter"/>, <xref target="message.length" format="counter"/>,
4589   <xref target="header.content-length" format="counter"/>,
4590   see also <xref target="Part3"/>, <xref target="Part5"/> and <xref target="Part6"/>)
4593   The use and interpretation of HTTP version numbers has been clarified
4594   by <xref target="RFC2145"/>. Require proxies to upgrade requests to highest protocol
4595   version they support to deal with problems discovered in HTTP/1.0
4596   implementations (<xref target="http.version"/>)
4599   Quality Values of zero should indicate that "I don't want something"
4600   to allow clients to refuse a representation. (<xref target="quality.values"/>)
4603   Transfer-coding had significant problems, particularly with
4604   interactions with chunked encoding. The solution is that transfer-codings
4605   become as full fledged as content-codings. This involves
4606   adding an IANA registry for transfer-codings (separate from content
4607   codings), a new header field (TE) and enabling trailer headers in the
4608   future. Transfer encoding is a major performance benefit, so it was
4609   worth fixing <xref target="Nie1997"/>. TE also solves another, obscure, downward
4610   interoperability problem that could have occurred due to interactions
4611   between authentication trailers, chunked encoding and HTTP/1.0
4612   clients.(Section <xref target="transfer.codings" format="counter"/>, <xref target="chunked.encoding" format="counter"/>,
4613   and <xref target="header.te" format="counter"/>)
4617<section title="Changes from RFC 2616" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2616">
4619  Empty list elements in list productions have been deprecated.
4620  (<xref target="notation.abnf"/>)
4623  Rules about implicit linear whitespace between certain grammar productions
4624  have been removed; now it's only allowed when specifically pointed out
4625  in the ABNF. The NUL character is no longer allowed in comment and quoted-string
4626  text. The quoted-pair rule no longer allows escaping control characters other than HTAB.
4627  Non-ASCII content in header fields and reason phrase has been obsoleted and
4628  made opaque (the TEXT rule was removed)
4629  (<xref target="basic.rules"/>)
4632  Clarify that HTTP-Version is case sensitive.
4633  (<xref target="http.version"/>)
4636  Remove reference to non-existant identity transfer-coding value tokens.
4637  (Sections <xref format="counter" target="transfer.codings"/> and
4638  <xref format="counter" target="message.length"/>)
4641  Clarification that the chunk length does not include
4642  the count of the octets in the chunk header and trailer.
4643  (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
4646  Require that invalid whitespace around field-names be rejected.
4647  (<xref target="header.fields"/>)
4650  Update use of abs_path production from RFC1808 to the path-absolute + query
4651  components of RFC3986.
4652  (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4655  Clarify exactly when close connection options must be sent.
4656  (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
4661<?BEGININC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
4662<section xmlns:x="" title="Collected ABNF" anchor="collected.abnf">
4664<artwork type="abnf" name="p1-messaging.parsed-abnf">
4665<x:ref>BWS</x:ref> = OWS
4667<x:ref>Cache-Control</x:ref> = &lt;Cache-Control, defined in [Part6], Section 3.4&gt;
4668<x:ref>Chunked-Body</x:ref> = *chunk last-chunk trailer-part CRLF
4669<x:ref>Connection</x:ref> = "Connection:" OWS Connection-v
4670<x:ref>Connection-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) connection-token *( OWS "," [ OWS
4671 connection-token ] )
4672<x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> = "Content-Length:" OWS 1*Content-Length-v
4673<x:ref>Content-Length-v</x:ref> = 1*DIGIT
4675<x:ref>Date</x:ref> = "Date:" OWS Date-v
4676<x:ref>Date-v</x:ref> = HTTP-date
4678<x:ref>GMT</x:ref> = %x47.4D.54 ; GMT
4680<x:ref>HTTP-Prot-Name</x:ref> = %x48.54.54.50 ; HTTP
4681<x:ref>HTTP-Version</x:ref> = HTTP-Prot-Name "/" 1*DIGIT "." 1*DIGIT
4682<x:ref>HTTP-date</x:ref> = rfc1123-date / obs-date
4683<x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref> = start-line *( header-field CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body
4684 ]
4685<x:ref>Host</x:ref> = "Host:" OWS Host-v
4686<x:ref>Host-v</x:ref> = uri-host [ ":" port ]
4688<x:ref>Method</x:ref> = token
4690<x:ref>OWS</x:ref> = *( [ obs-fold ] WSP )
4692<x:ref>Pragma</x:ref> = &lt;Pragma, defined in [Part6], Section 3.4&gt;
4694<x:ref>RWS</x:ref> = 1*( [ obs-fold ] WSP )
4695<x:ref>Reason-Phrase</x:ref> = *( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
4696<x:ref>Request</x:ref> = Request-Line *( ( general-header / request-header /
4697 entity-header ) CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body ]
4698<x:ref>Request-Line</x:ref> = Method SP request-target SP HTTP-Version CRLF
4699<x:ref>Response</x:ref> = Status-Line *( ( general-header / response-header /
4700 entity-header ) CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body ]
4702<x:ref>Status-Code</x:ref> = 3DIGIT
4703<x:ref>Status-Line</x:ref> = HTTP-Version SP Status-Code SP Reason-Phrase CRLF
4705<x:ref>TE</x:ref> = "TE:" OWS TE-v
4706<x:ref>TE-v</x:ref> = [ ( "," / t-codings ) *( OWS "," [ OWS t-codings ] ) ]
4707<x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> = "Trailer:" OWS Trailer-v
4708<x:ref>Trailer-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) field-name *( OWS "," [ OWS field-name ] )
4709<x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> = "Transfer-Encoding:" OWS Transfer-Encoding-v
4710<x:ref>Transfer-Encoding-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) transfer-coding *( OWS "," [ OWS
4711 transfer-coding ] )
4713<x:ref>URI</x:ref> = &lt;URI, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3&gt;
4714<x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.1&gt;
4715<x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> = "Upgrade:" OWS Upgrade-v
4716<x:ref>Upgrade-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) product *( OWS "," [ OWS product ] )
4718<x:ref>Via</x:ref> = "Via:" OWS Via-v
4719<x:ref>Via-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS comment
4720 ] *( OWS "," [ OWS received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS comment ]
4721 ] )
4723<x:ref>Warning</x:ref> = &lt;Warning, defined in [Part6], Section 3.6&gt;
4725<x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref> = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.3&gt;
4726<x:ref>asctime-date</x:ref> = day-name SP date3 SP time-of-day SP year
4727<x:ref>attribute</x:ref> = token
4728<x:ref>authority</x:ref> = &lt;authority, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2&gt;
4730<x:ref>chunk</x:ref> = chunk-size *WSP [ chunk-ext ] CRLF chunk-data CRLF
4731<x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> = 1*OCTET
4732<x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> = *( ";" *WSP chunk-ext-name [ "=" chunk-ext-val ] *WSP )
4733<x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = token
4734<x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> = token / quoted-string
4735<x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> = 1*HEXDIG
4736<x:ref>comment</x:ref> = "(" *( ctext / quoted-pair / comment ) ")"
4737<x:ref>connection-token</x:ref> = token
4738<x:ref>ctext</x:ref> = OWS / %x21-27 ; '!'-'''
4739 / %x2A-5B ; '*'-'['
4740 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
4741 / obs-text
4743<x:ref>date1</x:ref> = day SP month SP year
4744<x:ref>date2</x:ref> = day "-" month "-" 2DIGIT
4745<x:ref>date3</x:ref> = month SP ( 2DIGIT / ( SP DIGIT ) )
4746<x:ref>day</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4747<x:ref>day-name</x:ref> = %x4D.6F.6E ; Mon
4748 / %x54.75.65 ; Tue
4749 / %x57.65.64 ; Wed
4750 / %x54.68.75 ; Thu
4751 / %x46.72.69 ; Fri
4752 / %x53.61.74 ; Sat
4753 / %x53.75.6E ; Sun
4754<x:ref>day-name-l</x:ref> = %x4D.6F.6E.64.61.79 ; Monday
4755 / %x54. ; Tuesday
4756 / %x57.65.64.6E. ; Wednesday
4757 / %x54. ; Thursday
4758 / %x46. ; Friday
4759 / %x53. ; Saturday
4760 / %x53.75.6E.64.61.79 ; Sunday
4762<x:ref>entity-body</x:ref> = &lt;entity-body, defined in [Part3], Section 3.2&gt;
4763<x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> = &lt;entity-header, defined in [Part3], Section 3.1&gt;
4765<x:ref>field-content</x:ref> = *( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
4766<x:ref>field-name</x:ref> = token
4767<x:ref>field-value</x:ref> = *( field-content / OWS )
4769<x:ref>general-header</x:ref> = Cache-Control / Connection / Date / Pragma / Trailer
4770 / Transfer-Encoding / Upgrade / Via / Warning
4772<x:ref>header-field</x:ref> = field-name ":" OWS [ field-value ] OWS
4773<x:ref>hour</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4774<x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
4775<x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
4777<x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref> = 1*"0" *WSP [ chunk-ext ] CRLF
4779<x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = entity-body /
4780 &lt;entity-body encoded as per Transfer-Encoding&gt;
4781<x:ref>minute</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4782<x:ref>month</x:ref> = %x4A.61.6E ; Jan
4783 / %x46.65.62 ; Feb
4784 / %x4D.61.72 ; Mar
4785 / %x41.70.72 ; Apr
4786 / %x4D.61.79 ; May
4787 / %x4A.75.6E ; Jun
4788 / %x4A.75.6C ; Jul
4789 / %x41.75.67 ; Aug
4790 / %x53.65.70 ; Sep
4791 / %x4F.63.74 ; Oct
4792 / %x4E.6F.76 ; Nov
4793 / %x44.65.63 ; Dec
4795<x:ref>obs-date</x:ref> = rfc850-date / asctime-date
4796<x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref> = CRLF
4797<x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> = %x80-FF
4799<x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref> = relative-part [ "?" query ]
4800<x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> = &lt;path-abempty, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
4801<x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
4802<x:ref>port</x:ref> = &lt;port, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.3&gt;
4803<x:ref>product</x:ref> = token [ "/" product-version ]
4804<x:ref>product-version</x:ref> = token
4805<x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> = token
4806<x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref> = token
4807<x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref> = token
4809<x:ref>qdtext</x:ref> = OWS / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
4810 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
4811 / obs-text
4812<x:ref>query</x:ref> = &lt;query, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.4&gt;
4813<x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> = "\" ( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
4814<x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
4815<x:ref>qvalue</x:ref> = ( "0" [ "." *3DIGIT ] ) / ( "1" [ "." *3"0" ] )
4817<x:ref>received-by</x:ref> = ( uri-host [ ":" port ] ) / pseudonym
4818<x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ protocol-name "/" ] protocol-version
4819<x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.2&gt;
4820<x:ref>request-header</x:ref> = &lt;request-header, defined in [Part2], Section 3&gt;
4821<x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = "*" / absolute-URI / ( path-absolute [ "?" query ] )
4822 / authority
4823<x:ref>response-header</x:ref> = &lt;response-header, defined in [Part2], Section 5&gt;
4824<x:ref>rfc1123-date</x:ref> = day-name "," SP date1 SP time-of-day SP GMT
4825<x:ref>rfc850-date</x:ref> = day-name-l "," SP date2 SP time-of-day SP GMT
4827<x:ref>second</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4828<x:ref>start-line</x:ref> = Request-Line / Status-Line
4830<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( transfer-extension [ te-params ] )
4831<x:ref>tchar</x:ref> = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*" / "+" / "-" / "." /
4832 "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~" / DIGIT / ALPHA
4833<x:ref>te-ext</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS token [ "=" ( token / quoted-string ) ]
4834<x:ref>te-params</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS "q=" qvalue *te-ext
4835<x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> = hour ":" minute ":" second
4836<x:ref>token</x:ref> = 1*tchar
4837<x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref> = *( entity-header CRLF )
4838<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref> = "chunked" / "compress" / "deflate" / "gzip" /
4839 transfer-extension
4840<x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> = token *( OWS ";" OWS transfer-parameter )
4841<x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> = attribute BWS "=" BWS value
4843<x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> = &lt;host, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.2&gt;
4845<x:ref>value</x:ref> = token / quoted-string
4847<x:ref>year</x:ref> = 4DIGIT
4850<figure><preamble>ABNF diagnostics:</preamble><artwork type="inline">
4851; Chunked-Body defined but not used
4852; Content-Length defined but not used
4853; HTTP-message defined but not used
4854; Host defined but not used
4855; Request defined but not used
4856; Response defined but not used
4857; TE defined but not used
4858; URI defined but not used
4859; URI-reference defined but not used
4860; http-URI defined but not used
4861; https-URI defined but not used
4862; partial-URI defined but not used
4864<?ENDINC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
4866<section title="Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)" anchor="change.log">
4868<section title="Since RFC2616">
4870  Extracted relevant partitions from <xref target="RFC2616"/>.
4874<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-00">
4876  Closed issues:
4877  <list style="symbols">
4878    <t>
4879      <eref target=""/>:
4880      "HTTP Version should be case sensitive"
4881      (<eref target=""/>)
4882    </t>
4883    <t>
4884      <eref target=""/>:
4885      "'unsafe' characters"
4886      (<eref target=""/>)
4887    </t>
4888    <t>
4889      <eref target=""/>:
4890      "Chunk Size Definition"
4891      (<eref target=""/>)
4892    </t>
4893    <t>
4894      <eref target=""/>:
4895      "Message Length"
4896      (<eref target=""/>)
4897    </t>
4898    <t>
4899      <eref target=""/>:
4900      "Media Type Registrations"
4901      (<eref target=""/>)
4902    </t>
4903    <t>
4904      <eref target=""/>:
4905      "URI includes query"
4906      (<eref target=""/>)
4907    </t>
4908    <t>
4909      <eref target=""/>:
4910      "No close on 1xx responses"
4911      (<eref target=""/>)
4912    </t>
4913    <t>
4914      <eref target=""/>:
4915      "Remove 'identity' token references"
4916      (<eref target=""/>)
4917    </t>
4918    <t>
4919      <eref target=""/>:
4920      "Import query BNF"
4921    </t>
4922    <t>
4923      <eref target=""/>:
4924      "qdtext BNF"
4925    </t>
4926    <t>
4927      <eref target=""/>:
4928      "Normative and Informative references"
4929    </t>
4930    <t>
4931      <eref target=""/>:
4932      "RFC2606 Compliance"
4933    </t>
4934    <t>
4935      <eref target=""/>:
4936      "RFC977 reference"
4937    </t>
4938    <t>
4939      <eref target=""/>:
4940      "RFC1700 references"
4941    </t>
4942    <t>
4943      <eref target=""/>:
4944      "inconsistency in date format explanation"
4945    </t>
4946    <t>
4947      <eref target=""/>:
4948      "Date reference typo"
4949    </t>
4950    <t>
4951      <eref target=""/>:
4952      "Informative references"
4953    </t>
4954    <t>
4955      <eref target=""/>:
4956      "ISO-8859-1 Reference"
4957    </t>
4958    <t>
4959      <eref target=""/>:
4960      "Normative up-to-date references"
4961    </t>
4962  </list>
4965  Other changes:
4966  <list style="symbols">
4967    <t>
4968      Update media type registrations to use RFC4288 template.
4969    </t>
4970    <t>
4971      Use names of RFC4234 core rules DQUOTE and WSP,
4972      fix broken ABNF for chunk-data
4973      (work in progress on <eref target=""/>)
4974    </t>
4975  </list>
4979<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-01">
4981  Closed issues:
4982  <list style="symbols">
4983    <t>
4984      <eref target=""/>:
4985      "Bodies on GET (and other) requests"
4986    </t>
4987    <t>
4988      <eref target=""/>:
4989      "Updating to RFC4288"
4990    </t>
4991    <t>
4992      <eref target=""/>:
4993      "Status Code and Reason Phrase"
4994    </t>
4995    <t>
4996      <eref target=""/>:
4997      "rel_path not used"
4998    </t>
4999  </list>
5002  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5003  <list style="symbols">
5004    <t>
5005      Get rid of duplicate BNF rule names ("host" -> "uri-host", "trailer" ->
5006      "trailer-part").
5007    </t>
5008    <t>
5009      Avoid underscore character in rule names ("http_URL" ->
5010      "http-URL", "abs_path" -> "path-absolute").
5011    </t>
5012    <t>
5013      Add rules for terms imported from URI spec ("absoluteURI", "authority",
5014      "path-absolute", "port", "query", "relativeURI", "host) -- these will
5015      have to be updated when switching over to RFC3986.
5016    </t>
5017    <t>
5018      Synchronize core rules with RFC5234.
5019    </t>
5020    <t>
5021      Get rid of prose rules that span multiple lines.
5022    </t>
5023    <t>
5024      Get rid of unused rules LOALPHA and UPALPHA.
5025    </t>
5026    <t>
5027      Move "Product Tokens" section (back) into Part 1, as "token" is used
5028      in the definition of the Upgrade header.
5029    </t>
5030    <t>
5031      Add explicit references to BNF syntax and rules imported from other parts of the specification.
5032    </t>
5033    <t>
5034      Rewrite prose rule "token" in terms of "tchar", rewrite prose rule "TEXT".
5035    </t>
5036  </list>
5040<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-02" anchor="changes.since.02">
5042  Closed issues:
5043  <list style="symbols">
5044    <t>
5045      <eref target=""/>:
5046      "HTTP-date vs. rfc1123-date"
5047    </t>
5048    <t>
5049      <eref target=""/>:
5050      "WS in quoted-pair"
5051    </t>
5052  </list>
5055  Ongoing work on IANA Message Header Registration (<eref target=""/>):
5056  <list style="symbols">
5057    <t>
5058      Reference RFC 3984, and update header registrations for headers defined
5059      in this document.
5060    </t>
5061  </list>
5064  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5065  <list style="symbols">
5066    <t>
5067      Replace string literals when the string really is case-sensitive (HTTP-Version).
5068    </t>
5069  </list>
5073<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-03" anchor="changes.since.03">
5075  Closed issues:
5076  <list style="symbols">
5077    <t>
5078      <eref target=""/>:
5079      "Connection closing"
5080    </t>
5081    <t>
5082      <eref target=""/>:
5083      "Move registrations and registry information to IANA Considerations"
5084    </t>
5085    <t>
5086      <eref target=""/>:
5087      "need new URL for PAD1995 reference"
5088    </t>
5089    <t>
5090      <eref target=""/>:
5091      "IANA Considerations: update HTTP URI scheme registration"
5092    </t>
5093    <t>
5094      <eref target=""/>:
5095      "Cite HTTPS URI scheme definition"
5096    </t>
5097    <t>
5098      <eref target=""/>:
5099      "List-type headers vs Set-Cookie"
5100    </t>
5101  </list>
5104  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5105  <list style="symbols">
5106    <t>
5107      Replace string literals when the string really is case-sensitive (HTTP-Date).
5108    </t>
5109    <t>
5110      Replace HEX by HEXDIG for future consistence with RFC 5234's core rules.
5111    </t>
5112  </list>
5116<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-04" anchor="changes.since.04">
5118  Closed issues:
5119  <list style="symbols">
5120    <t>
5121      <eref target=""/>:
5122      "Out-of-date reference for URIs"
5123    </t>
5124    <t>
5125      <eref target=""/>:
5126      "RFC 2822 is updated by RFC 5322"
5127    </t>
5128  </list>
5131  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5132  <list style="symbols">
5133    <t>
5134      Use "/" instead of "|" for alternatives.
5135    </t>
5136    <t>
5137      Get rid of RFC822 dependency; use RFC5234 plus extensions instead.
5138    </t>
5139    <t>
5140      Only reference RFC 5234's core rules.
5141    </t>
5142    <t>
5143      Introduce new ABNF rules for "bad" whitespace ("BWS"), optional
5144      whitespace ("OWS") and required whitespace ("RWS").
5145    </t>
5146    <t>
5147      Rewrite ABNFs to spell out whitespace rules, factor out
5148      header value format definitions.
5149    </t>
5150  </list>
5154<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-05" anchor="changes.since.05">
5156  Closed issues:
5157  <list style="symbols">
5158    <t>
5159      <eref target=""/>:
5160      "Header LWS"
5161    </t>
5162    <t>
5163      <eref target=""/>:
5164      "Sort 1.3 Terminology"
5165    </t>
5166    <t>
5167      <eref target=""/>:
5168      "RFC2047 encoded words"
5169    </t>
5170    <t>
5171      <eref target=""/>:
5172      "Character Encodings in TEXT"
5173    </t>
5174    <t>
5175      <eref target=""/>:
5176      "Line Folding"
5177    </t>
5178    <t>
5179      <eref target=""/>:
5180      "OPTIONS * and proxies"
5181    </t>
5182    <t>
5183      <eref target=""/>:
5184      "Reason-Phrase BNF"
5185    </t>
5186    <t>
5187      <eref target=""/>:
5188      "Use of TEXT"
5189    </t>
5190    <t>
5191      <eref target=""/>:
5192      "Join "Differences Between HTTP Entities and RFC 2045 Entities"?"
5193    </t>
5194    <t>
5195      <eref target=""/>:
5196      "RFC822 reference left in discussion of date formats"
5197    </t>
5198  </list>
5201  Final work on ABNF conversion (<eref target=""/>):
5202  <list style="symbols">
5203    <t>
5204      Rewrite definition of list rules, deprecate empty list elements.
5205    </t>
5206    <t>
5207      Add appendix containing collected and expanded ABNF.
5208    </t>
5209  </list>
5212  Other changes:
5213  <list style="symbols">
5214    <t>
5215      Rewrite introduction; add mostly new Architecture Section.
5216    </t>
5217    <t>
5218      Move definition of quality values from Part 3 into Part 1;
5219      make TE request header grammar independent of accept-params (defined in Part 3).
5220    </t>
5221  </list>
5225<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-06" anchor="changes.since.06">
5227  Closed issues:
5228  <list style="symbols">
5229    <t>
5230      <eref target=""/>:
5231      "base for numeric protocol elements"
5232    </t>
5233    <t>
5234      <eref target=""/>:
5235      "comment ABNF"
5236    </t>
5237  </list>
5240  Partly resolved issues:
5241  <list style="symbols">
5242    <t>
5243      <eref target=""/>:
5244      "205 Bodies" (took out language that implied that there may be
5245      methods for which a request body MUST NOT be included)
5246    </t>
5247    <t>
5248      <eref target=""/>:
5249      "editorial improvements around HTTP-date"
5250    </t>
5251  </list>
5255<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-07" anchor="changes.since.07">
5257  Closed issues:
5258  <list style="symbols">
5259    <t>
5260      <eref target=""/>:
5261      "Repeating single-value headers"
5262    </t>
5263    <t>
5264      <eref target=""/>:
5265      "IP addresses in URLs"
5266    </t>
5267    <t>
5268      <eref target=""/>:
5269      "take over HTTP Upgrade Token Registry"
5270    </t>
5271    <t>
5272      <eref target=""/>:
5273      "HTTP/0.9 support"
5274    </t>
5275    <t>
5276      <eref target=""/>:
5277      "pick IANA policy (RFC5226) for Transfer Coding / Content Coding"
5278    </t>
5279    <t>
5280      <eref target=""/>:
5281      "move definitions of gzip/deflate/compress to part 1"
5282    </t>
5283    <t>
5284      <eref target=""/>:
5285      "disallow control characters in quoted-pair"
5286    </t>
5287  </list>
5290  Partly resolved issues:
5291  <list style="symbols">
5292    <t>
5293      <eref target=""/>:
5294      "update IANA requirements wrt Transfer-Coding values" (add the
5295      IANA Considerations subsection)
5296    </t>
5297    <t>
5298      <eref target=""/>:
5299      "disallow control characters in quoted-pair"
5300    </t>
5301  </list>
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