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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='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>MAY</bcp14>">
5  <!ENTITY MUST "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>MUST</bcp14>">
6  <!ENTITY MUST-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>MUST NOT</bcp14>">
7  <!ENTITY OPTIONAL "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>OPTIONAL</bcp14>">
8  <!ENTITY RECOMMENDED "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>RECOMMENDED</bcp14>">
9  <!ENTITY REQUIRED "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>REQUIRED</bcp14>">
10  <!ENTITY SHALL "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHALL</bcp14>">
11  <!ENTITY SHALL-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHALL NOT</bcp14>">
12  <!ENTITY SHOULD "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHOULD</bcp14>">
13  <!ENTITY SHOULD-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>SHOULD NOT</bcp14>">
14  <!ENTITY ID-VERSION "latest">
15  <!ENTITY ID-MONTH "May">
16  <!ENTITY ID-YEAR "2010">
17  <!ENTITY caching-overview       "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#caching.overview' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
18  <!ENTITY payload                "<xref target='Part3' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
19  <!ENTITY media-types            "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#media.types' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
20  <!ENTITY content-codings        "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#content.codings' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
21  <!ENTITY CONNECT                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#CONNECT' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
22  <!ENTITY content.negotiation    "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#content.negotiation' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
23  <!ENTITY diff2045entity         "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#differences.between.http.entities.and.rfc.2045.entities' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
24  <!ENTITY entity                 "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
25  <!ENTITY entity-body            "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity.body' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
26  <!ENTITY entity-header-fields   "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity.header.fields' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
27  <!ENTITY entity-length          "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity.length' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
28  <!ENTITY header-cache-control   "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.cache-control' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
29  <!ENTITY header-expect          "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#header.expect' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
30  <!ENTITY header-pragma          "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.pragma' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
31  <!ENTITY header-warning         "<xref target='Part6' x:rel='#header.warning' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
32  <!ENTITY idempotent-methods     "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#idempotent.methods' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
33  <!ENTITY request-header-fields  "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#request.header.fields' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
34  <!ENTITY response-header-fields "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#response.header.fields' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
35  <!ENTITY status-codes           "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.codes' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
36  <!ENTITY status-100             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.100' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
37  <!ENTITY status-1xx             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.1xx' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
38  <!ENTITY status-414             "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#status.414' xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'/>">
39]>
40<?rfc toc="yes" ?>
41<?rfc symrefs="yes" ?>
42<?rfc sortrefs="yes" ?>
43<?rfc compact="yes"?>
44<?rfc subcompact="no" ?>
45<?rfc linkmailto="no" ?>
46<?rfc editing="no" ?>
47<?rfc comments="yes"?>
48<?rfc inline="yes"?>
49<?rfc rfcedstyle="yes"?>
50<?rfc-ext allow-markup-in-artwork="yes" ?>
51<?rfc-ext include-references-in-index="yes" ?>
52<rfc obsoletes="2616" updates="2817" category="std" x:maturity-level="draft"
53     ipr="pre5378Trust200902" docName="draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-&ID-VERSION;"
54     xmlns:x='http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext'>
55<front>
56
57  <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1, Part 1">HTTP/1.1, part 1: URIs, Connections, and Message Parsing</title>
58
59  <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
60    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
61    <address>
62      <postal>
63        <street>23 Corporate Plaza DR, Suite 280</street>
64        <city>Newport Beach</city>
65        <region>CA</region>
66        <code>92660</code>
67        <country>USA</country>
68      </postal>
69      <phone>+1-949-706-5300</phone>
70      <facsimile>+1-949-706-5305</facsimile>
71      <email>fielding@gbiv.com</email>
72      <uri>http://roy.gbiv.com/</uri>
73    </address>
74  </author>
75
76  <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
77    <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
78    <address>
79      <postal>
80        <street>21 Oak Knoll Road</street>
81        <city>Carlisle</city>
82        <region>MA</region>
83        <code>01741</code>
84        <country>USA</country>
85      </postal>
86      <email>jg@laptop.org</email>
87      <uri>http://www.laptop.org/</uri>
88    </address>
89  </author>
90 
91  <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
92    <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
93    <address>
94      <postal>
95        <street>HP Labs, Large Scale Systems Group</street>
96        <street>1501 Page Mill Road, MS 1177</street>
97        <city>Palo Alto</city>
98        <region>CA</region>
99        <code>94304</code>
100        <country>USA</country>
101      </postal>
102      <email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email>
103    </address>
104  </author>
105
106  <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
107    <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
108    <address>
109      <postal>
110        <street>1 Microsoft Way</street>
111        <city>Redmond</city>
112        <region>WA</region>
113        <code>98052</code>
114        <country>USA</country>
115      </postal>
116      <email>henrikn@microsoft.com</email>
117    </address>
118  </author>
119
120  <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
121    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
122    <address>
123      <postal>
124        <street>345 Park Ave</street>
125        <city>San Jose</city>
126        <region>CA</region>
127        <code>95110</code>
128        <country>USA</country>
129      </postal>
130      <email>LMM@acm.org</email>
131      <uri>http://larry.masinter.net/</uri>
132    </address>
133  </author>
134 
135  <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
136    <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
137    <address>
138      <postal>
139        <street>1 Microsoft Way</street>
140        <city>Redmond</city>
141        <region>WA</region>
142        <code>98052</code>
143      </postal>
144      <email>paulle@microsoft.com</email>
145    </address>
146  </author>
147   
148  <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
149    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
150    <address>
151      <postal>
152        <street>MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory</street>
153        <street>The Stata Center, Building 32</street>
154        <street>32 Vassar Street</street>
155        <city>Cambridge</city>
156        <region>MA</region>
157        <code>02139</code>
158        <country>USA</country>
159      </postal>
160      <email>timbl@w3.org</email>
161      <uri>http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/</uri>
162    </address>
163  </author>
164
165  <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
166    <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
167    <address>
168      <postal>
169        <street>W3C / ERCIM</street>
170        <street>2004, rte des Lucioles</street>
171        <city>Sophia-Antipolis</city>
172        <region>AM</region>
173        <code>06902</code>
174        <country>France</country>
175      </postal>
176      <email>ylafon@w3.org</email>
177      <uri>http://www.raubacapeu.net/people/yves/</uri>
178    </address>
179  </author>
180
181  <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
182    <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
183    <address>
184      <postal>
185        <street>Hafenweg 16</street>
186        <city>Muenster</city><region>NW</region><code>48155</code>
187        <country>Germany</country>
188      </postal>
189      <phone>+49 251 2807760</phone>
190      <facsimile>+49 251 2807761</facsimile>
191      <email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email>
192      <uri>http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/</uri>
193    </address>
194  </author>
195
196  <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
197  <workgroup>HTTPbis Working Group</workgroup>
198
199<abstract>
200<t>
201   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
202   protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypertext information
203   systems. HTTP has been in use by the World Wide Web global information
204   initiative since 1990. This document is Part 1 of the seven-part specification
205   that defines the protocol referred to as "HTTP/1.1" and, taken together,
206   obsoletes RFC 2616.  Part 1 provides an overview of HTTP and
207   its associated terminology, defines the "http" and "https" Uniform
208   Resource Identifier (URI) schemes, defines the generic message syntax
209   and parsing requirements for HTTP message frames, and describes
210   general security concerns for implementations.
211</t>
212</abstract>
213
214<note title="Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)">
215  <t>
216    Discussion of this draft should take place on the HTTPBIS working group
217    mailing list (ietf-http-wg@w3.org). The current issues list is
218    at <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/report/11"/>
219    and related documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at
220    <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/"/>.
221  </t>
222  <t>
223    The changes in this draft are summarized in <xref target="changes.since.09"/>.
224  </t>
225</note>
226</front>
227<middle>
228<section title="Introduction" anchor="introduction">
229<t>
230   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
231   request/response protocol that uses extensible semantics and MIME-like
232   message payloads for flexible interaction with network-based hypertext
233   information systems. HTTP relies upon the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)
234   standard <xref target="RFC3986"/> to indicate request targets and
235   relationships between resources.
236   Messages are passed in a format similar to that used by Internet mail
237   <xref target="RFC5322"/> and the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
238   (MIME) <xref target="RFC2045"/> (see &diff2045entity; for the differences
239   between HTTP and MIME messages).
240</t>
241<t>
242   HTTP is a generic interface protocol for information systems. It is
243   designed to hide the details of how a service is implemented by presenting
244   a uniform interface to clients that is independent of the types of
245   resources provided. Likewise, servers do not need to be aware of each
246   client's purpose: an HTTP request can be considered in isolation rather
247   than being associated with a specific type of client or a predetermined
248   sequence of application steps. The result is a protocol that can be used
249   effectively in many different contexts and for which implementations can
250   evolve independently over time.
251</t>
252<t>
253   HTTP is also designed for use as a generic protocol for translating
254   communication to and from other Internet information systems.
255   HTTP proxies and gateways provide access to alternative information
256   services by translating their diverse protocols into a hypertext
257   format that can be viewed and manipulated by clients in the same way
258   as HTTP services.
259</t>
260<t>
261   One consequence of HTTP flexibility is that the protocol cannot be
262   defined in terms of what occurs behind the interface. Instead, we
263   are limited to defining the syntax of communication, the intent
264   of received communication, and the expected behavior of recipients.
265   If the communication is considered in isolation, then successful
266   actions should be reflected in corresponding changes to the
267   observable interface provided by servers. However, since multiple
268   clients may act in parallel and perhaps at cross-purposes, we
269   cannot require that such changes be observable beyond the scope
270   of a single response.
271</t>
272<t>
273   This document is Part 1 of the seven-part specification of HTTP,
274   defining the protocol referred to as "HTTP/1.1" and obsoleting
275   <xref target="RFC2616"/>.
276   Part 1 describes the architectural elements that are used or
277   referred to in HTTP, defines the "http" and "https" URI schemes,
278   describes overall network operation and connection management,
279   and defines HTTP message framing and forwarding requirements.
280   Our goal is to define all of the mechanisms necessary for HTTP message
281   handling that are independent of message semantics, thereby defining the
282   complete set of requirements for message parsers and
283   message-forwarding intermediaries.
284</t>
285
286<section title="Requirements" anchor="intro.requirements">
287<t>
288   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
289   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
290   document are to be interpreted as described in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
291</t>
292<t>
293   An implementation is not compliant if it fails to satisfy one or more
294   of the "MUST" or "REQUIRED" level requirements for the protocols it
295   implements. An implementation that satisfies all the "MUST" or "REQUIRED"
296   level and all the "SHOULD" level requirements for its protocols is said
297   to be "unconditionally compliant"; one that satisfies all the "MUST"
298   level requirements but not all the "SHOULD" level requirements for its
299   protocols is said to be "conditionally compliant."
300</t>
301</section>
302
303<section title="Syntax Notation" anchor="notation">
304<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ALPHA"/>
305<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CR"/>
306<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CRLF"/>
307<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="CTL"/>
308<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DIGIT"/>
309<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="DQUOTE"/>
310<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HEXDIG"/>
311<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="LF"/>
312<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="OCTET"/>
313<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="SP"/>
314<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="VCHAR"/>
315<iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="WSP"/>
316<t>
317   This specification uses the Augmented Backus-Naur Form (ABNF) notation
318   of <xref target="RFC5234"/>.
319</t>
320<t anchor="core.rules">
321  <x:anchor-alias value="ALPHA"/>
322  <x:anchor-alias value="CTL"/>
323  <x:anchor-alias value="CR"/>
324  <x:anchor-alias value="CRLF"/>
325  <x:anchor-alias value="DIGIT"/>
326  <x:anchor-alias value="DQUOTE"/>
327  <x:anchor-alias value="HEXDIG"/>
328  <x:anchor-alias value="LF"/>
329  <x:anchor-alias value="OCTET"/>
330  <x:anchor-alias value="SP"/>
331  <x:anchor-alias value="VCHAR"/>
332  <x:anchor-alias value="WSP"/>
333   The following core rules are included by
334   reference, as defined in <xref target="RFC5234" x:fmt="," x:sec="B.1"/>:
335   ALPHA (letters), CR (carriage return), CRLF (CR LF), CTL (controls),
336   DIGIT (decimal 0-9), DQUOTE (double quote),
337   HEXDIG (hexadecimal 0-9/A-F/a-f), LF (line feed),
338   OCTET (any 8-bit sequence of data), SP (space),
339   VCHAR (any visible <xref target="USASCII"/> character),
340   and WSP (whitespace).
341</t>
342<t>
343   As a syntactical convention, ABNF rule names prefixed with "obs-" denote
344   "obsolete" grammar rules that appear for historical reasons.
345</t>
346
347<section title="ABNF Extension: #rule" anchor="notation.abnf">
348<t>
349  The #rule extension to the ABNF rules of <xref target="RFC5234"/> is used to
350  improve readability.
351</t>
352<t>
353  A construct "#" is defined, similar to "*", for defining comma-delimited
354  lists of elements. The full form is "&lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element" indicating
355  at least &lt;n&gt; and at most &lt;m&gt; elements, each separated by a single
356  comma (",") and optional whitespace (OWS,
357  <xref target="basic.rules"/>).   
358</t>
359<figure><preamble>
360  Thus,
361</preamble><artwork type="example">
362  1#element =&gt; element *( OWS "," OWS element )
363</artwork></figure>
364<figure><preamble>
365  and:
366</preamble><artwork type="example">
367  #element =&gt; [ 1#element ]
368</artwork></figure>
369<figure><preamble>
370  and for n &gt;= 1 and m &gt; 1:
371</preamble><artwork type="example">
372  &lt;n&gt;#&lt;m&gt;element =&gt; element &lt;n-1&gt;*&lt;m-1&gt;( OWS "," OWS element )
373</artwork></figure>
374<t>
375  For compatibility with legacy list rules, recipients &SHOULD; accept empty
376  list elements. In other words, consumers would follow the list productions:
377</t>
378<figure><artwork type="example">
379  #element =&gt; [ ( "," / element ) *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] ) ]
380 
381  1#element =&gt; *( "," OWS ) element *( OWS "," [ OWS element ] )
382</artwork></figure>
383<t>
384  Note that empty elements do not contribute to the count of elements present,
385  though.
386</t>
387<t>
388  For example, given these ABNF productions:
389</t>
390<figure><artwork type="example">
391  example-list      = 1#example-list-elmt
392  example-list-elmt = token ; see <xref target="basic.rules"/>
393</artwork></figure>
394<t>
395  Then these are valid values for example-list (not including the double
396  quotes, which are present for delimitation only):
397</t>
398<figure><artwork type="example">
399  "foo,bar"
400  " foo ,bar,"
401  "  foo , ,bar,charlie   "
402  "foo ,bar,   charlie "
403</artwork></figure>
404<t>
405  But these values would be invalid, as at least one non-empty element is
406  required:
407</t>
408<figure><artwork type="example">
409  ""
410  ","
411  ",   ,"
412</artwork></figure>
413<t>
414  <xref target="collected.abnf"/> shows the collected ABNF, with the list rules
415  expanded as explained above.
416</t>
417</section>
418
419<section title="Basic Rules" anchor="basic.rules">
420<t anchor="rule.CRLF">
421  <x:anchor-alias value="CRLF"/>
422   HTTP/1.1 defines the sequence CR LF as the end-of-line marker for all
423   protocol elements except the entity-body (see <xref target="tolerant.applications"/> for
424   tolerant applications). The end-of-line marker within an entity-body
425   is defined by its associated media type, as described in &media-types;.
426</t>
427<t anchor="rule.LWS">
428   This specification uses three rules to denote the use of linear
429   whitespace: OWS (optional whitespace), RWS (required whitespace), and
430   BWS ("bad" whitespace).
431</t>
432<t>
433   The OWS rule is used where zero or more linear whitespace characters may
434   appear. OWS &SHOULD; either not be produced or be produced as a single SP
435   character. Multiple OWS characters that occur within field-content &SHOULD;
436   be replaced with a single SP before interpreting the field value or
437   forwarding the message downstream.
438</t>
439<t>
440   RWS is used when at least one linear whitespace character is required to
441   separate field tokens. RWS &SHOULD; be produced as a single SP character.
442   Multiple RWS characters that occur within field-content &SHOULD; be
443   replaced with a single SP before interpreting the field value or
444   forwarding the message downstream.
445</t>
446<t>
447   BWS is used where the grammar allows optional whitespace for historical
448   reasons but senders &SHOULD-NOT; produce it in messages. HTTP/1.1
449   recipients &MUST; accept such bad optional whitespace and remove it before
450   interpreting the field value or forwarding the message downstream.
451</t>
452<t anchor="rule.whitespace">
453  <x:anchor-alias value="BWS"/>
454  <x:anchor-alias value="OWS"/>
455  <x:anchor-alias value="RWS"/>
456  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-fold"/>
457</t>
458<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"/>
459  <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>            = *( [ obs-fold ] <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> )
460                 ; "optional" whitespace
461  <x:ref>RWS</x:ref>            = 1*( [ obs-fold ] <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> )
462                 ; "required" whitespace
463  <x:ref>BWS</x:ref>            = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>
464                 ; "bad" whitespace
465  <x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref>       = <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
466                 ; see <xref target="header.fields"/>
467</artwork></figure>
468<t anchor="rule.token.separators">
469  <x:anchor-alias value="tchar"/>
470  <x:anchor-alias value="token"/>
471  <x:anchor-alias value="special"/>
472  <x:anchor-alias value="word"/>
473   Many HTTP/1.1 header field values consist of words (token or quoted-string)
474   separated by whitespace or special characters. These special characters
475   &MUST; be in a quoted string to be used within a parameter value (as defined
476   in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
477</t>
478<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="word"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="token"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="tchar"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="special"/>
479  <x:ref>word</x:ref>           = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>
480
481  <x:ref>token</x:ref>          = 1*<x:ref>tchar</x:ref>
482<!--
483  IMPORTANT: when editing "tchar" make sure that "special" is updated accordingly!!!
484 -->
485  <x:ref>tchar</x:ref>          = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*"
486                 / "+" / "-" / "." / "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~"
487                 / <x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> / <x:ref>ALPHA</x:ref>
488                 ; any <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref>, except <x:ref>special</x:ref>
489
490  <x:ref>special</x:ref>        = "(" / ")" / "&lt;" / ">" / "@" / ","
491                 / ";" / ":" / "\" / DQUOTE / "/" / "["
492                 / "]" / "?" / "=" / "{" / "}"
493</artwork></figure>
494<t anchor="rule.quoted-string">
495  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-string"/>
496  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext"/>
497  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-text"/>
498   A string of text is parsed as a single word if it is quoted using
499   double-quote marks.
500</t>
501<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"/>
502  <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>
503  <x:ref>qdtext</x:ref>         = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / %x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
504                 ; <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>
505  <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>       = %x80-FF
506</artwork></figure>
507<t anchor="rule.quoted-pair">
508  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-pair"/>
509   The backslash character ("\") can be used as a single-character
510   quoting mechanism within quoted-string constructs:
511</t>
512<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-pair"/>
513  <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref>    = "\" ( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
514</artwork></figure>
515<t>
516   Producers &SHOULD-NOT; escape characters that do not require escaping
517   (i.e., other than DQUOTE and the backslash character).
518</t>
519</section>
520
521<section title="ABNF Rules defined in other Parts of the Specification" anchor="abnf.dependencies">
522  <x:anchor-alias value="request-header"/>
523  <x:anchor-alias value="response-header"/>
524  <x:anchor-alias value="entity-body"/>
525  <x:anchor-alias value="entity-header"/>
526  <x:anchor-alias value="Cache-Control"/>
527  <x:anchor-alias value="Pragma"/>
528  <x:anchor-alias value="Warning"/>
529<t>
530  The ABNF rules below are defined in other parts:
531</t>
532<figure><!-- Part2--><artwork type="abnf2616">
533  <x:ref>request-header</x:ref>  = &lt;request-header, defined in &request-header-fields;&gt;
534  <x:ref>response-header</x:ref> = &lt;response-header, defined in &response-header-fields;&gt;
535</artwork></figure>
536<figure><!-- Part3--><artwork type="abnf2616">
537  <x:ref>entity-body</x:ref>     = &lt;entity-body, defined in &entity-body;&gt;
538  <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref>   = &lt;entity-header, defined in &entity-header-fields;&gt;
539</artwork></figure>
540<figure><!-- Part6--><artwork type="abnf2616">
541  <x:ref>Cache-Control</x:ref>   = &lt;Cache-Control, defined in &header-pragma;&gt;
542  <x:ref>Pragma</x:ref>          = &lt;Pragma, defined in &header-pragma;&gt;
543  <x:ref>Warning</x:ref>         = &lt;Warning, defined in &header-warning;&gt;
544</artwork></figure>
545</section>
546
547</section>
548</section>
549
550<section title="HTTP architecture" anchor="architecture">
551<t>
552   HTTP was created for the World Wide Web architecture
553   and has evolved over time to support the scalability needs of a worldwide
554   hypertext system. Much of that architecture is reflected in the terminology
555   and syntax productions used to define HTTP.
556</t>
557
558<section title="Client/Server Operation" anchor="operation">
559<iref item="client"/>
560<iref item="server"/>
561<iref item="connection"/>
562<t>
563   HTTP is a request/response protocol that operates by exchanging messages
564   across a reliable transport or session-layer connection. An HTTP client
565   is a program that establishes a connection to a server for the purpose
566   of sending one or more HTTP requests.  An HTTP server is a program that
567   accepts connections in order to service HTTP requests by sending HTTP
568   responses.
569</t>
570<iref item="user agent"/>
571<iref item="origin server"/>
572<t>
573   Note that the terms "client" and "server" refer only to the roles that
574   these programs perform for a particular connection.  The same program
575   may act as a client on some connections and a server on others.  We use
576   the term "user agent" to refer to the program that initiates a request,
577   such as a WWW browser, editor, or spider (web-traversing robot), and
578   the term "origin server" to refer to the program that can originate
579   authoritative responses to a request.
580</t>
581<t>
582   Most HTTP communication consists of a retrieval request (GET) for
583   a representation of some resource identified by a URI.  In the
584   simplest case, this may be accomplished via a single connection (v)
585   between the user agent (UA) and the origin server (O).
586</t>
587<figure><artwork type="drawing">
588       request chain ------------------------&gt;
589    UA -------------------v------------------- O
590       &lt;----------------------- response chain
591</artwork></figure>
592<iref item="message"/>
593<iref item="request"/>
594<iref item="response"/>
595<t>
596   A client sends an HTTP request to the server in the form of a request
597   message (<xref target="request"/>), beginning with a method, URI, and
598   protocol version, followed by MIME-like header fields containing
599   request modifiers, client information, and payload metadata, an empty
600   line to indicate the end of the header section, and finally the payload
601   body (if any).
602</t>
603<t>
604   A server responds to the client's request by sending an HTTP response
605   message (<xref target="response"/>), beginning with a status line that
606   includes the protocol version, a success or error code, and textual
607   reason phrase, followed by MIME-like header fields containing server
608   information, resource metadata, and payload metadata, an empty line to
609   indicate the end of the header section, and finally the payload body (if any).
610</t>
611<t>
612   The following example illustrates a typical message exchange for a
613   GET request on the URI "http://www.example.com/hello.txt":
614</t>
615<figure><preamble>
616client request:
617</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
618GET /hello.txt HTTP/1.1
619User-Agent: curl/7.16.3 libcurl/7.16.3 OpenSSL/0.9.7l zlib/1.2.3
620Host: www.example.com
621Accept: */*
622
623</artwork></figure>
624<figure><preamble>
625server response:
626</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;response&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
627HTTP/1.1 200 OK
628Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:28:53 GMT
629Server: Apache
630Last-Modified: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:15:56 GMT
631ETag: "34aa387-d-1568eb00"
632Accept-Ranges: bytes
633Content-Length: <x:length-of target="exbody"/>
634Vary: Accept-Encoding
635Content-Type: text/plain
636
637<x:span anchor="exbody">Hello World!
638</x:span></artwork></figure>
639</section>
640
641<section title="Intermediaries" anchor="intermediaries">
642<t>
643   A more complicated situation occurs when one or more intermediaries
644   are present in the request/response chain. There are three common
645   forms of intermediary: proxy, gateway, and tunnel.  In some cases,
646   a single intermediary may act as an origin server, proxy, gateway,
647   or tunnel, switching behavior based on the nature of each request.
648</t>
649<figure><artwork type="drawing">
650       request chain --------------------------------------&gt;
651    UA -----v----- A -----v----- B -----v----- C -----v----- O
652       &lt;------------------------------------- response chain
653</artwork></figure>
654<t>
655   The figure above shows three intermediaries (A, B, and C) between the
656   user agent and origin server. A request or response message that
657   travels the whole chain will pass through four separate connections.
658   Some HTTP communication options
659   may apply only to the connection with the nearest, non-tunnel
660   neighbor, only to the end-points of the chain, or to all connections
661   along the chain. Although the diagram is linear, each participant may
662   be engaged in multiple, simultaneous communications. For example, B
663   may be receiving requests from many clients other than A, and/or
664   forwarding requests to servers other than C, at the same time that it
665   is handling A's request.
666</t>
667<t>
668<iref item="upstream"/><iref item="downstream"/>
669<iref item="inbound"/><iref item="outbound"/>
670   We use the terms "upstream" and "downstream" to describe various
671   requirements in relation to the directional flow of a message:
672   all messages flow from upstream to downstream.
673   Likewise, we use the terms "inbound" and "outbound" to refer to
674   directions in relation to the request path: "inbound" means toward
675   the origin server and "outbound" means toward the user agent.
676</t>
677<t><iref item="proxy"/>
678   A proxy is a message forwarding agent that is selected by the
679   client, usually via local configuration rules, to receive requests
680   for some type(s) of absolute URI and attempt to satisfy those
681   requests via translation through the HTTP interface.  Some translations
682   are minimal, such as for proxy requests for "http" URIs, whereas
683   other requests may require translation to and from entirely different
684   application-layer protocols. Proxies are often used to group an
685   organization's HTTP requests through a common intermediary for the
686   sake of security, annotation services, or shared caching.
687</t>
688<t><iref item="gateway"/><iref item="reverse proxy"/>
689   A gateway (a.k.a., reverse proxy) is a receiving agent that acts
690   as a layer above some other server(s) and translates the received
691   requests to the underlying server's protocol.  Gateways are often
692   used for load balancing or partitioning HTTP services across
693   multiple machines.
694   Unlike a proxy, a gateway receives requests as if it were the
695   origin server for the requested resource; the requesting client
696   will not be aware that it is communicating with a gateway.
697   A gateway communicates with the client as if the gateway is the
698   origin server and thus is subject to all of the requirements on
699   origin servers for that connection.  A gateway communicates
700   with inbound servers using any protocol it desires, including
701   private extensions to HTTP that are outside the scope of this
702   specification.
703</t>
704<t><iref item="tunnel"/>
705   A tunnel acts as a blind relay between two connections
706   without changing the messages. Once active, a tunnel is not
707   considered a party to the HTTP communication, though the tunnel may
708   have been initiated by an HTTP request. A tunnel ceases to exist when
709   both ends of the relayed connection are closed. Tunnels are used to
710   extend a virtual connection through an intermediary, such as when
711   transport-layer security is used to establish private communication
712   through a shared firewall proxy.
713</t>
714</section>
715
716<section title="Caches" anchor="caches">
717<iref item="cache"/>
718<t>
719   Any party to HTTP communication that is not acting as a tunnel may
720   employ an internal cache for handling requests.
721   A cache is a local store of previous response messages and the
722   subsystem that controls its message storage, retrieval, and deletion.
723   A cache stores cacheable responses in order to reduce the response
724   time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent
725   requests. Any client or server may include a cache, though a cache
726   cannot be used by a server while it is acting as a tunnel.
727</t>
728<t>
729   The effect of a cache is that the request/response chain is shortened
730   if one of the participants along the chain has a cached response
731   applicable to that request. The following illustrates the resulting
732   chain if B has a cached copy of an earlier response from O (via C)
733   for a request which has not been cached by UA or A.
734</t>
735<figure><artwork type="drawing">
736          request chain ----------&gt;
737       UA -----v----- A -----v----- B - - - - - - C - - - - - - O
738          &lt;--------- response chain
739</artwork></figure>
740<t><iref item="cacheable"/>
741   A response is cacheable if a cache is allowed to store a copy of
742   the response message for use in answering subsequent requests.
743   Even when a response is cacheable, there may be additional
744   constraints placed by the client or by the origin server on when
745   that cached response can be used for a particular request. HTTP
746   requirements for cache behavior and cacheable responses are
747   defined in &caching-overview;. 
748</t>
749<t>
750   There are a wide variety of architectures and configurations
751   of caches and proxies deployed across the World Wide Web and
752   inside large organizations. These systems include national hierarchies
753   of proxy caches to save transoceanic bandwidth, systems that
754   broadcast or multicast cache entries, organizations that distribute
755   subsets of cached data via optical media, and so on.
756</t>
757</section>
758
759<section title="Transport Independence" anchor="transport-independence">
760<t>
761  HTTP systems are used in a wide variety of environments, from
762  corporate intranets with high-bandwidth links to long-distance
763  communication over low-power radio links and intermittent connectivity.
764</t>
765<t>
766   HTTP communication usually takes place over TCP/IP connections. The
767   default port is TCP 80 (<eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/port-numbers"/>), but other ports can be used. This does
768   not preclude HTTP from being implemented on top of any other protocol
769   on the Internet, or on other networks. HTTP only presumes a reliable
770   transport; any protocol that provides such guarantees can be used;
771   the mapping of the HTTP/1.1 request and response structures onto the
772   transport data units of the protocol in question is outside the scope
773   of this specification.
774</t>
775<t>
776   In HTTP/1.0, most implementations used a new connection for each
777   request/response exchange. In HTTP/1.1, a connection may be used for
778   one or more request/response exchanges, although connections may be
779   closed for a variety of reasons (see <xref target="persistent.connections"/>).
780</t>
781</section>
782
783<section title="HTTP Version" anchor="http.version">
784  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-Version"/>
785  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-Prot-Name"/>
786<t>
787   HTTP uses a "&lt;major&gt;.&lt;minor&gt;" numbering scheme to indicate versions
788   of the protocol. The protocol versioning policy is intended to allow
789   the sender to indicate the format of a message and its capacity for
790   understanding further HTTP communication, rather than the features
791   obtained via that communication. No change is made to the version
792   number for the addition of message components which do not affect
793   communication behavior or which only add to extensible field values.
794   The &lt;minor&gt; number is incremented when the changes made to the
795   protocol add features which do not change the general message parsing
796   algorithm, but which may add to the message semantics and imply
797   additional capabilities of the sender. The &lt;major&gt; number is
798   incremented when the format of a message within the protocol is
799   changed. See <xref target="RFC2145"/> for a fuller explanation.
800</t>
801<t>
802   The version of an HTTP message is indicated by an HTTP-Version field
803   in the first line of the message. HTTP-Version is case-sensitive.
804</t>
805<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-Version"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-Prot-Name"/>
806  <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>
807  <x:ref>HTTP-Prot-Name</x:ref> = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"HTTP"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "HTTP", case-sensitive
808</artwork></figure>
809<t>
810   Note that the major and minor numbers &MUST; be treated as separate
811   integers and that each &MAY; be incremented higher than a single digit.
812   Thus, HTTP/2.4 is a lower version than HTTP/2.13, which in turn is
813   lower than HTTP/12.3. Leading zeros &MUST; be ignored by recipients and
814   &MUST-NOT; be sent.
815</t>
816<t>
817   An application that sends a request or response message that includes
818   HTTP-Version of "HTTP/1.1" &MUST; be at least conditionally compliant
819   with this specification. Applications that are at least conditionally
820   compliant with this specification &SHOULD; use an HTTP-Version of
821   "HTTP/1.1" in their messages, and &MUST; do so for any message that is
822   not compatible with HTTP/1.0. For more details on when to send
823   specific HTTP-Version values, see <xref target="RFC2145"/>.
824</t>
825<t>
826   The HTTP version of an application is the highest HTTP version for
827   which the application is at least conditionally compliant.
828</t>
829<t>
830   Proxy and gateway applications need to be careful when forwarding
831   messages in protocol versions different from that of the application.
832   Since the protocol version indicates the protocol capability of the
833   sender, a proxy/gateway &MUST-NOT; send a message with a version
834   indicator which is greater than its actual version. If a higher
835   version request is received, the proxy/gateway &MUST; either downgrade
836   the request version, or respond with an error, or switch to tunnel
837   behavior.
838</t>
839<t>
840   Due to interoperability problems with HTTP/1.0 proxies discovered
841   since the publication of <xref target="RFC2068"/>, caching proxies &MUST;, gateways
842   &MAY;, and tunnels &MUST-NOT; upgrade the request to the highest version
843   they support. The proxy/gateway's response to that request &MUST; be in
844   the same major version as the request.
845</t>
846<x:note>
847  <t>
848    <x:h>Note:</x:h> Converting between versions of HTTP may involve modification
849    of header fields required or forbidden by the versions involved.
850  </t>
851</x:note>
852</section>
853
854<section title="Uniform Resource Identifiers" anchor="uri">
855<iref primary="true" item="resource"/>
856<t>
857   Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) <xref target="RFC3986"/> are used
858   throughout HTTP as the means for identifying resources. URI references
859   are used to target requests, indicate redirects, and define relationships.
860   HTTP does not limit what a resource may be; it merely defines an interface
861   that can be used to interact with a resource via HTTP. More information on
862   the scope of URIs and resources can be found in <xref target="RFC3986"/>.
863</t>
864  <x:anchor-alias value="URI-reference"/>
865  <x:anchor-alias value="absolute-URI"/>
866  <x:anchor-alias value="relative-part"/>
867  <x:anchor-alias value="authority"/>
868  <x:anchor-alias value="path-abempty"/>
869  <x:anchor-alias value="path-absolute"/>
870  <x:anchor-alias value="port"/>
871  <x:anchor-alias value="query"/>
872  <x:anchor-alias value="uri-host"/>
873  <x:anchor-alias value="partial-URI"/>
874<t>
875   This specification adopts the definitions of "URI-reference",
876   "absolute-URI", "relative-part", "port", "host",
877   "path-abempty", "path-absolute", "query", and "authority" from
878   <xref target="RFC3986"/>. In addition, we define a partial-URI rule for
879   protocol elements that allow a relative URI without a fragment.
880</t>
881<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"/>
882  <x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.1"/>&gt;
883  <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>  = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.3"/>&gt;
884  <x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="4.2"/>&gt;
885  <x:ref>authority</x:ref>     = &lt;authority, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2"/>&gt;
886  <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref>  = &lt;path-abempty, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
887  <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>&gt;
888  <x:ref>port</x:ref>          = &lt;port, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.3"/>&gt;
889  <x:ref>query</x:ref>         = &lt;query, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.4"/>&gt;
890  <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref>      = &lt;host, defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>&gt;
891 
892  <x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref>   = relative-part [ "?" query ]
893</artwork></figure>
894<t>
895   Each protocol element in HTTP that allows a URI reference will indicate in
896   its ABNF production whether the element allows only a URI in absolute form
897   (absolute-URI), any relative reference (relative-ref), or some other subset
898   of the URI-reference grammar. Unless otherwise indicated, URI references
899   are parsed relative to the request target (the default base URI for both
900   the request and its corresponding response).
901</t>
902
903<section title="http URI scheme" anchor="http.uri">
904  <x:anchor-alias value="http-URI"/>
905  <iref item="http URI scheme" primary="true"/>
906  <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="http" primary="true"/>
907<t>
908   The "http" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
909   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
910   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
911   TCP connections on a given port.
912   The HTTP server is identified via the generic syntax's
913   <x:ref>authority</x:ref> component, which includes a host
914   identifier and optional TCP port, and the remainder of the URI is
915   considered to be identifying data corresponding to a resource for
916   which that server might provide an HTTP interface.
917</t>
918<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="http-URI"/>
919  <x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
920</artwork></figure>
921<t>
922   The host identifier within an <x:ref>authority</x:ref> component is
923   defined in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.2.2"/>.  If host is
924   provided as an IP literal or IPv4 address, then the HTTP server is any
925   listener on the indicated TCP port at that IP address. If host is a
926   registered name, then that name is considered an indirect identifier
927   and the recipient might use a name resolution service, such as DNS,
928   to find the address of a listener for that host.
929   The host &MUST-NOT; be empty; if an "http" URI is received with an
930   empty host, then it &MUST; be rejected as invalid.
931   If the port subcomponent is empty or not given, then TCP port 80 is
932   assumed (the default reserved port for WWW services).
933</t>
934<t>
935   Regardless of the form of host identifier, access to that host is not
936   implied by the mere presence of its name or address. The host may or may
937   not exist and, even when it does exist, may or may not be running an
938   HTTP server or listening to the indicated port. The "http" URI scheme
939   makes use of the delegated nature of Internet names and addresses to
940   establish a naming authority (whatever entity has the ability to place
941   an HTTP server at that Internet name or address) and allows that
942   authority to determine which names are valid and how they might be used.
943</t>
944<t>
945   When an "http" URI is used within a context that calls for access to the
946   indicated resource, a client &MAY; attempt access by resolving
947   the host to an IP address, establishing a TCP connection to that address
948   on the indicated port, and sending an HTTP request message to the server
949   containing the URI's identifying data as described in <xref target="request"/>.
950   If the server responds to that request with a non-interim HTTP response
951   message, as described in <xref target="response"/>, then that response
952   is considered an authoritative answer to the client's request.
953</t>
954<t>
955   Although HTTP is independent of the transport protocol, the "http"
956   scheme is specific to TCP-based services because the name delegation
957   process depends on TCP for establishing authority.
958   An HTTP service based on some other underlying connection protocol
959   would presumably be identified using a different URI scheme, just as
960   the "https" scheme (below) is used for servers that require an SSL/TLS
961   transport layer on a connection. Other protocols may also be used to
962   provide access to "http" identified resources --- it is only the
963   authoritative interface used for mapping the namespace that is
964   specific to TCP.
965</t>
966</section>
967
968<section title="https URI scheme" anchor="https.uri">
969   <x:anchor-alias value="https-URI"/>
970   <iref item="https URI scheme"/>
971   <iref item="URI scheme" subitem="https"/>
972<t>
973   The "https" URI scheme is hereby defined for the purpose of minting
974   identifiers according to their association with the hierarchical
975   namespace governed by a potential HTTP origin server listening for
976   SSL/TLS-secured connections on a given TCP port.
977   The host and port are determined in the same way
978   as for the "http" scheme, except that a default TCP port of 443
979   is assumed if the port subcomponent is empty or not given.
980</t>
981<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="https-URI"/>
982  <x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https:" "//" <x:ref>authority</x:ref> <x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ]
983</artwork></figure>
984<t>
985   The primary difference between the "http" and "https" schemes is
986   that interaction with the latter is required to be secured for
987   privacy through the use of strong encryption. The URI cannot be
988   sent in a request until the connection is secure. Likewise, the
989   default for caching is that each response that would be considered
990   "public" under the "http" scheme is instead treated as "private"
991   and thus not eligible for shared caching.
992</t>
993<t>
994   The process for authoritative access to an "https" identified
995   resource is defined in <xref target="RFC2818"/>.
996</t>
997</section>
998
999<section title="http and https URI Normalization and Comparison" anchor="uri.comparison">
1000<t>
1001   Since the "http" and "https" schemes conform to the URI generic syntax,
1002   such URIs are normalized and compared according to the algorithm defined
1003   in <xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>, using the defaults
1004   described above for each scheme.
1005</t>
1006<t>
1007   If the port is equal to the default port for a scheme, the normal
1008   form is to elide the port subcomponent. Likewise, an empty path
1009   component is equivalent to an absolute path of "/", so the normal
1010   form is to provide a path of "/" instead. The scheme and host
1011   are case-insensitive and normally provided in lowercase; all
1012   other components are compared in a case-sensitive manner.
1013   Characters other than those in the "reserved" set are equivalent
1014   to their percent-encoded octets (see <xref target="RFC3986"
1015   x:fmt="," x:sec="2.1"/>): the normal form is to not encode them.
1016</t>
1017<t>
1018   For example, the following three URIs are equivalent:
1019</t>
1020<figure><artwork type="example">
1021   http://example.com:80/~smith/home.html
1022   http://EXAMPLE.com/%7Esmith/home.html
1023   http://EXAMPLE.com:/%7esmith/home.html
1024</artwork></figure>
1025<t>
1026   <cref anchor="TODO-not-here" source="roy">This paragraph does not belong here.</cref>
1027   If path-abempty is the empty string (i.e., there is no slash "/"
1028   path separator following the authority), then the "http" URI
1029   &MUST; be given as "/" when
1030   used as a request-target (<xref target="request-target"/>). If a proxy
1031   receives a host name which is not a fully qualified domain name, it
1032   &MAY; add its domain to the host name it received. If a proxy receives
1033   a fully qualified domain name, the proxy &MUST-NOT; change the host
1034   name.
1035</t>
1036</section>
1037</section>
1038</section>
1039
1040<section title="HTTP Message" anchor="http.message">
1041<x:anchor-alias value="generic-message"/>
1042<x:anchor-alias value="message.types"/>
1043<x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-message"/>
1044<x:anchor-alias value="start-line"/>
1045<iref item="header section"/>
1046<iref item="headers"/>
1047<iref item="header field"/>
1048<t>
1049   All HTTP/1.1 messages consist of a start-line followed by a sequence of
1050   characters in a format similar to the Internet Message Format
1051   <xref target="RFC5322"/>: zero or more header fields (collectively
1052   referred to as the "headers" or the "header section"), an empty line
1053   indicating the end of the header section, and an optional message-body.
1054</t>
1055<t>
1056   An HTTP message can either be a request from client to server or a
1057   response from server to client.  Syntactically, the two types of message
1058   differ only in the start-line, which is either a Request-Line (for requests)
1059   or a Status-Line (for responses), and in the algorithm for determining
1060   the length of the message-body (<xref target="message.length"/>).
1061   In theory, a client could receive requests and a server could receive
1062   responses, distinguishing them by their different start-line formats,
1063   but in practice servers are implemented to only expect a request
1064   (a response is interpreted as an unknown or invalid request method)
1065   and clients are implemented to only expect a response.
1066</t>
1067<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-message"/>
1068  <x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref>    = <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>
1069                    *( <x:ref>header-field</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1070                    <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1071                    [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]
1072  <x:ref>start-line</x:ref>      = <x:ref>Request-Line</x:ref> / <x:ref>Status-Line</x:ref>
1073</artwork></figure>
1074<t>
1075   Whitespace (WSP) &MUST-NOT; be sent between the start-line and the first
1076   header field. The presence of whitespace might be an attempt to trick a
1077   noncompliant implementation of HTTP into ignoring that field or processing
1078   the next line as a new request, either of which may result in security
1079   issues when implementations within the request chain interpret the
1080   same message differently. HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; reject such a message
1081   with a 400 (Bad Request) response.
1082</t>
1083
1084<section title="Message Parsing Robustness" anchor="message.robustness">
1085<t>
1086   In the interest of robustness, servers &SHOULD; ignore at least one
1087   empty line received where a Request-Line is expected. In other words, if
1088   the server is reading the protocol stream at the beginning of a
1089   message and receives a CRLF first, it should ignore the CRLF.
1090</t>
1091<t>
1092   Some old HTTP/1.0 client implementations generate an extra CRLF
1093   after a POST request as a lame workaround for some early server
1094   applications that failed to read message-body content that was
1095   not terminated by a line-ending. An HTTP/1.1 client &MUST-NOT;
1096   preface or follow a request with an extra CRLF.  If terminating
1097   the request message-body with a line-ending is desired, then the
1098   client &MUST; include the terminating CRLF octets as part of the
1099   message-body length.
1100</t>
1101<t>
1102   The normal procedure for parsing an HTTP message is to read the
1103   start-line into a structure, read each header field into a hash
1104   table by field name until the empty line, and then use the parsed
1105   data to determine if a message-body is expected.  If a message-body
1106   has been indicated, then it is read as a stream until an amount
1107   of OCTETs equal to the message-length is read or the connection
1108   is closed.  Care must be taken to parse an HTTP message as a sequence
1109   of OCTETs in an encoding that is a superset of US-ASCII.  Attempting
1110   to parse HTTP as a stream of Unicode characters in a character encoding
1111   like UTF-16 may introduce security flaws due to the differing ways
1112   that such parsers interpret invalid characters.
1113</t>
1114</section>
1115
1116<section title="Header Fields" anchor="header.fields">
1117  <x:anchor-alias value="header-field"/>
1118  <x:anchor-alias value="field-content"/>
1119  <x:anchor-alias value="field-name"/>
1120  <x:anchor-alias value="field-value"/>
1121  <x:anchor-alias value="OWS"/>
1122<t>
1123   Each HTTP header field consists of a case-insensitive field name
1124   followed by a colon (":"), optional whitespace, and the field value.
1125</t>
1126<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"/>
1127  <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>
1128  <x:ref>field-name</x:ref>     = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1129  <x:ref>field-value</x:ref>    = *( <x:ref>field-content</x:ref> / <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> )
1130  <x:ref>field-content</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1131</artwork></figure>
1132<t>
1133   No whitespace is allowed between the header field name and colon. For
1134   security reasons, any request message received containing such whitespace
1135   &MUST; be rejected with a response code of 400 (Bad Request). A proxy
1136   &MUST; remove any such whitespace from a response message before
1137   forwarding the message downstream.
1138</t>
1139<t>
1140   A field value &MAY; be preceded by optional whitespace (OWS); a single SP is
1141   preferred. The field value does not include any leading or trailing white
1142   space: OWS occurring before the first non-whitespace character of the
1143   field value or after the last non-whitespace character of the field value
1144   is ignored and &SHOULD; be removed before further processing (as this does
1145   not change the meaning of the header field).
1146</t>
1147<t>
1148   The order in which header fields with differing field names are
1149   received is not significant. However, it is "good practice" to send
1150   header fields that contain control data first, such as Host on
1151   requests and Date on responses, so that implementations can decide
1152   when not to handle a message as early as possible.  A server &MUST;
1153   wait until the entire header section is received before interpreting
1154   a request message, since later header fields might include conditionals,
1155   authentication credentials, or deliberately misleading duplicate
1156   header fields that would impact request processing.
1157</t>
1158<t>
1159   Multiple header fields with the same field name &MUST-NOT; be
1160   sent in a message unless the entire field value for that
1161   header field is defined as a comma-separated list [i.e., #(values)].
1162   Multiple header fields with the same field name can be combined into
1163   one "field-name: field-value" pair, without changing the semantics of the
1164   message, by appending each subsequent field value to the combined
1165   field value in order, separated by a comma. The order in which
1166   header fields with the same field name are received is therefore
1167   significant to the interpretation of the combined field value;
1168   a proxy &MUST-NOT; change the order of these field values when
1169   forwarding a message.
1170</t>
1171<x:note>
1172  <t>
1173   <x:h>Note:</x:h> The "Set-Cookie" header as implemented in
1174   practice (as opposed to how it is specified in <xref target="RFC2109"/>)
1175   can occur multiple times, but does not use the list syntax, and thus cannot
1176   be combined into a single line. (See Appendix A.2.3 of <xref target="Kri2001"/>
1177   for details.) Also note that the Set-Cookie2 header specified in
1178   <xref target="RFC2965"/> does not share this problem.
1179  </t>
1180</x:note>
1181<t>
1182   Historically, HTTP header field values could be extended over multiple
1183   lines by preceding each extra line with at least one space or horizontal
1184   tab character (line folding). This specification deprecates such line
1185   folding except within the message/http media type
1186   (<xref target="internet.media.type.message.http"/>).
1187   HTTP/1.1 senders &MUST-NOT; produce messages that include line folding
1188   (i.e., that contain any field-content that matches the obs-fold rule) unless
1189   the message is intended for packaging within the message/http media type.
1190   HTTP/1.1 recipients &SHOULD; accept line folding and replace any embedded
1191   obs-fold whitespace with a single SP prior to interpreting the field value
1192   or forwarding the message downstream.
1193</t>
1194<t>
1195   Historically, HTTP has allowed field content with text in the ISO-8859-1
1196   <xref target="ISO-8859-1"/> character encoding and supported other
1197   character sets only through use of <xref target="RFC2047"/> encoding.
1198   In practice, most HTTP header field values use only a subset of the
1199   US-ASCII character encoding <xref target="USASCII"/>. Newly defined
1200   header fields &SHOULD; limit their field values to US-ASCII characters.
1201   Recipients &SHOULD; treat other (obs-text) octets in field content as
1202   opaque data.
1203</t>
1204<t anchor="rule.comment">
1205  <x:anchor-alias value="comment"/>
1206  <x:anchor-alias value="ctext"/>
1207   Comments can be included in some HTTP header fields by surrounding
1208   the comment text with parentheses. Comments are only allowed in
1209   fields containing "comment" as part of their field value definition.
1210</t>
1211<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="comment"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="ctext"/>
1212  <x:ref>comment</x:ref>        = "(" *( <x:ref>ctext</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> / <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ) ")"
1213  <x:ref>ctext</x:ref>          = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / %x21-27 / %x2A-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1214                 ; <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> / &lt;<x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> except "(", ")", and "\"&gt; / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1215</artwork></figure>
1216<t anchor="rule.quoted-cpair">
1217  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-cpair"/>
1218   The backslash character ("\") can be used as a single-character
1219   quoting mechanism within comment constructs:
1220</t>
1221<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-cpair"/>
1222  <x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref>    = "\" ( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1223</artwork></figure>
1224<t>
1225   Producers &SHOULD-NOT; escape characters that do not require escaping
1226   (i.e., other than the backslash character "\" and the parentheses "(" and
1227   ")").
1228</t>
1229</section>
1230
1231<section title="Message Body" anchor="message.body">
1232  <x:anchor-alias value="message-body"/>
1233<t>
1234   The message-body (if any) of an HTTP message is used to carry the
1235   entity-body associated with the request or response. The message-body
1236   differs from the entity-body only when a transfer-coding has been
1237   applied, as indicated by the Transfer-Encoding header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>).
1238</t>
1239<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="message-body"/>
1240  <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = <x:ref>entity-body</x:ref>
1241               / &lt;entity-body encoded as per <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>&gt;
1242</artwork></figure>
1243<t>
1244   Transfer-Encoding &MUST; be used to indicate any transfer-codings
1245   applied by an application to ensure safe and proper transfer of the
1246   message. Transfer-Encoding is a property of the message, not of the
1247   entity, and thus &MAY; be added or removed by any application along the
1248   request/response chain. (However, <xref target="transfer.codings"/> places restrictions on
1249   when certain transfer-codings may be used.)
1250</t>
1251<t>
1252   The rules for when a message-body is allowed in a message differ for
1253   requests and responses.
1254</t>
1255<t>
1256   The presence of a message-body in a request is signaled by the
1257   inclusion of a Content-Length or Transfer-Encoding header field in
1258   the request's header fields.
1259   When a request message contains both a message-body of non-zero
1260   length and a method that does not define any semantics for that
1261   request message-body, then an origin server &SHOULD; either ignore
1262   the message-body or respond with an appropriate error message
1263   (e.g., 413).  A proxy or gateway, when presented the same request,
1264   &SHOULD; either forward the request inbound with the message-body or
1265   ignore the message-body when determining a response.
1266</t>
1267<t>
1268   For response messages, whether or not a message-body is included with
1269   a message is dependent on both the request method and the response
1270   status code (<xref target="status.code.and.reason.phrase"/>). All responses to the HEAD request method
1271   &MUST-NOT; include a message-body, even though the presence of entity-header
1272   fields might lead one to believe they do. All 1xx
1273   (Informational), 204 (No Content), and 304 (Not Modified) responses
1274   &MUST-NOT; include a message-body. All other responses do include a
1275   message-body, although it &MAY; be of zero length.
1276</t>
1277</section>
1278
1279<section title="Message Length" anchor="message.length">
1280<t>
1281   The transfer-length of a message is the length of the message-body as
1282   it appears in the message; that is, after any transfer-codings have
1283   been applied. When a message-body is included with a message, the
1284   transfer-length of that body is determined by one of the following
1285   (in order of precedence):
1286</t>
1287<t>
1288  <list style="numbers">
1289    <x:lt><t>
1290     Any response message which "&MUST-NOT;" include a message-body (such
1291     as the 1xx, 204, and 304 responses and any response to a HEAD
1292     request) is always terminated by the first empty line after the
1293     header fields, regardless of the entity-header fields present in
1294     the message.
1295    </t></x:lt>
1296    <x:lt><t>
1297     If a Transfer-Encoding header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>)
1298     is present and the "chunked" transfer-coding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>)
1299     is used, the transfer-length is defined by the use of this transfer-coding.
1300     If a Transfer-Encoding header field is present and the "chunked" transfer-coding
1301     is not present, the transfer-length is defined by the sender closing the connection.
1302    </t></x:lt>
1303    <x:lt><t>
1304     If a Content-Length header field (<xref target="header.content-length"/>) is present, its
1305     value in OCTETs represents both the entity-length and the
1306     transfer-length. The Content-Length header field &MUST-NOT; be sent
1307     if these two lengths are different (i.e., if a Transfer-Encoding
1308     header field is present). If a message is received with both a
1309     Transfer-Encoding header field and a Content-Length header field,
1310     the latter &MUST; be ignored.
1311    </t></x:lt>
1312    <x:lt><t>
1313     If the message uses the media type "multipart/byteranges", and the
1314     transfer-length is not otherwise specified, then this self-delimiting
1315     media type defines the transfer-length. This media type
1316     &MUST-NOT; be used unless the sender knows that the recipient can parse
1317     it; the presence in a request of a Range header with multiple byte-range
1318     specifiers from a HTTP/1.1 client implies that the client can parse
1319     multipart/byteranges responses.
1320    <list style="empty"><t>
1321       A range header might be forwarded by a HTTP/1.0 proxy that does not
1322       understand multipart/byteranges; in this case the server &MUST;
1323       delimit the message using methods defined in items 1, 3 or 5 of
1324       this section.
1325    </t></list>
1326    </t></x:lt>
1327    <x:lt><t>
1328     By the server closing the connection. (Closing the connection
1329     cannot be used to indicate the end of a request body, since that
1330     would leave no possibility for the server to send back a response.)
1331    </t></x:lt>
1332  </list>
1333</t>
1334<t>
1335   For compatibility with HTTP/1.0 applications, HTTP/1.1 requests
1336   containing a message-body &MUST; include a valid Content-Length header
1337   field unless the server is known to be HTTP/1.1 compliant. If a
1338   request contains a message-body and a Content-Length is not given,
1339   the server &SHOULD; respond with 400 (Bad Request) if it cannot
1340   determine the length of the message, or with 411 (Length Required) if
1341   it wishes to insist on receiving a valid Content-Length.
1342</t>
1343<t>
1344   All HTTP/1.1 applications that receive entities &MUST; accept the
1345   "chunked" transfer-coding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>), thus allowing this mechanism
1346   to be used for messages when the message length cannot be determined
1347   in advance.
1348</t>
1349<t>
1350   Messages &MUST-NOT; include both a Content-Length header field and a
1351   transfer-coding. If the message does include a
1352   transfer-coding, the Content-Length &MUST; be ignored.
1353</t>
1354<t>
1355   When a Content-Length is given in a message where a message-body is
1356   allowed, its field value &MUST; exactly match the number of OCTETs in
1357   the message-body. HTTP/1.1 user agents &MUST; notify the user when an
1358   invalid length is received and detected.
1359</t>
1360</section>
1361
1362<section title="General Header Fields" anchor="general.header.fields">
1363  <x:anchor-alias value="general-header"/>
1364<t>
1365   There are a few header fields which have general applicability for
1366   both request and response messages, but which do not apply to the
1367   entity being transferred. These header fields apply only to the
1368   message being transmitted.
1369</t>
1370<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="general-header"/>
1371  <x:ref>general-header</x:ref> = <x:ref>Cache-Control</x:ref>            ; &header-cache-control;
1372                 / <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>               ; <xref target="header.connection"/>
1373                 / <x:ref>Date</x:ref>                     ; <xref target="header.date"/>
1374                 / <x:ref>Pragma</x:ref>                   ; &header-pragma;
1375                 / <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref>                  ; <xref target="header.trailer"/>
1376                 / <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>        ; <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>
1377                 / <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref>                  ; <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
1378                 / <x:ref>Via</x:ref>                      ; <xref target="header.via"/>
1379                 / <x:ref>Warning</x:ref>                  ; &header-warning;
1380</artwork></figure>
1381<t>
1382   General-header field names can be extended reliably only in
1383   combination with a change in the protocol version. However, new or
1384   experimental header fields may be given the semantics of general
1385   header fields if all parties in the communication recognize them to
1386   be general-header fields. Unrecognized header fields are treated as
1387   entity-header fields.
1388</t>
1389</section>
1390</section>
1391
1392<section title="Request" anchor="request">
1393  <x:anchor-alias value="Request"/>
1394<t>
1395   A request message from a client to a server includes, within the
1396   first line of that message, the method to be applied to the resource,
1397   the identifier of the resource, and the protocol version in use.
1398</t>
1399<!--                 Host                      ; should be moved here eventually -->
1400<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Request"/>
1401  <x:ref>Request</x:ref>       = <x:ref>Request-Line</x:ref>              ; <xref target="request-line"/>
1402                  *(( <x:ref>general-header</x:ref>        ; <xref target="general.header.fields"/>
1403                   / <x:ref>request-header</x:ref>         ; &request-header-fields;
1404                   / <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> ) <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> ) ; &entity-header-fields;
1405                  <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1406                  [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]          ; <xref target="message.body"/>
1407</artwork></figure>
1408
1409<section title="Request-Line" anchor="request-line">
1410  <x:anchor-alias value="Request-Line"/>
1411<t>
1412   The Request-Line begins with a method token, followed by the
1413   request-target and the protocol version, and ending with CRLF. The
1414   elements are separated by SP characters. No CR or LF is allowed
1415   except in the final CRLF sequence.
1416</t>
1417<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Request-Line"/>
1418  <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>
1419</artwork></figure>
1420
1421<section title="Method" anchor="method">
1422  <x:anchor-alias value="Method"/>
1423<t>
1424   The Method  token indicates the method to be performed on the
1425   resource identified by the request-target. The method is case-sensitive.
1426</t>
1427<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Method"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="extension-method"/>
1428  <x:ref>Method</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1429</artwork></figure>
1430</section>
1431
1432<section title="request-target" anchor="request-target">
1433  <x:anchor-alias value="request-target"/>
1434<t>
1435   The request-target
1436   identifies the resource upon which to apply the request.
1437</t>
1438<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="request-target"/>
1439  <x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = "*"
1440                 / <x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref>
1441                 / ( <x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> [ "?" <x:ref>query</x:ref> ] )
1442                 / <x:ref>authority</x:ref>
1443</artwork></figure>
1444<t>
1445   The four options for request-target are dependent on the nature of the
1446   request.
1447</t>   
1448<t>
1449   The asterisk "*" means that the request does not apply to a
1450   particular resource, but to the server itself, and is only allowed
1451   when the method used does not necessarily apply to a resource. One
1452   example would be
1453</t>
1454<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
1455OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
1456</artwork></figure>
1457<t>
1458   The absolute-URI form is &REQUIRED; when the request is being made to a
1459   proxy. The proxy is requested to forward the request or service it
1460   from a valid cache, and return the response. Note that the proxy &MAY;
1461   forward the request on to another proxy or directly to the server
1462   specified by the absolute-URI. In order to avoid request loops, a
1463   proxy &MUST; be able to recognize all of its server names, including
1464   any aliases, local variations, and the numeric IP address. An example
1465   Request-Line would be:
1466</t>
1467<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
1468GET http://www.example.org/pub/WWW/TheProject.html HTTP/1.1
1469</artwork></figure>
1470<t>
1471   To allow for transition to absolute-URIs in all requests in future
1472   versions of HTTP, all HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; accept the absolute-URI
1473   form in requests, even though HTTP/1.1 clients will only generate
1474   them in requests to proxies.
1475</t>
1476<t>
1477   The authority form is only used by the CONNECT method (&CONNECT;).
1478</t>
1479<t>
1480   The most common form of request-target is that used to identify a
1481   resource on an origin server or gateway. In this case the absolute
1482   path of the URI &MUST; be transmitted (see <xref target="http.uri"/>, path-absolute) as
1483   the request-target, and the network location of the URI (authority) &MUST;
1484   be transmitted in a Host header field. For example, a client wishing
1485   to retrieve the resource above directly from the origin server would
1486   create a TCP connection to port 80 of the host "www.example.org" and send
1487   the lines:
1488</t>
1489<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
1490GET /pub/WWW/TheProject.html HTTP/1.1
1491Host: www.example.org
1492</artwork></figure>
1493<t>
1494   followed by the remainder of the Request. Note that the absolute path
1495   cannot be empty; if none is present in the original URI, it &MUST; be
1496   given as "/" (the server root).
1497</t>
1498<t>
1499   If a proxy receives a request without any path in the request-target and
1500   the method specified is capable of supporting the asterisk form of
1501   request-target, then the last proxy on the request chain &MUST; forward the
1502   request with "*" as the final request-target.
1503</t>
1504<figure><preamble>  
1505   For example, the request
1506</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
1507OPTIONS http://www.example.org:8001 HTTP/1.1
1508</artwork></figure>
1509<figure><preamble>  
1510  would be forwarded by the proxy as
1511</preamble><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
1512OPTIONS * HTTP/1.1
1513Host: www.example.org:8001
1514</artwork>
1515<postamble>
1516   after connecting to port 8001 of host "www.example.org".
1517</postamble>
1518</figure>
1519<t>
1520   The request-target is transmitted in the format specified in
1521   <xref target="http.uri"/>. If the request-target is percent-encoded
1522   (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="2.1"/>), the origin server
1523   &MUST; decode the request-target in order to
1524   properly interpret the request. Servers &SHOULD; respond to invalid
1525   request-targets with an appropriate status code.
1526</t>
1527<t>
1528   A transparent proxy &MUST-NOT; rewrite the "path-absolute" part of the
1529   received request-target when forwarding it to the next inbound server,
1530   except as noted above to replace a null path-absolute with "/" or "*".
1531</t>
1532<x:note>
1533  <t>
1534    <x:h>Note:</x:h> The "no rewrite" rule prevents the proxy from changing the
1535    meaning of the request when the origin server is improperly using
1536    a non-reserved URI character for a reserved purpose.  Implementors
1537    should be aware that some pre-HTTP/1.1 proxies have been known to
1538    rewrite the request-target.
1539  </t>
1540</x:note>
1541<t>
1542   HTTP does not place a pre-defined limit on the length of a request-target.
1543   A server &MUST; be prepared to receive URIs of unbounded length and
1544   respond with the 414 (URI Too Long) status if the received
1545   request-target would be longer than the server wishes to handle
1546   (see &status-414;).
1547</t>
1548<t>
1549   Various ad-hoc limitations on request-target length are found in practice.
1550   It is &RECOMMENDED; that all HTTP senders and recipients support
1551   request-target lengths of 8000 or more OCTETs.
1552</t>
1553<x:note>
1554  <t>
1555    <x:h>Note:</x:h> Fragments (<xref target="RFC3986" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.5"/>)
1556    are not part of the request-target and thus will not be transmitted
1557    in an HTTP request.
1558  </t>
1559</x:note>
1560</section>
1561</section>
1562
1563<section title="The Resource Identified by a Request" anchor="the.resource.identified.by.a.request">
1564<t>
1565   The exact resource identified by an Internet request is determined by
1566   examining both the request-target and the Host header field.
1567</t>
1568<t>
1569   An origin server that does not allow resources to differ by the
1570   requested host &MAY; ignore the Host header field value when
1571   determining the resource identified by an HTTP/1.1 request. (But see
1572   <xref target="changes.to.simplify.multi-homed.web.servers.and.conserve.ip.addresses"/>
1573   for other requirements on Host support in HTTP/1.1.)
1574</t>
1575<t>
1576   An origin server that does differentiate resources based on the host
1577   requested (sometimes referred to as virtual hosts or vanity host
1578   names) &MUST; use the following rules for determining the requested
1579   resource on an HTTP/1.1 request:
1580  <list style="numbers">
1581    <t>If request-target is an absolute-URI, the host is part of the
1582     request-target. Any Host header field value in the request &MUST; be
1583     ignored.</t>
1584    <t>If the request-target is not an absolute-URI, and the request includes
1585     a Host header field, the host is determined by the Host header
1586     field value.</t>
1587    <t>If the host as determined by rule 1 or 2 is not a valid host on
1588     the server, the response &MUST; be a 400 (Bad Request) error message.</t>
1589  </list>
1590</t>
1591<t>
1592   Recipients of an HTTP/1.0 request that lacks a Host header field &MAY;
1593   attempt to use heuristics (e.g., examination of the URI path for
1594   something unique to a particular host) in order to determine what
1595   exact resource is being requested.
1596</t>
1597</section>
1598
1599</section>
1600
1601
1602<section title="Response" anchor="response">
1603  <x:anchor-alias value="Response"/>
1604<t>
1605   After receiving and interpreting a request message, a server responds
1606   with an HTTP response message.
1607</t>
1608<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Response"/>
1609  <x:ref>Response</x:ref>      = <x:ref>Status-Line</x:ref>               ; <xref target="status-line"/>
1610                  *(( <x:ref>general-header</x:ref>        ; <xref target="general.header.fields"/>
1611                   / <x:ref>response-header</x:ref>        ; &response-header-fields;
1612                   / <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> ) <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> ) ; &entity-header-fields;
1613                  <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1614                  [ <x:ref>message-body</x:ref> ]          ; <xref target="message.body"/>
1615</artwork></figure>
1616
1617<section title="Status-Line" anchor="status-line">
1618  <x:anchor-alias value="Status-Line"/>
1619<t>
1620   The first line of a Response message is the Status-Line, consisting
1621   of the protocol version followed by a numeric status code and its
1622   associated textual phrase, with each element separated by SP
1623   characters. No CR or LF is allowed except in the final CRLF sequence.
1624</t>
1625<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Status-Line"/>
1626  <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>
1627</artwork></figure>
1628
1629<section title="Status Code and Reason Phrase" anchor="status.code.and.reason.phrase">
1630  <x:anchor-alias value="Reason-Phrase"/>
1631  <x:anchor-alias value="Status-Code"/>
1632<t>
1633   The Status-Code element is a 3-digit integer result code of the
1634   attempt to understand and satisfy the request. These codes are fully
1635   defined in &status-codes;.  The Reason Phrase exists for the sole
1636   purpose of providing a textual description associated with the numeric
1637   status code, out of deference to earlier Internet application protocols
1638   that were more frequently used with interactive text clients.
1639   A client &SHOULD; ignore the content of the Reason Phrase.
1640</t>
1641<t>
1642   The first digit of the Status-Code defines the class of response. The
1643   last two digits do not have any categorization role. There are 5
1644   values for the first digit:
1645  <list style="symbols">
1646    <t>
1647      1xx: Informational - Request received, continuing process
1648    </t>
1649    <t>
1650      2xx: Success - The action was successfully received,
1651        understood, and accepted
1652    </t>
1653    <t>
1654      3xx: Redirection - Further action must be taken in order to
1655        complete the request
1656    </t>
1657    <t>
1658      4xx: Client Error - The request contains bad syntax or cannot
1659        be fulfilled
1660    </t>
1661    <t>
1662      5xx: Server Error - The server failed to fulfill an apparently
1663        valid request
1664    </t>
1665  </list>
1666</t>
1667<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"/>
1668  <x:ref>Status-Code</x:ref>    = 3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1669  <x:ref>Reason-Phrase</x:ref>  = *( <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / <x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> )
1670</artwork></figure>
1671</section>
1672</section>
1673
1674</section>
1675
1676
1677<section title="Protocol Parameters" anchor="protocol.parameters">
1678
1679<section title="Date/Time Formats: Full Date" anchor="date.time.formats.full.date">
1680  <x:anchor-alias value="HTTP-date"/>
1681<t>
1682   HTTP applications have historically allowed three different formats
1683   for the representation of date/time stamps.
1684</t>
1685<t>
1686   The first format is preferred as an Internet standard and represents
1687   a fixed-length subset of that defined by <xref target="RFC1123"/>:
1688</t>
1689<figure><artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
1690Sun, 06 Nov 1994 08:49:37 GMT  ; RFC 1123
1691</artwork></figure>
1692<t>
1693   The other formats are described here only for compatibility with obsolete
1694   implementations.
1695</t>
1696<figure><artwork type="example" x:indent-with="  ">
1697Sunday, 06-Nov-94 08:49:37 GMT ; obsolete RFC 850 format
1698Sun Nov  6 08:49:37 1994       ; ANSI C's asctime() format
1699</artwork></figure>
1700<t>
1701   HTTP/1.1 clients and servers that parse the date value &MUST; accept
1702   all three formats (for compatibility with HTTP/1.0), though they &MUST;
1703   only generate the RFC 1123 format for representing HTTP-date values
1704   in header fields. See <xref target="tolerant.applications"/> for further information.
1705</t>
1706<t>
1707   All HTTP date/time stamps &MUST; be represented in Greenwich Mean Time
1708   (GMT), without exception. For the purposes of HTTP, GMT is exactly
1709   equal to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). This is indicated in the
1710   first two formats by the inclusion of "GMT" as the three-letter
1711   abbreviation for time zone, and &MUST; be assumed when reading the
1712   asctime format. HTTP-date is case sensitive and &MUST-NOT; include
1713   additional whitespace beyond that specifically included as SP in the
1714   grammar.
1715</t>
1716<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="HTTP-date"/>
1717  <x:ref>HTTP-date</x:ref>    = <x:ref>rfc1123-date</x:ref> / <x:ref>obs-date</x:ref>
1718</artwork></figure>
1719<t anchor="preferred.date.format">
1720  <x:anchor-alias value="rfc1123-date"/>
1721  <x:anchor-alias value="time-of-day"/>
1722  <x:anchor-alias value="hour"/>
1723  <x:anchor-alias value="minute"/>
1724  <x:anchor-alias value="second"/>
1725  <x:anchor-alias value="day-name"/>
1726  <x:anchor-alias value="day"/>
1727  <x:anchor-alias value="month"/>
1728  <x:anchor-alias value="year"/>
1729  <x:anchor-alias value="GMT"/>
1730  Preferred format:
1731</t>
1732<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"/>
1733  <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>
1734
1735  <x:ref>day-name</x:ref>     = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Mon"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Mon", case-sensitive
1736               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Tue"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Tue", case-sensitive
1737               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Wed"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Wed", case-sensitive
1738               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Thu"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Thu", case-sensitive
1739               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Fri"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Fri", case-sensitive
1740               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sat"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sat", case-sensitive
1741               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sun"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sun", case-sensitive
1742               
1743  <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>
1744               ; e.g., 02 Jun 1982
1745
1746  <x:ref>day</x:ref>          = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1747  <x:ref>month</x:ref>        = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Jan"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Jan", case-sensitive
1748               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Feb"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Feb", case-sensitive
1749               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Mar"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Mar", case-sensitive
1750               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Apr"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Apr", case-sensitive
1751               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"May"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "May", case-sensitive
1752               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Jun"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Jun", case-sensitive
1753               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Jul"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Jul", case-sensitive
1754               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Aug"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Aug", case-sensitive
1755               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sep"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sep", case-sensitive
1756               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Oct"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Oct", case-sensitive
1757               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Nov"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Nov", case-sensitive
1758               / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Dec"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Dec", case-sensitive
1759  <x:ref>year</x:ref>         = 4<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1760
1761  <x:ref>GMT</x:ref>   = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"GMT"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "GMT", case-sensitive
1762
1763  <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref>  = <x:ref>hour</x:ref> ":" <x:ref>minute</x:ref> ":" <x:ref>second</x:ref>
1764                 ; 00:00:00 - 23:59:59
1765                 
1766  <x:ref>hour</x:ref>         = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>               
1767  <x:ref>minute</x:ref>       = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>               
1768  <x:ref>second</x:ref>       = 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>               
1769</artwork></figure>
1770<t>
1771  The semantics of <x:ref>day-name</x:ref>, <x:ref>day</x:ref>,
1772  <x:ref>month</x:ref>, <x:ref>year</x:ref>, and <x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> are the
1773  same as those defined for the RFC 5322 constructs
1774  with the corresponding name (<xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="," x:sec="3.3"/>).
1775</t>
1776<t anchor="obsolete.date.formats">
1777  <x:anchor-alias value="obs-date"/>
1778  <x:anchor-alias value="rfc850-date"/>
1779  <x:anchor-alias value="asctime-date"/>
1780  <x:anchor-alias value="date1"/>
1781  <x:anchor-alias value="date2"/>
1782  <x:anchor-alias value="date3"/>
1783  <x:anchor-alias value="rfc1123-date"/>
1784  <x:anchor-alias value="day-name-l"/>
1785  Obsolete formats:
1786</t>
1787<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="obs-date"/>
1788  <x:ref>obs-date</x:ref>     = <x:ref>rfc850-date</x:ref> / <x:ref>asctime-date</x:ref>
1789</artwork></figure>
1790<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="rfc850-date"/>
1791  <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>
1792  <x:ref>date2</x:ref>        = <x:ref>day</x:ref> "-" <x:ref>month</x:ref> "-" 2<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
1793                 ; day-month-year (e.g., 02-Jun-82)
1794
1795  <x:ref>day-name-l</x:ref>   = <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Monday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Monday", case-sensitive
1796         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Tuesday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Tuesday", case-sensitive
1797         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Wednesday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Wednesday", case-sensitive
1798         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Thursday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Thursday", case-sensitive
1799         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Friday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Friday", case-sensitive
1800         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Saturday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Saturday", case-sensitive
1801         / <x:abnf-char-sequence>"Sunday"</x:abnf-char-sequence> ; "Sunday", case-sensitive
1802</artwork></figure>
1803<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="asctime-date"/>
1804  <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>
1805  <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> ))
1806                 ; month day (e.g., Jun  2)
1807</artwork></figure>
1808<x:note>
1809  <t>
1810    <x:h>Note:</x:h> Recipients of date values are encouraged to be robust in
1811    accepting date values that may have been sent by non-HTTP
1812    applications, as is sometimes the case when retrieving or posting
1813    messages via proxies/gateways to SMTP or NNTP.
1814  </t>
1815</x:note>
1816<x:note>
1817  <t>
1818    <x:h>Note:</x:h> HTTP requirements for the date/time stamp format apply only
1819    to their usage within the protocol stream. Clients and servers are
1820    not required to use these formats for user presentation, request
1821    logging, etc.
1822  </t>
1823</x:note>
1824</section>
1825
1826<section title="Transfer Codings" anchor="transfer.codings">
1827  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-coding"/>
1828  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-extension"/>
1829<t>
1830   Transfer-coding values are used to indicate an encoding
1831   transformation that has been, can be, or may need to be applied to an
1832   entity-body in order to ensure "safe transport" through the network.
1833   This differs from a content coding in that the transfer-coding is a
1834   property of the message, not of the original entity.
1835</t>
1836<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-coding"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="transfer-extension"/>
1837  <x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>         = "chunked" ; <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
1838                          / "compress" ; <xref target="compress.coding"/>
1839                          / "deflate" ; <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
1840                          / "gzip" ; <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
1841                          / <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref>
1842  <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> )
1843</artwork></figure>
1844<t anchor="rule.parameter">
1845  <x:anchor-alias value="attribute"/>
1846  <x:anchor-alias value="transfer-parameter"/>
1847  <x:anchor-alias value="value"/>
1848   Parameters are in  the form of attribute/value pairs.
1849</t>
1850<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"/>
1851  <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>
1852  <x:ref>attribute</x:ref>               = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1853  <x:ref>value</x:ref>                   = <x:ref>word</x:ref>
1854</artwork></figure>
1855<t>
1856   All transfer-coding values are case-insensitive. HTTP/1.1 uses
1857   transfer-coding values in the TE header field (<xref target="header.te"/>) and in
1858   the Transfer-Encoding header field (<xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>).
1859</t>
1860<t>
1861   Whenever a transfer-coding is applied to a message-body, the set of
1862   transfer-codings &MUST; include "chunked", unless the message indicates it
1863   is terminated by closing the connection. When the "chunked" transfer-coding
1864   is used, it &MUST; be the last transfer-coding applied to the
1865   message-body. The "chunked" transfer-coding &MUST-NOT; be applied more
1866   than once to a message-body. These rules allow the recipient to
1867   determine the transfer-length of the message (<xref target="message.length"/>).
1868</t>
1869<t>
1870   Transfer-codings are analogous to the Content-Transfer-Encoding values of
1871   MIME, which were designed to enable safe transport of binary data over a
1872   7-bit transport service (<xref target="RFC2045" x:fmt="," x:sec="6"/>).
1873   However, safe transport
1874   has a different focus for an 8bit-clean transfer protocol. In HTTP,
1875   the only unsafe characteristic of message-bodies is the difficulty in
1876   determining the exact body length (<xref target="message.length"/>), or the desire to
1877   encrypt data over a shared transport.
1878</t>
1879<t>
1880   A server which receives an entity-body with a transfer-coding it does
1881   not understand &SHOULD; return 501 (Not Implemented), and close the
1882   connection. A server &MUST-NOT; send transfer-codings to an HTTP/1.0
1883   client.
1884</t>
1885
1886<section title="Chunked Transfer Coding" anchor="chunked.encoding">
1887  <iref item="chunked (Coding Format)"/>
1888  <iref item="Coding Format" subitem="chunked"/>
1889  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk"/>
1890  <x:anchor-alias value="Chunked-Body"/>
1891  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-data"/>
1892  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext"/>
1893  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-name"/>
1894  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-ext-val"/>
1895  <x:anchor-alias value="chunk-size"/>
1896  <x:anchor-alias value="last-chunk"/>
1897  <x:anchor-alias value="trailer-part"/>
1898  <x:anchor-alias value="quoted-str-nf"/>
1899  <x:anchor-alias value="qdtext-nf"/>
1900<t>
1901   The chunked encoding modifies the body of a message in order to
1902   transfer it as a series of chunks, each with its own size indicator,
1903   followed by an &OPTIONAL; trailer containing entity-header fields. This
1904   allows dynamically produced content to be transferred along with the
1905   information necessary for the recipient to verify that it has
1906   received the full message.
1907</t>
1908<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"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="quoted-str-nf"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qdtext-nf"/>
1909  <x:ref>Chunked-Body</x:ref>   = *<x:ref>chunk</x:ref>
1910                   <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>
1911                   <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>
1912                   <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1913 
1914  <x:ref>chunk</x:ref>          = <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> *WSP [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1915                   <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1916  <x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>HEXDIG</x:ref>
1917  <x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref>     = 1*("0") *WSP [ <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> ] <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref>
1918 
1919  <x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref>      = *( ";" *WSP <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref>
1920                      [ "=" <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> ] *WSP )
1921  <x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
1922  <x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref>  = <x:ref>token</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref>
1923  <x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref>     = 1*<x:ref>OCTET</x:ref> ; a sequence of chunk-size octets
1924  <x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref>   = *( <x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> <x:ref>CRLF</x:ref> )
1925 
1926  <x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref>  = <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> *( <x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref> / <x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> ) <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref>
1927                 ; like <x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref>, but disallowing line folding
1928  <x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref>      = <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / %x21 / %x23-5B / %x5D-7E / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1929                 ; <x:ref>WSP</x:ref> / &lt;<x:ref>VCHAR</x:ref> except <x:ref>DQUOTE</x:ref> and "\"&gt; / <x:ref>obs-text</x:ref>
1930</artwork></figure>
1931<t>
1932   The chunk-size field is a string of hex digits indicating the size of
1933   the chunk-data in octets. The chunked encoding is ended by any chunk whose size is
1934   zero, followed by the trailer, which is terminated by an empty line.
1935</t>
1936<t>
1937   The trailer allows the sender to include additional HTTP header
1938   fields at the end of the message. The Trailer header field can be
1939   used to indicate which header fields are included in a trailer (see
1940   <xref target="header.trailer"/>).
1941</t>
1942<t>
1943   A server using chunked transfer-coding in a response &MUST-NOT; use the
1944   trailer for any header fields unless at least one of the following is
1945   true:
1946  <list style="numbers">
1947    <t>the request included a TE header field that indicates "trailers" is
1948     acceptable in the transfer-coding of the  response, as described in
1949     <xref target="header.te"/>; or,</t>
1950
1951    <t>the server is the origin server for the response, the trailer
1952     fields consist entirely of optional metadata, and the recipient
1953     could use the message (in a manner acceptable to the origin server)
1954     without receiving this metadata.  In other words, the origin server
1955     is willing to accept the possibility that the trailer fields might
1956     be silently discarded along the path to the client.</t>
1957  </list>
1958</t>
1959<t>
1960   This requirement prevents an interoperability failure when the
1961   message is being received by an HTTP/1.1 (or later) proxy and
1962   forwarded to an HTTP/1.0 recipient. It avoids a situation where
1963   compliance with the protocol would have necessitated a possibly
1964   infinite buffer on the proxy.
1965</t>
1966<t>
1967   A process for decoding the "chunked" transfer-coding
1968   can be represented in pseudo-code as:
1969</t>
1970<figure><artwork type="code">
1971  length := 0
1972  read chunk-size, chunk-ext (if any) and CRLF
1973  while (chunk-size &gt; 0) {
1974     read chunk-data and CRLF
1975     append chunk-data to entity-body
1976     length := length + chunk-size
1977     read chunk-size and CRLF
1978  }
1979  read entity-header
1980  while (entity-header not empty) {
1981     append entity-header to existing header fields
1982     read entity-header
1983  }
1984  Content-Length := length
1985  Remove "chunked" from Transfer-Encoding
1986</artwork></figure>
1987<t>
1988   All HTTP/1.1 applications &MUST; be able to receive and decode the
1989   "chunked" transfer-coding, and &MUST; ignore chunk-ext extensions
1990   they do not understand.
1991</t>
1992</section>
1993
1994<section title="Compression Codings" anchor="compression.codings">
1995<t>
1996   The codings defined below can be used to compress the payload of a
1997   message.
1998</t>
1999<x:note><t>
2000   <x:h>Note:</x:h> Use of program names for the identification of encoding formats
2001   is not desirable and is discouraged for future encodings. Their
2002   use here is representative of historical practice, not good
2003   design.
2004</t></x:note>
2005<x:note><t>
2006   <x:h>Note:</x:h> For compatibility with previous implementations of HTTP,
2007   applications &SHOULD; consider "x-gzip" and "x-compress" to be
2008   equivalent to "gzip" and "compress" respectively.
2009</t></x:note>
2010
2011<section title="Compress Coding" anchor="compress.coding">
2012<iref item="compress (Coding Format)"/>
2013<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="compress"/>
2014<t>
2015   The "compress" format is produced by the common UNIX file compression
2016   program "compress". This format is an adaptive Lempel-Ziv-Welch
2017   coding (LZW).
2018</t>
2019</section>
2020
2021<section title="Deflate Coding" anchor="deflate.coding">
2022<iref item="deflate (Coding Format)"/>
2023<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="deflate"/>
2024<t>
2025   The "deflate" format is defined as the "deflate" compression mechanism
2026   (described in <xref target="RFC1951"/>) used inside the "zlib"
2027   data format (<xref target="RFC1950"/>).
2028</t>
2029<x:note>
2030  <t>
2031    <x:h>Note:</x:h> Some incorrect implementations send the "deflate"
2032    compressed data without the zlib wrapper.
2033   </t>
2034</x:note>
2035</section>
2036
2037<section title="Gzip Coding" anchor="gzip.coding">
2038<iref item="gzip (Coding Format)"/>
2039<iref item="Coding Format" subitem="gzip"/>
2040<t>
2041   The "gzip" format is produced by the file compression program
2042   "gzip" (GNU zip), as described in <xref target="RFC1952"/>. This format is a
2043   Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77) with a 32 bit CRC.
2044</t>
2045</section>
2046
2047</section>
2048
2049<section title="Transfer Coding Registry" anchor="transfer.coding.registry">
2050<t>
2051   The HTTP Transfer Coding Registry defines the name space for the transfer
2052   coding names.
2053</t>
2054<t>
2055   Registrations &MUST; include the following fields:
2056   <list style="symbols">
2057     <t>Name</t>
2058     <t>Description</t>
2059     <t>Pointer to specification text</t>
2060   </list>
2061</t>
2062<t>
2063   Names of transfer codings &MUST-NOT; overlap with names of content codings
2064   (&content-codings;), unless the encoding transformation is identical (as it
2065   is the case for the compression codings defined in
2066   <xref target="compression.codings"/>).
2067</t>
2068<t>
2069   Values to be added to this name space require expert review and a specification
2070   (see "Expert Review" and "Specification Required" in
2071   <xref target="RFC5226" x:fmt="of" x:sec="4.1"/>), and &MUST;
2072   conform to the purpose of transfer coding defined in this section.
2073</t>
2074<t>
2075   The registry itself is maintained at
2076   <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/http-parameters"/>.
2077</t>
2078</section>
2079</section>
2080
2081<section title="Product Tokens" anchor="product.tokens">
2082  <x:anchor-alias value="product"/>
2083  <x:anchor-alias value="product-version"/>
2084<t>
2085   Product tokens are used to allow communicating applications to
2086   identify themselves by software name and version. Most fields using
2087   product tokens also allow sub-products which form a significant part
2088   of the application to be listed, separated by whitespace. By
2089   convention, the products are listed in order of their significance
2090   for identifying the application.
2091</t>
2092<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="product"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="product-version"/>
2093  <x:ref>product</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref> ["/" <x:ref>product-version</x:ref>]
2094  <x:ref>product-version</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2095</artwork></figure>
2096<t>
2097   Examples:
2098</t>
2099<figure><artwork type="example">
2100  User-Agent: CERN-LineMode/2.15 libwww/2.17b3
2101  Server: Apache/0.8.4
2102</artwork></figure>
2103<t>
2104   Product tokens &SHOULD; be short and to the point. They &MUST-NOT; be
2105   used for advertising or other non-essential information. Although any
2106   token character &MAY; appear in a product-version, this token &SHOULD;
2107   only be used for a version identifier (i.e., successive versions of
2108   the same product &SHOULD; only differ in the product-version portion of
2109   the product value).
2110</t>
2111</section>
2112
2113<section title="Quality Values" anchor="quality.values">
2114  <x:anchor-alias value="qvalue"/>
2115<t>
2116   Both transfer codings (TE request header, <xref target="header.te"/>)
2117   and content negotiation (&content.negotiation;) use short "floating point"
2118   numbers to indicate the relative importance ("weight") of various
2119   negotiable parameters.  A weight is normalized to a real number in
2120   the range 0 through 1, where 0 is the minimum and 1 the maximum
2121   value. If a parameter has a quality value of 0, then content with
2122   this parameter is "not acceptable" for the client. HTTP/1.1
2123   applications &MUST-NOT; generate more than three digits after the
2124   decimal point. User configuration of these values &SHOULD; also be
2125   limited in this fashion.
2126</t>
2127<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="qvalue"/>
2128  <x:ref>qvalue</x:ref>         = ( "0" [ "." 0*3<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref> ] )
2129                 / ( "1" [ "." 0*3("0") ] )
2130</artwork></figure>
2131<x:note>
2132  <t>
2133     <x:h>Note:</x:h> "Quality values" is a misnomer, since these values merely represent
2134     relative degradation in desired quality.
2135  </t>
2136</x:note>
2137</section>
2138
2139</section>
2140
2141<section title="Connections" anchor="connections">
2142
2143<section title="Persistent Connections" anchor="persistent.connections">
2144
2145<section title="Purpose" anchor="persistent.purpose">
2146<t>
2147   Prior to persistent connections, a separate TCP connection was
2148   established to fetch each URL, increasing the load on HTTP servers
2149   and causing congestion on the Internet. The use of inline images and
2150   other associated data often requires a client to make multiple
2151   requests of the same server in a short amount of time. Analysis of
2152   these performance problems and results from a prototype
2153   implementation are available <xref target="Pad1995"/> <xref target="Spe"/>. Implementation experience and
2154   measurements of actual HTTP/1.1 implementations show good
2155   results <xref target="Nie1997"/>. Alternatives have also been explored, for example,
2156   T/TCP <xref target="Tou1998"/>.
2157</t>
2158<t>
2159   Persistent HTTP connections have a number of advantages:
2160  <list style="symbols">
2161      <t>
2162        By opening and closing fewer TCP connections, CPU time is saved
2163        in routers and hosts (clients, servers, proxies, gateways,
2164        tunnels, or caches), and memory used for TCP protocol control
2165        blocks can be saved in hosts.
2166      </t>
2167      <t>
2168        HTTP requests and responses can be pipelined on a connection.
2169        Pipelining allows a client to make multiple requests without
2170        waiting for each response, allowing a single TCP connection to
2171        be used much more efficiently, with much lower elapsed time.
2172      </t>
2173      <t>
2174        Network congestion is reduced by reducing the number of packets
2175        caused by TCP opens, and by allowing TCP sufficient time to
2176        determine the congestion state of the network.
2177      </t>
2178      <t>
2179        Latency on subsequent requests is reduced since there is no time
2180        spent in TCP's connection opening handshake.
2181      </t>
2182      <t>
2183        HTTP can evolve more gracefully, since errors can be reported
2184        without the penalty of closing the TCP connection. Clients using
2185        future versions of HTTP might optimistically try a new feature,
2186        but if communicating with an older server, retry with old
2187        semantics after an error is reported.
2188      </t>
2189    </list>
2190</t>
2191<t>
2192   HTTP implementations &SHOULD; implement persistent connections.
2193</t>
2194</section>
2195
2196<section title="Overall Operation" anchor="persistent.overall">
2197<t>
2198   A significant difference between HTTP/1.1 and earlier versions of
2199   HTTP is that persistent connections are the default behavior of any
2200   HTTP connection. That is, unless otherwise indicated, the client
2201   &SHOULD; assume that the server will maintain a persistent connection,
2202   even after error responses from the server.
2203</t>
2204<t>
2205   Persistent connections provide a mechanism by which a client and a
2206   server can signal the close of a TCP connection. This signaling takes
2207   place using the Connection header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>). Once a close
2208   has been signaled, the client &MUST-NOT; send any more requests on that
2209   connection.
2210</t>
2211
2212<section title="Negotiation" anchor="persistent.negotiation">
2213<t>
2214   An HTTP/1.1 server &MAY; assume that a HTTP/1.1 client intends to
2215   maintain a persistent connection unless a Connection header including
2216   the connection-token "close" was sent in the request. If the server
2217   chooses to close the connection immediately after sending the
2218   response, it &SHOULD; send a Connection header including the
2219   connection-token "close".
2220</t>
2221<t>
2222   An HTTP/1.1 client &MAY; expect a connection to remain open, but would
2223   decide to keep it open based on whether the response from a server
2224   contains a Connection header with the connection-token close. In case
2225   the client does not want to maintain a connection for more than that
2226   request, it &SHOULD; send a Connection header including the
2227   connection-token close.
2228</t>
2229<t>
2230   If either the client or the server sends the close token in the
2231   Connection header, that request becomes the last one for the
2232   connection.
2233</t>
2234<t>
2235   Clients and servers &SHOULD-NOT;  assume that a persistent connection is
2236   maintained for HTTP versions less than 1.1 unless it is explicitly
2237   signaled. See <xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections"/> for more information on backward
2238   compatibility with HTTP/1.0 clients.
2239</t>
2240<t>
2241   In order to remain persistent, all messages on the connection &MUST;
2242   have a self-defined message length (i.e., one not defined by closure
2243   of the connection), as described in <xref target="message.length"/>.
2244</t>
2245</section>
2246
2247<section title="Pipelining" anchor="pipelining">
2248<t>
2249   A client that supports persistent connections &MAY; "pipeline" its
2250   requests (i.e., send multiple requests without waiting for each
2251   response). A server &MUST; send its responses to those requests in the
2252   same order that the requests were received.
2253</t>
2254<t>
2255   Clients which assume persistent connections and pipeline immediately
2256   after connection establishment &SHOULD; be prepared to retry their
2257   connection if the first pipelined attempt fails. If a client does
2258   such a retry, it &MUST-NOT; pipeline before it knows the connection is
2259   persistent. Clients &MUST; also be prepared to resend their requests if
2260   the server closes the connection before sending all of the
2261   corresponding responses.
2262</t>
2263<t>
2264   Clients &SHOULD-NOT;  pipeline requests using non-idempotent methods or
2265   non-idempotent sequences of methods (see &idempotent-methods;). Otherwise, a
2266   premature termination of the transport connection could lead to
2267   indeterminate results. A client wishing to send a non-idempotent
2268   request &SHOULD; wait to send that request until it has received the
2269   response status for the previous request.
2270</t>
2271</section>
2272</section>
2273
2274<section title="Proxy Servers" anchor="persistent.proxy">
2275<t>
2276   It is especially important that proxies correctly implement the
2277   properties of the Connection header field as specified in <xref target="header.connection"/>.
2278</t>
2279<t>
2280   The proxy server &MUST; signal persistent connections separately with
2281   its clients and the origin servers (or other proxy servers) that it
2282   connects to. Each persistent connection applies to only one transport
2283   link.
2284</t>
2285<t>
2286   A proxy server &MUST-NOT; establish a HTTP/1.1 persistent connection
2287   with an HTTP/1.0 client (but see <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>
2288   for information and discussion of the problems with the Keep-Alive header
2289   implemented by many HTTP/1.0 clients).
2290</t>
2291
2292<section title="End-to-end and Hop-by-hop Headers" anchor="end-to-end.and.hop-by-hop.headers">
2293<t>
2294  <cref anchor="TODO-end-to-end" source="jre">
2295    Restored from <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-05#section-7.1"/>.
2296    See also <eref target="http://trac.tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/60"/>.
2297  </cref>
2298</t>
2299<t>
2300   For the purpose of defining the behavior of caches and non-caching
2301   proxies, we divide HTTP headers into two categories:
2302  <list style="symbols">
2303      <t>End-to-end headers, which are  transmitted to the ultimate
2304        recipient of a request or response. End-to-end headers in
2305        responses MUST be stored as part of a cache entry and &MUST; be
2306        transmitted in any response formed from a cache entry.</t>
2307
2308      <t>Hop-by-hop headers, which are meaningful only for a single
2309        transport-level connection, and are not stored by caches or
2310        forwarded by proxies.</t>
2311  </list>
2312</t>
2313<t>
2314   The following HTTP/1.1 headers are hop-by-hop headers:
2315  <list style="symbols">
2316      <t>Connection</t>
2317      <t>Keep-Alive</t>
2318      <t>Proxy-Authenticate</t>
2319      <t>Proxy-Authorization</t>
2320      <t>TE</t>
2321      <t>Trailer</t>
2322      <t>Transfer-Encoding</t>
2323      <t>Upgrade</t>
2324  </list>
2325</t>
2326<t>
2327   All other headers defined by HTTP/1.1 are end-to-end headers.
2328</t>
2329<t>
2330   Other hop-by-hop headers &MUST; be listed in a Connection header
2331   (<xref target="header.connection"/>).
2332</t>
2333</section>
2334
2335<section title="Non-modifiable Headers" anchor="non-modifiable.headers">
2336<t>
2337  <cref anchor="TODO-non-mod-headers" source="jre">
2338    Restored from <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-05#section-7.2"/>.
2339    See also <eref target="http://trac.tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/60"/>.
2340  </cref>
2341</t>
2342<t>
2343   Some features of HTTP/1.1, such as Digest Authentication, depend on the
2344   value of certain end-to-end headers. A transparent proxy &SHOULD-NOT;
2345   modify an end-to-end header unless the definition of that header requires
2346   or specifically allows that.
2347</t>
2348<t>
2349   A transparent proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
2350   request or response, and it &MUST-NOT; add any of these fields if not
2351   already present:
2352  <list style="symbols">
2353      <t>Content-Location</t>
2354      <t>Content-MD5</t>
2355      <t>ETag</t>
2356      <t>Last-Modified</t>
2357  </list>
2358</t>
2359<t>
2360   A transparent proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
2361   response:
2362  <list style="symbols">
2363    <t>Expires</t>
2364  </list>
2365</t>
2366<t>
2367   but it &MAY; add any of these fields if not already present. If an
2368   Expires header is added, it &MUST; be given a field-value identical to
2369   that of the Date header in that response.
2370</t>
2371<t>
2372   A proxy &MUST-NOT; modify or add any of the following fields in a
2373   message that contains the no-transform cache-control directive, or in
2374   any request:
2375  <list style="symbols">
2376    <t>Content-Encoding</t>
2377    <t>Content-Range</t>
2378    <t>Content-Type</t>
2379  </list>
2380</t>
2381<t>
2382   A non-transparent proxy &MAY; modify or add these fields to a message
2383   that does not include no-transform, but if it does so, it &MUST; add a
2384   Warning 214 (Transformation applied) if one does not already appear
2385   in the message (see &header-warning;).
2386</t>
2387<x:note>
2388  <t>
2389    <x:h>Warning:</x:h> Unnecessary modification of end-to-end headers might
2390    cause authentication failures if stronger authentication
2391    mechanisms are introduced in later versions of HTTP. Such
2392    authentication mechanisms &MAY; rely on the values of header fields
2393    not listed here.
2394  </t>
2395</x:note>
2396<t>
2397   The Content-Length field of a request or response is added or deleted
2398   according to the rules in <xref target="message.length"/>. A transparent proxy &MUST;
2399   preserve the entity-length (&entity-length;) of the entity-body,
2400   although it &MAY; change the transfer-length (<xref target="message.length"/>).
2401</t>
2402</section>
2403
2404</section>
2405
2406<section title="Practical Considerations" anchor="persistent.practical">
2407<t>
2408   Servers will usually have some time-out value beyond which they will
2409   no longer maintain an inactive connection. Proxy servers might make
2410   this a higher value since it is likely that the client will be making
2411   more connections through the same server. The use of persistent
2412   connections places no requirements on the length (or existence) of
2413   this time-out for either the client or the server.
2414</t>
2415<t>
2416   When a client or server wishes to time-out it &SHOULD; issue a graceful
2417   close on the transport connection. Clients and servers &SHOULD; both
2418   constantly watch for the other side of the transport close, and
2419   respond to it as appropriate. If a client or server does not detect
2420   the other side's close promptly it could cause unnecessary resource
2421   drain on the network.
2422</t>
2423<t>
2424   A client, server, or proxy &MAY; close the transport connection at any
2425   time. For example, a client might have started to send a new request
2426   at the same time that the server has decided to close the "idle"
2427   connection. From the server's point of view, the connection is being
2428   closed while it was idle, but from the client's point of view, a
2429   request is in progress.
2430</t>
2431<t>
2432   This means that clients, servers, and proxies &MUST; be able to recover
2433   from asynchronous close events. Client software &SHOULD; reopen the
2434   transport connection and retransmit the aborted sequence of requests
2435   without user interaction so long as the request sequence is
2436   idempotent (see &idempotent-methods;). Non-idempotent methods or sequences
2437   &MUST-NOT; be automatically retried, although user agents &MAY; offer a
2438   human operator the choice of retrying the request(s). Confirmation by
2439   user-agent software with semantic understanding of the application
2440   &MAY; substitute for user confirmation. The automatic retry &SHOULD-NOT;
2441   be repeated if the second sequence of requests fails.
2442</t>
2443<t>
2444   Servers &SHOULD; always respond to at least one request per connection,
2445   if at all possible. Servers &SHOULD-NOT;  close a connection in the
2446   middle of transmitting a response, unless a network or client failure
2447   is suspected.
2448</t>
2449<t>
2450   Clients (including proxies) &SHOULD; limit the number of simultaneous
2451   connections that they maintain to a given server (including proxies).
2452</t>
2453<t>
2454   Previous revisions of HTTP gave a specific number of connections as a
2455   ceiling, but this was found to be impractical for many applications. As a
2456   result, this specification does not mandate a particular maximum number of
2457   connections, but instead encourages clients to be conservative when opening
2458   multiple connections.
2459</t>
2460<t>
2461   In particular, while using multiple connections avoids the "head-of-line
2462   blocking" problem (whereby a request that takes significant server-side
2463   processing and/or has a large payload can block subsequent requests on the
2464   same connection), each connection used consumes server resources (sometimes
2465   significantly), and furthermore using multiple connections can cause
2466   undesirable side effects in congested networks.
2467</t>
2468<t>
2469   Note that servers might reject traffic that they deem abusive, including an
2470   excessive number of connections from a client.
2471</t>
2472</section>
2473</section>
2474
2475<section title="Message Transmission Requirements" anchor="message.transmission.requirements">
2476
2477<section title="Persistent Connections and Flow Control" anchor="persistent.flow">
2478<t>
2479   HTTP/1.1 servers &SHOULD; maintain persistent connections and use TCP's
2480   flow control mechanisms to resolve temporary overloads, rather than
2481   terminating connections with the expectation that clients will retry.
2482   The latter technique can exacerbate network congestion.
2483</t>
2484</section>
2485
2486<section title="Monitoring Connections for Error Status Messages" anchor="persistent.monitor">
2487<t>
2488   An HTTP/1.1 (or later) client sending a message-body &SHOULD; monitor
2489   the network connection for an error status while it is transmitting
2490   the request. If the client sees an error status, it &SHOULD;
2491   immediately cease transmitting the body. If the body is being sent
2492   using a "chunked" encoding (<xref target="transfer.codings"/>), a zero length chunk and
2493   empty trailer &MAY; be used to prematurely mark the end of the message.
2494   If the body was preceded by a Content-Length header, the client &MUST;
2495   close the connection.
2496</t>
2497</section>
2498
2499<section title="Use of the 100 (Continue) Status" anchor="use.of.the.100.status">
2500<t>
2501   The purpose of the 100 (Continue) status (see &status-100;) is to
2502   allow a client that is sending a request message with a request body
2503   to determine if the origin server is willing to accept the request
2504   (based on the request headers) before the client sends the request
2505   body. In some cases, it might either be inappropriate or highly
2506   inefficient for the client to send the body if the server will reject
2507   the message without looking at the body.
2508</t>
2509<t>
2510   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 clients:
2511  <list style="symbols">
2512    <t>
2513        If a client will wait for a 100 (Continue) response before
2514        sending the request body, it &MUST; send an Expect request-header
2515        field (&header-expect;) with the "100-continue" expectation.
2516    </t>
2517    <t>
2518        A client &MUST-NOT; send an Expect request-header field (&header-expect;)
2519        with the "100-continue" expectation if it does not intend
2520        to send a request body.
2521    </t>
2522  </list>
2523</t>
2524<t>
2525   Because of the presence of older implementations, the protocol allows
2526   ambiguous situations in which a client may send "Expect: 100-continue"
2527   without receiving either a 417 (Expectation Failed) status
2528   or a 100 (Continue) status. Therefore, when a client sends this
2529   header field to an origin server (possibly via a proxy) from which it
2530   has never seen a 100 (Continue) status, the client &SHOULD-NOT;  wait
2531   for an indefinite period before sending the request body.
2532</t>
2533<t>
2534   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 origin servers:
2535  <list style="symbols">
2536    <t> Upon receiving a request which includes an Expect request-header
2537        field with the "100-continue" expectation, an origin server &MUST;
2538        either respond with 100 (Continue) status and continue to read
2539        from the input stream, or respond with a final status code. The
2540        origin server &MUST-NOT; wait for the request body before sending
2541        the 100 (Continue) response. If it responds with a final status
2542        code, it &MAY; close the transport connection or it &MAY; continue
2543        to read and discard the rest of the request.  It &MUST-NOT;
2544        perform the requested method if it returns a final status code.
2545    </t>
2546    <t> An origin server &SHOULD-NOT;  send a 100 (Continue) response if
2547        the request message does not include an Expect request-header
2548        field with the "100-continue" expectation, and &MUST-NOT; send a
2549        100 (Continue) response if such a request comes from an HTTP/1.0
2550        (or earlier) client. There is an exception to this rule: for
2551        compatibility with <xref target="RFC2068"/>, a server &MAY; send a 100 (Continue)
2552        status in response to an HTTP/1.1 PUT or POST request that does
2553        not include an Expect request-header field with the "100-continue"
2554        expectation. This exception, the purpose of which is
2555        to minimize any client processing delays associated with an
2556        undeclared wait for 100 (Continue) status, applies only to
2557        HTTP/1.1 requests, and not to requests with any other HTTP-version
2558        value.
2559    </t>
2560    <t> An origin server &MAY; omit a 100 (Continue) response if it has
2561        already received some or all of the request body for the
2562        corresponding request.
2563    </t>
2564    <t> An origin server that sends a 100 (Continue) response &MUST;
2565    ultimately send a final status code, once the request body is
2566        received and processed, unless it terminates the transport
2567        connection prematurely.
2568    </t>
2569    <t> If an origin server receives a request that does not include an
2570        Expect request-header field with the "100-continue" expectation,
2571        the request includes a request body, and the server responds
2572        with a final status code before reading the entire request body
2573        from the transport connection, then the server &SHOULD-NOT;  close
2574        the transport connection until it has read the entire request,
2575        or until the client closes the connection. Otherwise, the client
2576        might not reliably receive the response message. However, this
2577        requirement is not be construed as preventing a server from
2578        defending itself against denial-of-service attacks, or from
2579        badly broken client implementations.
2580      </t>
2581    </list>
2582</t>
2583<t>
2584   Requirements for HTTP/1.1 proxies:
2585  <list style="symbols">
2586    <t> If a proxy receives a request that includes an Expect request-header
2587        field with the "100-continue" expectation, and the proxy
2588        either knows that the next-hop server complies with HTTP/1.1 or
2589        higher, or does not know the HTTP version of the next-hop
2590        server, it &MUST; forward the request, including the Expect header
2591        field.
2592    </t>
2593    <t> If the proxy knows that the version of the next-hop server is
2594        HTTP/1.0 or lower, it &MUST-NOT; forward the request, and it &MUST;
2595        respond with a 417 (Expectation Failed) status.
2596    </t>
2597    <t> Proxies &SHOULD; maintain a cache recording the HTTP version
2598        numbers received from recently-referenced next-hop servers.
2599    </t>
2600    <t> A proxy &MUST-NOT; forward a 100 (Continue) response if the
2601        request message was received from an HTTP/1.0 (or earlier)
2602        client and did not include an Expect request-header field with
2603        the "100-continue" expectation. This requirement overrides the
2604        general rule for forwarding of 1xx responses (see &status-1xx;).
2605    </t>
2606  </list>
2607</t>
2608</section>
2609
2610<section title="Client Behavior if Server Prematurely Closes Connection" anchor="connection.premature">
2611<t>
2612   If an HTTP/1.1 client sends a request which includes a request body,
2613   but which does not include an Expect request-header field with the
2614   "100-continue" expectation, and if the client is not directly
2615   connected to an HTTP/1.1 origin server, and if the client sees the
2616   connection close before receiving any status from the server, the
2617   client &SHOULD; retry the request.  If the client does retry this
2618   request, it &MAY; use the following "binary exponential backoff"
2619   algorithm to be assured of obtaining a reliable response:
2620  <list style="numbers">
2621    <t>
2622      Initiate a new connection to the server
2623    </t>
2624    <t>
2625      Transmit the request-headers
2626    </t>
2627    <t>
2628      Initialize a variable R to the estimated round-trip time to the
2629         server (e.g., based on the time it took to establish the
2630         connection), or to a constant value of 5 seconds if the round-trip
2631         time is not available.
2632    </t>
2633    <t>
2634       Compute T = R * (2**N), where N is the number of previous
2635         retries of this request.
2636    </t>
2637    <t>
2638       Wait either for an error response from the server, or for T
2639         seconds (whichever comes first)
2640    </t>
2641    <t>
2642       If no error response is received, after T seconds transmit the
2643         body of the request.
2644    </t>
2645    <t>
2646       If client sees that the connection is closed prematurely,
2647         repeat from step 1 until the request is accepted, an error
2648         response is received, or the user becomes impatient and
2649         terminates the retry process.
2650    </t>
2651  </list>
2652</t>
2653<t>
2654   If at any point an error status is received, the client
2655  <list style="symbols">
2656      <t>&SHOULD-NOT;  continue and</t>
2657
2658      <t>&SHOULD; close the connection if it has not completed sending the
2659        request message.</t>
2660    </list>
2661</t>
2662</section>
2663</section>
2664</section>
2665
2666
2667<section title="Miscellaneous notes that may disappear" anchor="misc">
2668<section title="Scheme aliases considered harmful" anchor="scheme.aliases">
2669<t>
2670   <cref anchor="TBD-aliases-harmful">describe why aliases like webcal are harmful.</cref>
2671</t>
2672</section>
2673
2674<section title="Use of HTTP for proxy communication" anchor="http.proxy">
2675<t>
2676   <cref anchor="TBD-proxy-other">Configured to use HTTP to proxy HTTP or other protocols.</cref>
2677</t>
2678</section>
2679
2680<section title="Interception of HTTP for access control" anchor="http.intercept">
2681<t>
2682   <cref anchor="TBD-intercept">Interception of HTTP traffic for initiating access control.</cref>
2683</t>
2684</section>
2685
2686<section title="Use of HTTP by other protocols" anchor="http.others">
2687<t>
2688   <cref anchor="TBD-profiles">Profiles of HTTP defined by other protocol.
2689   Extensions of HTTP like WebDAV.</cref>
2690</t>
2691
2692</section>
2693<section title="Use of HTTP by media type specification" anchor="http.media">
2694<t>
2695   <cref anchor="TBD-hypertext">Instructions on composing HTTP requests via hypertext formats.</cref>
2696</t>
2697</section>
2698</section>
2699
2700<section title="Header Field Definitions" anchor="header.field.definitions">
2701<t>
2702   This section defines the syntax and semantics of HTTP/1.1 header fields
2703   related to message framing and transport protocols.
2704</t>
2705<t>
2706   For entity-header fields, both sender and recipient refer to either the
2707   client or the server, depending on who sends and who receives the entity.
2708</t>
2709
2710<section title="Connection" anchor="header.connection">
2711  <iref primary="true" item="Connection header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2712  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Connection" x:for-anchor=""/>
2713  <x:anchor-alias value="Connection"/>
2714  <x:anchor-alias value="connection-token"/>
2715  <x:anchor-alias value="Connection-v"/>
2716<t>
2717   The "Connection" general-header field allows the sender to specify
2718   options that are desired for that particular connection and &MUST-NOT;
2719   be communicated by proxies over further connections.
2720</t>
2721<t>
2722   The Connection header's value has the following grammar:
2723</t>
2724<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"/>
2725  <x:ref>Connection</x:ref>       = "Connection" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Connection-v</x:ref>
2726  <x:ref>Connection-v</x:ref>     = 1#<x:ref>connection-token</x:ref>
2727  <x:ref>connection-token</x:ref> = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
2728</artwork></figure>
2729<t>
2730   HTTP/1.1 proxies &MUST; parse the Connection header field before a
2731   message is forwarded and, for each connection-token in this field,
2732   remove any header field(s) from the message with the same name as the
2733   connection-token. Connection options are signaled by the presence of
2734   a connection-token in the Connection header field, not by any
2735   corresponding additional header field(s), since the additional header
2736   field may not be sent if there are no parameters associated with that
2737   connection option.
2738</t>
2739<t>
2740   Message headers listed in the Connection header &MUST-NOT; include
2741   end-to-end headers, such as Cache-Control.
2742</t>
2743<t>
2744   HTTP/1.1 defines the "close" connection option for the sender to
2745   signal that the connection will be closed after completion of the
2746   response. For example,
2747</t>
2748<figure><artwork type="example">
2749  Connection: close
2750</artwork></figure>
2751<t>
2752   in either the request or the response header fields indicates that
2753   the connection &SHOULD-NOT;  be considered "persistent" (<xref target="persistent.connections"/>)
2754   after the current request/response is complete.
2755</t>
2756<t>
2757   An HTTP/1.1 client that does not support persistent connections &MUST;
2758   include the "close" connection option in every request message.
2759</t>
2760<t>
2761   An HTTP/1.1 server that does not support persistent connections &MUST;
2762   include the "close" connection option in every response message that
2763   does not have a 1xx (Informational) status code.
2764</t>
2765<t>
2766   A system receiving an HTTP/1.0 (or lower-version) message that
2767   includes a Connection header &MUST;, for each connection-token in this
2768   field, remove and ignore any header field(s) from the message with
2769   the same name as the connection-token. This protects against mistaken
2770   forwarding of such header fields by pre-HTTP/1.1 proxies. See <xref target="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections"/>.
2771</t>
2772</section>
2773
2774<section title="Content-Length" anchor="header.content-length">
2775  <iref primary="true" item="Content-Length header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2776  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Content-Length" x:for-anchor=""/>
2777  <x:anchor-alias value="Content-Length"/>
2778  <x:anchor-alias value="Content-Length-v"/>
2779<t>
2780   The "Content-Length" entity-header field indicates the size of the
2781   entity-body, in number of OCTETs. In the case of responses to the HEAD
2782   method, it indicates the size of the entity-body that would have been sent
2783   had the request been a GET.
2784</t>
2785<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Content-Length"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Content-Length-v"/>
2786  <x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref>   = "Content-Length" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> 1*<x:ref>Content-Length-v</x:ref>
2787  <x:ref>Content-Length-v</x:ref> = 1*<x:ref>DIGIT</x:ref>
2788</artwork></figure>
2789<t>
2790   An example is
2791</t>
2792<figure><artwork type="example">
2793  Content-Length: 3495
2794</artwork></figure>
2795<t>
2796   Applications &SHOULD; use this field to indicate the transfer-length of
2797   the message-body, unless this is prohibited by the rules in <xref target="message.length"/>.
2798</t>
2799<t>
2800   Any Content-Length greater than or equal to zero is a valid value.
2801   <xref target="message.length"/> describes how to determine the length of a message-body
2802   if a Content-Length is not given.
2803</t>
2804<t>
2805   Note that the meaning of this field is significantly different from
2806   the corresponding definition in MIME, where it is an optional field
2807   used within the "message/external-body" content-type. In HTTP, it
2808   &SHOULD; be sent whenever the message's length can be determined prior
2809   to being transferred, unless this is prohibited by the rules in
2810   <xref target="message.length"/>.
2811</t>
2812</section>
2813
2814<section title="Date" anchor="header.date">
2815  <iref primary="true" item="Date header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2816  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Date" x:for-anchor=""/>
2817  <x:anchor-alias value="Date"/>
2818  <x:anchor-alias value="Date-v"/>
2819<t>
2820   The "Date" general-header field represents the date and time at which
2821   the message was originated, having the same semantics as the Origination
2822   Date Field (orig-date) defined in <xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="of" x:sec="3.6.1"/>.
2823   The field value is an HTTP-date, as described in <xref target="date.time.formats.full.date"/>;
2824   it &MUST; be sent in rfc1123-date format.
2825</t>
2826<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Date"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Date-v"/>
2827  <x:ref>Date</x:ref>   = "Date" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Date-v</x:ref>
2828  <x:ref>Date-v</x:ref> = <x:ref>HTTP-date</x:ref>
2829</artwork></figure>
2830<t>
2831   An example is
2832</t>
2833<figure><artwork type="example">
2834  Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 08:12:31 GMT
2835</artwork></figure>
2836<t>
2837   Origin servers &MUST; include a Date header field in all responses,
2838   except in these cases:
2839  <list style="numbers">
2840      <t>If the response status code is 100 (Continue) or 101 (Switching
2841         Protocols), the response &MAY; include a Date header field, at
2842         the server's option.</t>
2843
2844      <t>If the response status code conveys a server error, e.g., 500
2845         (Internal Server Error) or 503 (Service Unavailable), and it is
2846         inconvenient or impossible to generate a valid Date.</t>
2847
2848      <t>If the server does not have a clock that can provide a
2849         reasonable approximation of the current time, its responses
2850         &MUST-NOT; include a Date header field. In this case, the rules
2851         in <xref target="clockless.origin.server.operation"/> &MUST; be followed.</t>
2852  </list>
2853</t>
2854<t>
2855   A received message that does not have a Date header field &MUST; be
2856   assigned one by the recipient if the message will be cached by that
2857   recipient or gatewayed via a protocol which requires a Date. An HTTP
2858   implementation without a clock &MUST-NOT; cache responses without
2859   revalidating them on every use. An HTTP cache, especially a shared
2860   cache, &SHOULD; use a mechanism, such as NTP <xref target="RFC1305"/>, to synchronize its
2861   clock with a reliable external standard.
2862</t>
2863<t>
2864   Clients &SHOULD; only send a Date header field in messages that include
2865   an entity-body, as in the case of the PUT and POST requests, and even
2866   then it is optional. A client without a clock &MUST-NOT; send a Date
2867   header field in a request.
2868</t>
2869<t>
2870   The HTTP-date sent in a Date header &SHOULD-NOT;  represent a date and
2871   time subsequent to the generation of the message. It &SHOULD; represent
2872   the best available approximation of the date and time of message
2873   generation, unless the implementation has no means of generating a
2874   reasonably accurate date and time. In theory, the date ought to
2875   represent the moment just before the entity is generated. In
2876   practice, the date can be generated at any time during the message
2877   origination without affecting its semantic value.
2878</t>
2879
2880<section title="Clockless Origin Server Operation" anchor="clockless.origin.server.operation">
2881<t>
2882   Some origin server implementations might not have a clock available.
2883   An origin server without a clock &MUST-NOT; assign Expires or Last-Modified
2884   values to a response, unless these values were associated
2885   with the resource by a system or user with a reliable clock. It &MAY;
2886   assign an Expires value that is known, at or before server
2887   configuration time, to be in the past (this allows "pre-expiration"
2888   of responses without storing separate Expires values for each
2889   resource).
2890</t>
2891</section>
2892</section>
2893
2894<section title="Host" anchor="header.host">
2895  <iref primary="true" item="Host header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2896  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Host" x:for-anchor=""/>
2897  <x:anchor-alias value="Host"/>
2898  <x:anchor-alias value="Host-v"/>
2899<t>
2900   The "Host" request-header field specifies the Internet host and port
2901   number of the resource being requested, allowing the origin server or
2902   gateway to differentiate between internally-ambiguous URLs, such as the root
2903   "/" URL of a server for multiple host names on a single IP address.
2904</t>
2905<t>    
2906   The Host field value &MUST; represent the naming authority of the origin
2907   server or gateway given by the original URL obtained from the user or
2908   referring resource (generally an http URI, as described in
2909   <xref target="http.uri"/>).
2910</t>
2911<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Host"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Host-v"/>
2912  <x:ref>Host</x:ref>   = "Host" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Host-v</x:ref>
2913  <x:ref>Host-v</x:ref> = <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ; <xref target="http.uri"/>
2914</artwork></figure>
2915<t>
2916   A "host" without any trailing port information implies the default
2917   port for the service requested (e.g., "80" for an HTTP URL). For
2918   example, a request on the origin server for
2919   &lt;http://www.example.org/pub/WWW/&gt; would properly include:
2920</t>
2921<figure><artwork type="message/http; msgtype=&#34;request&#34;" x:indent-with="  ">
2922GET /pub/WWW/ HTTP/1.1
2923Host: www.example.org
2924</artwork></figure>
2925<t>
2926   A client &MUST; include a Host header field in all HTTP/1.1 request
2927   messages. If the requested URI does not include an Internet host
2928   name for the service being requested, then the Host header field &MUST;
2929   be given with an empty value. An HTTP/1.1 proxy &MUST; ensure that any
2930   request message it forwards does contain an appropriate Host header
2931   field that identifies the service being requested by the proxy. All
2932   Internet-based HTTP/1.1 servers &MUST; respond with a 400 (Bad Request)
2933   status code to any HTTP/1.1 request message which lacks a Host header
2934   field.
2935</t>
2936<t>
2937   See Sections <xref target="the.resource.identified.by.a.request" format="counter"/>
2938   and <xref target="changes.to.simplify.multi-homed.web.servers.and.conserve.ip.addresses" format="counter"/>
2939   for other requirements relating to Host.
2940</t>
2941</section>
2942
2943<section title="TE" anchor="header.te">
2944  <iref primary="true" item="TE header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2945  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="TE" x:for-anchor=""/>
2946  <x:anchor-alias value="TE"/>
2947  <x:anchor-alias value="TE-v"/>
2948  <x:anchor-alias value="t-codings"/>
2949  <x:anchor-alias value="te-params"/>
2950  <x:anchor-alias value="te-ext"/>
2951<t>
2952   The "TE" request-header field indicates what extension transfer-codings
2953   it is willing to accept in the response, and whether or not it is
2954   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer-coding.
2955</t>
2956<t>
2957   Its value may consist of the keyword "trailers" and/or a comma-separated
2958   list of extension transfer-coding names with optional accept
2959   parameters (as described in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>).
2960</t>
2961<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"/>
2962  <x:ref>TE</x:ref>        = "TE" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>TE-v</x:ref>
2963  <x:ref>TE-v</x:ref>      = #<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref>
2964  <x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( <x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> [ <x:ref>te-params</x:ref> ] )
2965  <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> )
2966  <x:ref>te-ext</x:ref>    = <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> ";" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>token</x:ref> [ "=" <x:ref>word</x:ref> ]
2967</artwork></figure>
2968<t>
2969   The presence of the keyword "trailers" indicates that the client is
2970   willing to accept trailer fields in a chunked transfer-coding, as
2971   defined in <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>. This keyword is reserved for use with
2972   transfer-coding values even though it does not itself represent a
2973   transfer-coding.
2974</t>
2975<t>
2976   Examples of its use are:
2977</t>
2978<figure><artwork type="example">
2979  TE: deflate
2980  TE:
2981  TE: trailers, deflate;q=0.5
2982</artwork></figure>
2983<t>
2984   The TE header field only applies to the immediate connection.
2985   Therefore, the keyword &MUST; be supplied within a Connection header
2986   field (<xref target="header.connection"/>) whenever TE is present in an HTTP/1.1 message.
2987</t>
2988<t>
2989   A server tests whether a transfer-coding is acceptable, according to
2990   a TE field, using these rules:
2991  <list style="numbers">
2992    <x:lt>
2993      <t>The "chunked" transfer-coding is always acceptable. If the
2994         keyword "trailers" is listed, the client indicates that it is
2995         willing to accept trailer fields in the chunked response on
2996         behalf of itself and any downstream clients. The implication is
2997         that, if given, the client is stating that either all
2998         downstream clients are willing to accept trailer fields in the
2999         forwarded response, or that it will attempt to buffer the
3000         response on behalf of downstream recipients.
3001      </t><t>
3002         <x:h>Note:</x:h> HTTP/1.1 does not define any means to limit the size of a
3003         chunked response such that a client can be assured of buffering
3004         the entire response.</t>
3005    </x:lt>
3006    <x:lt>
3007      <t>If the transfer-coding being tested is one of the transfer-codings
3008         listed in the TE field, then it is acceptable unless it
3009         is accompanied by a qvalue of 0. (As defined in <xref target="quality.values"/>, a
3010         qvalue of 0 means "not acceptable.")</t>
3011    </x:lt>
3012    <x:lt>
3013      <t>If multiple transfer-codings are acceptable, then the
3014         acceptable transfer-coding with the highest non-zero qvalue is
3015         preferred.  The "chunked" transfer-coding always has a qvalue
3016         of 1.</t>
3017    </x:lt>
3018  </list>
3019</t>
3020<t>
3021   If the TE field-value is empty or if no TE field is present, the only
3022   transfer-coding is "chunked". A message with no transfer-coding is
3023   always acceptable.
3024</t>
3025</section>
3026
3027<section title="Trailer" anchor="header.trailer">
3028  <iref primary="true" item="Trailer header" x:for-anchor=""/>
3029  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Trailer" x:for-anchor=""/>
3030  <x:anchor-alias value="Trailer"/>
3031  <x:anchor-alias value="Trailer-v"/>
3032<t>
3033   The "Trailer" general-header field indicates that the given set of
3034   header fields is present in the trailer of a message encoded with
3035   chunked transfer-coding.
3036</t>
3037<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Trailer"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Trailer-v"/>
3038  <x:ref>Trailer</x:ref>   = "Trailer" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Trailer-v</x:ref>
3039  <x:ref>Trailer-v</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>field-name</x:ref>
3040</artwork></figure>
3041<t>
3042   An HTTP/1.1 message &SHOULD; include a Trailer header field in a
3043   message using chunked transfer-coding with a non-empty trailer. Doing
3044   so allows the recipient to know which header fields to expect in the
3045   trailer.
3046</t>
3047<t>
3048   If no Trailer header field is present, the trailer &SHOULD-NOT;  include
3049   any header fields. See <xref target="chunked.encoding"/> for restrictions on the use of
3050   trailer fields in a "chunked" transfer-coding.
3051</t>
3052<t>
3053   Message header fields listed in the Trailer header field &MUST-NOT;
3054   include the following header fields:
3055  <list style="symbols">
3056    <t>Transfer-Encoding</t>
3057    <t>Content-Length</t>
3058    <t>Trailer</t>
3059  </list>
3060</t>
3061</section>
3062
3063<section title="Transfer-Encoding" anchor="header.transfer-encoding">
3064  <iref primary="true" item="Transfer-Encoding header" x:for-anchor=""/>
3065  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Transfer-Encoding" x:for-anchor=""/>
3066  <x:anchor-alias value="Transfer-Encoding"/>
3067  <x:anchor-alias value="Transfer-Encoding-v"/>
3068<t>
3069   The "Transfer-Encoding" general-header field indicates what transfer-codings
3070   (if any) have been applied to the message body. It differs from
3071   Content-Encoding (&content-codings;) in that transfer-codings are a property
3072   of the message (and therefore are removed by intermediaries), whereas
3073   content-codings are not.
3074</t>
3075<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Transfer-Encoding"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Transfer-Encoding-v"/>
3076  <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref>   = "Transfer-Encoding" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref>
3077                        <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding-v</x:ref>
3078  <x:ref>Transfer-Encoding-v</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref>
3079</artwork></figure>
3080<t>
3081   Transfer-codings are defined in <xref target="transfer.codings"/>. An example is:
3082</t>
3083<figure><artwork type="example">
3084  Transfer-Encoding: chunked
3085</artwork></figure>
3086<t>
3087   If multiple encodings have been applied to an entity, the transfer-codings
3088   &MUST; be listed in the order in which they were applied.
3089   Additional information about the encoding parameters &MAY; be provided
3090   by other entity-header fields not defined by this specification.
3091</t>
3092<t>
3093   Many older HTTP/1.0 applications do not understand the Transfer-Encoding
3094   header.
3095</t>
3096</section>
3097
3098<section title="Upgrade" anchor="header.upgrade">
3099  <iref primary="true" item="Upgrade header" x:for-anchor=""/>
3100  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Upgrade" x:for-anchor=""/>
3101  <x:anchor-alias value="Upgrade"/>
3102  <x:anchor-alias value="Upgrade-v"/>
3103<t>
3104   The "Upgrade" general-header field allows the client to specify what
3105   additional communication protocols it would like to use, if the server
3106   chooses to switch protocols. Additionally, the server &MUST; use the Upgrade
3107   header field within a 101 (Switching Protocols) response to indicate which
3108   protocol(s) are being switched to.
3109</t>
3110<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Upgrade"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Upgrade-v"/>
3111  <x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref>   = "Upgrade" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Upgrade-v</x:ref>
3112  <x:ref>Upgrade-v</x:ref> = 1#<x:ref>product</x:ref>
3113</artwork></figure>
3114<t>
3115   For example,
3116</t>
3117<figure><artwork type="example">
3118  Upgrade: HTTP/2.0, SHTTP/1.3, IRC/6.9, RTA/x11
3119</artwork></figure>
3120<t>
3121   The Upgrade header field is intended to provide a simple mechanism
3122   for transition from HTTP/1.1 to some other, incompatible protocol. It
3123   does so by allowing the client to advertise its desire to use another
3124   protocol, such as a later version of HTTP with a higher major version
3125   number, even though the current request has been made using HTTP/1.1.
3126   This eases the difficult transition between incompatible protocols by
3127   allowing the client to initiate a request in the more commonly
3128   supported protocol while indicating to the server that it would like
3129   to use a "better" protocol if available (where "better" is determined
3130   by the server, possibly according to the nature of the method and/or
3131   resource being requested).
3132</t>
3133<t>
3134   The Upgrade header field only applies to switching application-layer
3135   protocols upon the existing transport-layer connection. Upgrade
3136   cannot be used to insist on a protocol change; its acceptance and use
3137   by the server is optional. The capabilities and nature of the
3138   application-layer communication after the protocol change is entirely
3139   dependent upon the new protocol chosen, although the first action
3140   after changing the protocol &MUST; be a response to the initial HTTP
3141   request containing the Upgrade header field.
3142</t>
3143<t>
3144   The Upgrade header field only applies to the immediate connection.
3145   Therefore, the upgrade keyword &MUST; be supplied within a Connection
3146   header field (<xref target="header.connection"/>) whenever Upgrade is present in an
3147   HTTP/1.1 message.
3148</t>
3149<t>
3150   The Upgrade header field cannot be used to indicate a switch to a
3151   protocol on a different connection. For that purpose, it is more
3152   appropriate to use a 301, 302, 303, or 305 redirection response.
3153</t>
3154<t>
3155   This specification only defines the protocol name "HTTP" for use by
3156   the family of Hypertext Transfer Protocols, as defined by the HTTP
3157   version rules of <xref target="http.version"/> and future updates to this
3158   specification. Additional tokens can be registered with IANA using the
3159   registration procedure defined below. 
3160</t>
3161
3162<section title="Upgrade Token Registry" anchor="upgrade.token.registry">
3163<t>
3164   The HTTP Upgrade Token Registry defines the name space for product
3165   tokens used to identify protocols in the Upgrade header field.
3166   Each registered token should be associated with one or a set of
3167   specifications, and with contact information.
3168</t>
3169<t>
3170   Registrations should be allowed on a First Come First Served basis as
3171   described in <xref target="RFC5226" x:sec="4.1" x:fmt="of"/>. These
3172   specifications need not be IETF documents or be subject to IESG review, but
3173   should obey the following rules:
3174  <list style="numbers">
3175    <t>A token, once registered, stays registered forever.</t>
3176    <t>The registration &MUST; name a responsible party for the
3177       registration.</t>
3178    <t>The registration &MUST; name a point of contact.</t>
3179    <t>The registration &MAY; name the documentation required for the
3180       token.</t>
3181    <t>The responsible party &MAY; change the registration at any time.
3182       The IANA will keep a record of all such changes, and make them
3183       available upon request.</t>
3184    <t>The responsible party for the first registration of a "product"
3185       token &MUST; approve later registrations of a "version" token
3186       together with that "product" token before they can be registered.</t>
3187    <t>If absolutely required, the IESG &MAY; reassign the responsibility
3188       for a token. This will normally only be used in the case when a
3189       responsible party cannot be contacted.</t>
3190  </list>
3191</t>
3192<t>
3193   It is not required that specifications for upgrade tokens be made
3194   publicly available, but the contact information for the registration
3195   should be.
3196</t>
3197</section>
3198
3199
3200</section>
3201
3202<section title="Via" anchor="header.via">
3203  <iref primary="true" item="Via header" x:for-anchor=""/>
3204  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Via" x:for-anchor=""/>
3205  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-name"/>
3206  <x:anchor-alias value="protocol-version"/>
3207  <x:anchor-alias value="pseudonym"/>
3208  <x:anchor-alias value="received-by"/>
3209  <x:anchor-alias value="received-protocol"/>
3210  <x:anchor-alias value="Via"/>
3211  <x:anchor-alias value="Via-v"/>
3212<t>
3213   The "Via" general-header field &MUST; be used by gateways and proxies to
3214   indicate the intermediate protocols and recipients between the user
3215   agent and the server on requests, and between the origin server and
3216   the client on responses. It is analogous to the "Received" field defined in
3217   <xref target="RFC5322" x:fmt="of" x:sec="3.6.7"/> and is intended to be used for tracking message forwards,
3218   avoiding request loops, and identifying the protocol capabilities of
3219   all senders along the request/response chain.
3220</t>
3221<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"/>
3222  <x:ref>Via</x:ref>               = "Via" ":" <x:ref>OWS</x:ref> <x:ref>Via-v</x:ref>
3223  <x:ref>Via-v</x:ref>             = 1#( <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>
3224                          [ <x:ref>RWS</x:ref> <x:ref>comment</x:ref> ] )
3225  <x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> "/" ] <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>
3226  <x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref>     = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3227  <x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref>  = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3228  <x:ref>received-by</x:ref>       = ( <x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> [ ":" <x:ref>port</x:ref> ] ) / <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>
3229  <x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref>         = <x:ref>token</x:ref>
3230</artwork></figure>
3231<t>
3232   The received-protocol indicates the protocol version of the message
3233   received by the server or client along each segment of the
3234   request/response chain. The received-protocol version is appended to
3235   the Via field value when the message is forwarded so that information
3236   about the protocol capabilities of upstream applications remains
3237   visible to all recipients.
3238</t>
3239<t>
3240   The protocol-name is optional if and only if it would be "HTTP". The
3241   received-by field is normally the host and optional port number of a
3242   recipient server or client that subsequently forwarded the message.
3243   However, if the real host is considered to be sensitive information,
3244   it &MAY; be replaced by a pseudonym. If the port is not given, it &MAY;
3245   be assumed to be the default port of the received-protocol.
3246</t>
3247<t>
3248   Multiple Via field values represent each proxy or gateway that has
3249   forwarded the message. Each recipient &MUST; append its information
3250   such that the end result is ordered according to the sequence of
3251   forwarding applications.
3252</t>
3253<t>
3254   Comments &MAY; be used in the Via header field to identify the software
3255   of the recipient proxy or gateway, analogous to the User-Agent and
3256   Server header fields. However, all comments in the Via field are
3257   optional and &MAY; be removed by any recipient prior to forwarding the
3258   message.
3259</t>
3260<t>
3261   For example, a request message could be sent from an HTTP/1.0 user
3262   agent to an internal proxy code-named "fred", which uses HTTP/1.1 to
3263   forward the request to a public proxy at p.example.net, which completes
3264   the request by forwarding it to the origin server at www.example.com.
3265   The request received by www.example.com would then have the following
3266   Via header field:
3267</t>
3268<figure><artwork type="example">
3269  Via: 1.0 fred, 1.1 p.example.net (Apache/1.1)
3270</artwork></figure>
3271<t>
3272   Proxies and gateways used as a portal through a network firewall
3273   &SHOULD-NOT;, by default, forward the names and ports of hosts within
3274   the firewall region. This information &SHOULD; only be propagated if
3275   explicitly enabled. If not enabled, the received-by host of any host
3276   behind the firewall &SHOULD; be replaced by an appropriate pseudonym
3277   for that host.
3278</t>
3279<t>
3280   For organizations that have strong privacy requirements for hiding
3281   internal structures, a proxy &MAY; combine an ordered subsequence of
3282   Via header field entries with identical received-protocol values into
3283   a single such entry. For example,
3284</t>
3285<figure><artwork type="example">
3286  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 ethel, 1.1 fred, 1.0 lucy
3287</artwork></figure>
3288<t>
3289  could be collapsed to
3290</t>
3291<figure><artwork type="example">
3292  Via: 1.0 ricky, 1.1 mertz, 1.0 lucy
3293</artwork></figure>
3294<t>
3295   Applications &SHOULD-NOT;  combine multiple entries unless they are all
3296   under the same organizational control and the hosts have already been
3297   replaced by pseudonyms. Applications &MUST-NOT; combine entries which
3298   have different received-protocol values.
3299</t>
3300</section>
3301
3302</section>
3303
3304<section title="IANA Considerations" anchor="IANA.considerations">
3305
3306<section title="Message Header Registration" anchor="message.header.registration">
3307<t>
3308   The Message Header Registry located at <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/message-headers/message-header-index.html"/> should be updated
3309   with the permanent registrations below (see <xref target="RFC3864"/>):
3310</t>
3311<?BEGININC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3312<!--AUTOGENERATED FROM extract-header-defs.xslt, do not edit manually-->
3313<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.header.registration.table">
3314   <ttcol>Header Field Name</ttcol>
3315   <ttcol>Protocol</ttcol>
3316   <ttcol>Status</ttcol>
3317   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3318
3319   <c>Connection</c>
3320   <c>http</c>
3321   <c>standard</c>
3322   <c>
3323      <xref target="header.connection"/>
3324   </c>
3325   <c>Content-Length</c>
3326   <c>http</c>
3327   <c>standard</c>
3328   <c>
3329      <xref target="header.content-length"/>
3330   </c>
3331   <c>Date</c>
3332   <c>http</c>
3333   <c>standard</c>
3334   <c>
3335      <xref target="header.date"/>
3336   </c>
3337   <c>Host</c>
3338   <c>http</c>
3339   <c>standard</c>
3340   <c>
3341      <xref target="header.host"/>
3342   </c>
3343   <c>TE</c>
3344   <c>http</c>
3345   <c>standard</c>
3346   <c>
3347      <xref target="header.te"/>
3348   </c>
3349   <c>Trailer</c>
3350   <c>http</c>
3351   <c>standard</c>
3352   <c>
3353      <xref target="header.trailer"/>
3354   </c>
3355   <c>Transfer-Encoding</c>
3356   <c>http</c>
3357   <c>standard</c>
3358   <c>
3359      <xref target="header.transfer-encoding"/>
3360   </c>
3361   <c>Upgrade</c>
3362   <c>http</c>
3363   <c>standard</c>
3364   <c>
3365      <xref target="header.upgrade"/>
3366   </c>
3367   <c>Via</c>
3368   <c>http</c>
3369   <c>standard</c>
3370   <c>
3371      <xref target="header.via"/>
3372   </c>
3373</texttable>
3374<!--(END)-->
3375<?ENDINC p1-messaging.iana-headers ?>
3376<t>
3377   The change controller is: "IETF (iesg@ietf.org) - Internet Engineering Task Force".
3378</t>
3379</section>
3380
3381<section title="URI Scheme Registration" anchor="uri.scheme.registration">
3382<t>
3383   The entries for the "http" and "https" URI Schemes in the registry located at
3384   <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/uri-schemes.html"/>
3385   should be updated to point to Sections <xref target="http.uri" format="counter"/>
3386   and <xref target="https.uri" format="counter"/> of this document
3387   (see <xref target="RFC4395"/>).
3388</t>
3389</section>
3390
3391<section title="Internet Media Type Registrations" anchor="internet.media.type.http">
3392<t>
3393   This document serves as the specification for the Internet media types
3394   "message/http" and "application/http". The following is to be registered with
3395   IANA (see <xref target="RFC4288"/>).
3396</t>
3397<section title="Internet Media Type message/http" anchor="internet.media.type.message.http">
3398<iref item="Media Type" subitem="message/http" primary="true"/>
3399<iref item="message/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3400<t>
3401   The message/http type can be used to enclose a single HTTP request or
3402   response message, provided that it obeys the MIME restrictions for all
3403   "message" types regarding line length and encodings.
3404</t>
3405<t>
3406  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3407    <t hangText="Type name:">
3408      message
3409    </t>
3410    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3411      http
3412    </t>
3413    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3414      none
3415    </t>
3416    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3417      version, msgtype
3418      <list style="hanging">
3419        <t hangText="version:">
3420          The HTTP-Version number of the enclosed message
3421          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3422          determined from the first line of the body.
3423        </t>
3424        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3425          The message type -- "request" or "response". If not
3426          present, the type can be determined from the first
3427          line of the body.
3428        </t>
3429      </list>
3430    </t>
3431    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3432      only "7bit", "8bit", or "binary" are permitted
3433    </t>
3434    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3435      none
3436    </t>
3437    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3438      none
3439    </t>
3440    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3441      This specification (see <xref target="internet.media.type.message.http"/>).
3442    </t>
3443    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3444    </t>
3445    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3446      <list style="hanging">
3447        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3448        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3449        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3450      </list>
3451    </t>
3452    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3453      See Authors Section.
3454    </t>
3455    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3456      COMMON
3457    </t>
3458    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3459      none
3460    </t>
3461    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3462      IESG
3463    </t>
3464  </list>
3465</t>
3466</section>
3467<section title="Internet Media Type application/http" anchor="internet.media.type.application.http">
3468<iref item="Media Type" subitem="application/http" primary="true"/>
3469<iref item="application/http Media Type" primary="true"/>
3470<t>
3471   The application/http type can be used to enclose a pipeline of one or more
3472   HTTP request or response messages (not intermixed).
3473</t>
3474<t>
3475  <list style="hanging" x:indent="12em">
3476    <t hangText="Type name:">
3477      application
3478    </t>
3479    <t hangText="Subtype name:">
3480      http
3481    </t>
3482    <t hangText="Required parameters:">
3483      none
3484    </t>
3485    <t hangText="Optional parameters:">
3486      version, msgtype
3487      <list style="hanging">
3488        <t hangText="version:">
3489          The HTTP-Version number of the enclosed messages
3490          (e.g., "1.1"). If not present, the version can be
3491          determined from the first line of the body.
3492        </t>
3493        <t hangText="msgtype:">
3494          The message type -- "request" or "response". If not
3495          present, the type can be determined from the first
3496          line of the body.
3497        </t>
3498      </list>
3499    </t>
3500    <t hangText="Encoding considerations:">
3501      HTTP messages enclosed by this type
3502      are in "binary" format; use of an appropriate
3503      Content-Transfer-Encoding is required when
3504      transmitted via E-mail.
3505    </t>
3506    <t hangText="Security considerations:">
3507      none
3508    </t>
3509    <t hangText="Interoperability considerations:">
3510      none
3511    </t>
3512    <t hangText="Published specification:">
3513      This specification (see <xref target="internet.media.type.application.http"/>).
3514    </t>
3515    <t hangText="Applications that use this media type:">
3516    </t>
3517    <t hangText="Additional information:">
3518      <list style="hanging">
3519        <t hangText="Magic number(s):">none</t>
3520        <t hangText="File extension(s):">none</t>
3521        <t hangText="Macintosh file type code(s):">none</t>
3522      </list>
3523    </t>
3524    <t hangText="Person and email address to contact for further information:">
3525      See Authors Section.
3526    </t>
3527    <t hangText="Intended usage:">
3528      COMMON
3529    </t>
3530    <t hangText="Restrictions on usage:">
3531      none
3532    </t>
3533    <t hangText="Author/Change controller:">
3534      IESG
3535    </t>
3536  </list>
3537</t>
3538</section>
3539</section>
3540
3541<section title="Transfer Coding Registry" anchor="transfer.coding.registration">
3542<t>
3543   The registration procedure for HTTP Transfer Codings is now defined by
3544   <xref target="transfer.coding.registry"/> of this document.
3545</t>
3546<t>
3547   The HTTP Transfer Codings Registry located at <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/http-parameters"/>
3548   should be updated with the registrations below:
3549</t>
3550<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true" anchor="iana.transfer.coding.registration.table">
3551   <ttcol>Name</ttcol>
3552   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3553   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3554   <c>chunked</c>
3555   <c>Transfer in a series of chunks</c>
3556   <c>
3557      <xref target="chunked.encoding"/>
3558   </c>
3559   <c>compress</c>
3560   <c>UNIX "compress" program method</c>
3561   <c>
3562      <xref target="compress.coding"/>
3563   </c>
3564   <c>deflate</c>
3565   <c>"deflate" compression mechanism (<xref target="RFC1951"/>) used inside
3566   the "zlib" data format (<xref target="RFC1950"/>)
3567   </c>
3568   <c>
3569      <xref target="deflate.coding"/>
3570   </c>
3571   <c>gzip</c>
3572   <c>Same as GNU zip <xref target="RFC1952"/></c>
3573   <c>
3574      <xref target="gzip.coding"/>
3575   </c>
3576</texttable>
3577</section>
3578
3579<section title="Upgrade Token Registration" anchor="upgrade.token.registration">
3580<t>
3581   The registration procedure for HTTP Upgrade Tokens -- previously defined
3582   in <xref target="RFC2817" x:fmt="of" x:sec="7.2"/> -- is now defined
3583   by <xref target="upgrade.token.registry"/> of this document.
3584</t>
3585<t>
3586   The HTTP Status Code Registry located at <eref target="http://www.iana.org/assignments/http-upgrade-tokens/"/>
3587   should be updated with the registration below:
3588</t>
3589<texttable align="left" suppress-title="true">
3590   <ttcol>Value</ttcol>
3591   <ttcol>Description</ttcol>
3592   <ttcol>Reference</ttcol>
3593
3594   <c>HTTP</c>
3595   <c>Hypertext Transfer Protocol</c>
3596   <c><xref target="http.version"/> of this specification</c>
3597<!-- IANA should add this without our instructions; emailed on June 05, 2009
3598   <c>TLS/1.0</c>
3599   <c>Transport Layer Security</c>
3600   <c><xref target="RFC2817"/></c> -->
3601
3602</texttable>
3603</section>
3604
3605</section>
3606
3607<section title="Security Considerations" anchor="security.considerations">
3608<t>
3609   This section is meant to inform application developers, information
3610   providers, and users of the security limitations in HTTP/1.1 as
3611   described by this document. The discussion does not include
3612   definitive solutions to the problems revealed, though it does make
3613   some suggestions for reducing security risks.
3614</t>
3615
3616<section title="Personal Information" anchor="personal.information">
3617<t>
3618   HTTP clients are often privy to large amounts of personal information
3619   (e.g., the user's name, location, mail address, passwords, encryption
3620   keys, etc.), and &SHOULD; be very careful to prevent unintentional
3621   leakage of this information.
3622   We very strongly recommend that a convenient interface be provided
3623   for the user to control dissemination of such information, and that
3624   designers and implementors be particularly careful in this area.
3625   History shows that errors in this area often create serious security
3626   and/or privacy problems and generate highly adverse publicity for the
3627   implementor's company.
3628</t>
3629</section>
3630
3631<section title="Abuse of Server Log Information" anchor="abuse.of.server.log.information">
3632<t>
3633   A server is in the position to save personal data about a user's
3634   requests which might identify their reading patterns or subjects of
3635   interest. This information is clearly confidential in nature and its
3636   handling can be constrained by law in certain countries. People using
3637   HTTP to provide data are responsible for ensuring that
3638   such material is not distributed without the permission of any
3639   individuals that are identifiable by the published results.
3640</t>
3641</section>
3642
3643<section title="Attacks Based On File and Path Names" anchor="attack.pathname">
3644<t>
3645   Implementations of HTTP origin servers &SHOULD; be careful to restrict
3646   the documents returned by HTTP requests to be only those that were
3647   intended by the server administrators. If an HTTP server translates
3648   HTTP URIs directly into file system calls, the server &MUST; take
3649   special care not to serve files that were not intended to be
3650   delivered to HTTP clients. For example, UNIX, Microsoft Windows, and
3651   other operating systems use ".." as a path component to indicate a
3652   directory level above the current one. On such a system, an HTTP
3653   server &MUST; disallow any such construct in the request-target if it
3654   would otherwise allow access to a resource outside those intended to
3655   be accessible via the HTTP server. Similarly, files intended for
3656   reference only internally to the server (such as access control
3657   files, configuration files, and script code) &MUST; be protected from
3658   inappropriate retrieval, since they might contain sensitive
3659   information. Experience has shown that minor bugs in such HTTP server
3660   implementations have turned into security risks.
3661</t>
3662</section>
3663
3664<section title="DNS Spoofing" anchor="dns.spoofing">
3665<t>
3666   Clients using HTTP rely heavily on the Domain Name Service, and are
3667   thus generally prone to security attacks based on the deliberate
3668   mis-association of IP addresses and DNS names. Clients need to be
3669   cautious in assuming the continuing validity of an IP number/DNS name
3670   association.
3671</t>
3672<t>
3673   In particular, HTTP clients &SHOULD; rely on their name resolver for
3674   confirmation of an IP number/DNS name association, rather than
3675   caching the result of previous host name lookups. Many platforms
3676   already can cache host name lookups locally when appropriate, and
3677   they &SHOULD; be configured to do so. It is proper for these lookups to
3678   be cached, however, only when the TTL (Time To Live) information
3679   reported by the name server makes it likely that the cached
3680   information will remain useful.
3681</t>
3682<t>
3683   If HTTP clients cache the results of host name lookups in order to
3684   achieve a performance improvement, they &MUST; observe the TTL
3685   information reported by DNS.
3686</t>
3687<t>
3688   If HTTP clients do not observe this rule, they could be spoofed when
3689   a previously-accessed server's IP address changes. As network
3690   renumbering is expected to become increasingly common <xref target="RFC1900"/>, the
3691   possibility of this form of attack will grow. Observing this
3692   requirement thus reduces this potential security vulnerability.
3693</t>
3694<t>
3695   This requirement also improves the load-balancing behavior of clients
3696   for replicated servers using the same DNS name and reduces the
3697   likelihood of a user's experiencing failure in accessing sites which
3698   use that strategy.
3699</t>
3700</section>
3701
3702<section title="Proxies and Caching" anchor="attack.proxies">
3703<t>
3704   By their very nature, HTTP proxies are men-in-the-middle, and
3705   represent an opportunity for man-in-the-middle attacks. Compromise of
3706   the systems on which the proxies run can result in serious security
3707   and privacy problems. Proxies have access to security-related
3708   information, personal information about individual users and
3709   organizations, and proprietary information belonging to users and
3710   content providers. A compromised proxy, or a proxy implemented or
3711   configured without regard to security and privacy considerations,
3712   might be used in the commission of a wide range of potential attacks.
3713</t>
3714<t>
3715   Proxy operators should protect the systems on which proxies run as
3716   they would protect any system that contains or transports sensitive
3717   information. In particular, log information gathered at proxies often
3718   contains highly sensitive personal information, and/or information
3719   about organizations. Log information should be carefully guarded, and
3720   appropriate guidelines for use should be developed and followed.
3721   (<xref target="abuse.of.server.log.information"/>).
3722</t>
3723<t>
3724   Proxy implementors should consider the privacy and security
3725   implications of their design and coding decisions, and of the
3726   configuration options they provide to proxy operators (especially the
3727   default configuration).
3728</t>
3729<t>
3730   Users of a proxy need to be aware that proxies are no trustworthier than
3731   the people who run them; HTTP itself cannot solve this problem.
3732</t>
3733<t>
3734   The judicious use of cryptography, when appropriate, may suffice to
3735   protect against a broad range of security and privacy attacks. Such
3736   cryptography is beyond the scope of the HTTP/1.1 specification.
3737</t>
3738</section>
3739
3740<section title="Denial of Service Attacks on Proxies" anchor="attack.DoS">
3741<t>
3742   They exist. They are hard to defend against. Research continues.
3743   Beware.
3744</t>
3745</section>
3746</section>
3747
3748<section title="Acknowledgments" anchor="ack">
3749<t>
3750   HTTP has evolved considerably over the years. It has
3751   benefited from a large and active developer community--the many
3752   people who have participated on the www-talk mailing list--and it is
3753   that community which has been most responsible for the success of
3754   HTTP and of the World-Wide Web in general. Marc Andreessen, Robert
3755   Cailliau, Daniel W. Connolly, Bob Denny, John Franks, Jean-Francois
3756   Groff, Phillip M. Hallam-Baker, Hakon W. Lie, Ari Luotonen, Rob
3757   McCool, Lou Montulli, Dave Raggett, Tony Sanders, and Marc
3758   VanHeyningen deserve special recognition for their efforts in
3759   defining early aspects of the protocol.
3760</t>
3761<t>
3762   This document has benefited greatly from the comments of all those
3763   participating in the HTTP-WG. In addition to those already mentioned,
3764   the following individuals have contributed to this specification:
3765</t>
3766<t>
3767   Gary Adams, Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Keith Ball, Brian Behlendorf,
3768   Paul Burchard, Maurizio Codogno, Josh Cohen, Mike Cowlishaw, Roman Czyborra,
3769   Michael A. Dolan, Daniel DuBois, David J. Fiander, Alan Freier, Marc Hedlund, Greg Herlihy,
3770   Koen Holtman, Alex Hopmann, Bob Jernigan, Shel Kaphan, Rohit Khare,
3771   John Klensin, Martijn Koster, Alexei Kosut, David M. Kristol,
3772   Daniel LaLiberte, Ben Laurie, Paul J. Leach, Albert Lunde,
3773   John C. Mallery, Jean-Philippe Martin-Flatin, Mitra, David Morris,
3774   Gavin Nicol, Ross Patterson, Bill Perry, Jeffrey Perry, Scott Powers, Owen Rees,
3775   Luigi Rizzo, David Robinson, Marc Salomon, Rich Salz,
3776   Allan M. Schiffman, Jim Seidman, Chuck Shotton, Eric W. Sink,
3777   Simon E. Spero, Richard N. Taylor, Robert S. Thau,
3778   Bill (BearHeart) Weinman, Francois Yergeau, Mary Ellen Zurko.
3779</t>
3780<t>
3781   Thanks to the "cave men" of Palo Alto. You know who you are.
3782</t>
3783<t>
3784   Jim Gettys (the editor of <xref target="RFC2616"/>) wishes particularly
3785   to thank Roy Fielding, the editor of <xref target="RFC2068"/>, along
3786   with John Klensin, Jeff Mogul, Paul Leach, Dave Kristol, Koen
3787   Holtman, John Franks, Josh Cohen, Alex Hopmann, Scott Lawrence, and
3788   Larry Masinter for their help. And thanks go particularly to Jeff
3789   Mogul and Scott Lawrence for performing the "MUST/MAY/SHOULD" audit.
3790</t>
3791<t>
3792   The Apache Group, Anselm Baird-Smith, author of Jigsaw, and Henrik
3793   Frystyk implemented RFC 2068 early, and we wish to thank them for the
3794   discovery of many of the problems that this document attempts to
3795   rectify.
3796</t>
3797<t>
3798   This specification makes heavy use of the augmented BNF and generic
3799   constructs defined by David H. Crocker for <xref target="RFC5234"/>. Similarly, it
3800   reuses many of the definitions provided by Nathaniel Borenstein and
3801   Ned Freed for MIME <xref target="RFC2045"/>. We hope that their inclusion in this
3802   specification will help reduce past confusion over the relationship
3803   between HTTP and Internet mail message formats.
3804</t>
3805</section>
3806
3807</middle>
3808<back>
3809
3810<references title="Normative References">
3811
3812<reference anchor="ISO-8859-1">
3813  <front>
3814    <title>
3815     Information technology -- 8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets -- Part 1: Latin alphabet No. 1
3816    </title>
3817    <author>
3818      <organization>International Organization for Standardization</organization>
3819    </author>
3820    <date year="1998"/>
3821  </front>
3822  <seriesInfo name="ISO/IEC" value="8859-1:1998"/>
3823</reference>
3824
3825<reference anchor="Part2">
3826  <front>
3827    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 2: Message Semantics</title>
3828    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3829      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3830      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
3831    </author>
3832    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3833      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3834      <address><email>jg@laptop.org</email></address>
3835    </author>
3836    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3837      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3838      <address><email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email></address>
3839    </author>
3840    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3841      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3842      <address><email>henrikn@microsoft.com</email></address>
3843    </author>
3844    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3845      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3846      <address><email>LMM@acm.org</email></address>
3847    </author>
3848    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3849      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3850      <address><email>paulle@microsoft.com</email></address>
3851    </author>
3852    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3853      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3854      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
3855    </author>
3856    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3857      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3858      <address><email>ylafon@w3.org</email></address>
3859    </author>
3860    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3861      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3862      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
3863    </author>
3864    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3865  </front>
3866  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3867  <x:source href="p2-semantics.xml" basename="p2-semantics"/>
3868</reference>
3869
3870<reference anchor="Part3">
3871  <front>
3872    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 3: Message Payload and Content Negotiation</title>
3873    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3874      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3875      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
3876    </author>
3877    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3878      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3879      <address><email>jg@laptop.org</email></address>
3880    </author>
3881    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3882      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3883      <address><email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email></address>
3884    </author>
3885    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3886      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3887      <address><email>henrikn@microsoft.com</email></address>
3888    </author>
3889    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3890      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3891      <address><email>LMM@acm.org</email></address>
3892    </author>
3893    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3894      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3895      <address><email>paulle@microsoft.com</email></address>
3896    </author>
3897    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3898      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3899      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
3900    </author>
3901    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3902      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3903      <address><email>ylafon@w3.org</email></address>
3904    </author>
3905    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3906      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3907      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
3908    </author>
3909    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3910  </front>
3911  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p3-payload-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3912  <x:source href="p3-payload.xml" basename="p3-payload"/>
3913</reference>
3914
3915<reference anchor="Part5">
3916  <front>
3917    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 5: Range Requests and Partial Responses</title>
3918    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3919      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3920      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
3921    </author>
3922    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3923      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3924      <address><email>jg@laptop.org</email></address>
3925    </author>
3926    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3927      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3928      <address><email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email></address>
3929    </author>
3930    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3931      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3932      <address><email>henrikn@microsoft.com</email></address>
3933    </author>
3934    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3935      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3936      <address><email>LMM@acm.org</email></address>
3937    </author>
3938    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3939      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3940      <address><email>paulle@microsoft.com</email></address>
3941    </author>
3942    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3943      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3944      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
3945    </author>
3946    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3947      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3948      <address><email>ylafon@w3.org</email></address>
3949    </author>
3950    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3951      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
3952      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
3953    </author>
3954    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
3955  </front>
3956  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p5-range-&ID-VERSION;"/>
3957  <x:source href="p5-range.xml" basename="p5-range"/>
3958</reference>
3959
3960<reference anchor="Part6">
3961  <front>
3962    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 6: Caching</title>
3963    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
3964      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
3965      <address><email>fielding@gbiv.com</email></address>
3966    </author>
3967    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
3968      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
3969      <address><email>jg@laptop.org</email></address>
3970    </author>
3971    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
3972      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
3973      <address><email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email></address>
3974    </author>
3975    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
3976      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3977      <address><email>henrikn@microsoft.com</email></address>
3978    </author>
3979    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
3980      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
3981      <address><email>LMM@acm.org</email></address>
3982    </author>
3983    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
3984      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
3985      <address><email>paulle@microsoft.com</email></address>
3986    </author>
3987    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
3988      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3989      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
3990    </author>
3991    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
3992      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
3993      <address><email>ylafon@w3.org</email></address>
3994    </author>
3995    <author initials="M." surname="Nottingham" fullname="Mark Nottingham" role="editor">
3996      <address><email>mnot@mnot.net</email></address>
3997    </author>
3998    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
3999      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
4000      <address><email>julian.reschke@greenbytes.de</email></address>
4001    </author>
4002    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
4003  </front>
4004  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-&ID-VERSION;"/>
4005  <x:source href="p6-cache.xml" basename="p6-cache"/>
4006</reference>
4007
4008<reference anchor="RFC5234">
4009  <front>
4010    <title abbrev="ABNF for Syntax Specifications">Augmented BNF for Syntax Specifications: ABNF</title>
4011    <author initials="D." surname="Crocker" fullname="Dave Crocker" role="editor">
4012      <organization>Brandenburg InternetWorking</organization>
4013      <address>
4014        <email>dcrocker@bbiw.net</email>
4015      </address> 
4016    </author>
4017    <author initials="P." surname="Overell" fullname="Paul Overell">
4018      <organization>THUS plc.</organization>
4019      <address>
4020        <email>paul.overell@thus.net</email>
4021      </address>
4022    </author>
4023    <date month="January" year="2008"/>
4024  </front>
4025  <seriesInfo name="STD" value="68"/>
4026  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5234"/>
4027</reference>
4028
4029<reference anchor="RFC2119">
4030  <front>
4031    <title>Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels</title>
4032    <author initials="S." surname="Bradner" fullname="Scott Bradner">
4033      <organization>Harvard University</organization>
4034      <address><email>sob@harvard.edu</email></address>
4035    </author>
4036    <date month="March" year="1997"/>
4037  </front>
4038  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="14"/>
4039  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2119"/>
4040</reference>
4041
4042<reference anchor="RFC3986">
4043 <front>
4044  <title abbrev='URI Generic Syntax'>Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax</title>
4045  <author initials='T.' surname='Berners-Lee' fullname='Tim Berners-Lee'>
4046    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
4047    <address>
4048       <email>timbl@w3.org</email>
4049       <uri>http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/</uri>
4050    </address>
4051  </author>
4052  <author initials='R.' surname='Fielding' fullname='Roy T. Fielding'>
4053    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
4054    <address>
4055      <email>fielding@gbiv.com</email>
4056      <uri>http://roy.gbiv.com/</uri>
4057    </address>
4058  </author>
4059  <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='Larry Masinter'>
4060    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems Incorporated</organization>
4061    <address>
4062      <email>LMM@acm.org</email>
4063      <uri>http://larry.masinter.net/</uri>
4064    </address>
4065  </author>
4066  <date month='January' year='2005'></date>
4067 </front>
4068 <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="3986"/>
4069 <seriesInfo name="STD" value="66"/>
4070</reference>
4071
4072<reference anchor="USASCII">
4073  <front>
4074    <title>Coded Character Set -- 7-bit American Standard Code for Information Interchange</title>
4075    <author>
4076      <organization>American National Standards Institute</organization>
4077    </author>
4078    <date year="1986"/>
4079  </front>
4080  <seriesInfo name="ANSI" value="X3.4"/>
4081</reference>
4082
4083<reference anchor="RFC1950">
4084  <front>
4085    <title>ZLIB Compressed Data Format Specification version 3.3</title>
4086    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4087      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4088      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4089    </author>
4090    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly"/>
4091    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4092  </front>
4093  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1950"/>
4094  <annotation>
4095    RFC 1950 is an Informational RFC, thus it may be less stable than
4096    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4097    present since the publication of RFC 2068 in 1997 (<xref target="RFC2068"/>),
4098    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4099    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4100  </annotation>
4101</reference>
4102
4103<reference anchor="RFC1951">
4104  <front>
4105    <title>DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification version 1.3</title>
4106    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4107      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4108      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4109    </author>
4110    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4111  </front>
4112  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1951"/>
4113  <annotation>
4114    RFC 1951 is an Informational RFC, thus it may be less stable than
4115    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4116    present since the publication of RFC 2068 in 1997 (<xref target="RFC2068"/>),
4117    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4118    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4119  </annotation>
4120</reference>
4121
4122<reference anchor="RFC1952">
4123  <front>
4124    <title>GZIP file format specification version 4.3</title>
4125    <author initials="P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4126      <organization>Aladdin Enterprises</organization>
4127      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4128    </author>
4129    <author initials="J-L." surname="Gailly" fullname="Jean-Loup Gailly">
4130      <address><email>gzip@prep.ai.mit.edu</email></address>
4131    </author>
4132    <author initials="M." surname="Adler" fullname="Mark Adler">
4133      <address><email>madler@alumni.caltech.edu</email></address>
4134    </author>
4135    <author initials="L.P." surname="Deutsch" fullname="L. Peter Deutsch">
4136      <address><email>ghost@aladdin.com</email></address>
4137    </author>
4138    <author initials="G." surname="Randers-Pehrson" fullname="Glenn Randers-Pehrson">
4139      <address><email>randeg@alumni.rpi.edu</email></address>
4140    </author>
4141    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4142  </front>
4143  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1952"/>
4144  <annotation>
4145    RFC 1952 is an Informational RFC, thus it may be less stable than
4146    this specification. On the other hand, this downward reference was
4147    present since the publication of RFC 2068 in 1997 (<xref target="RFC2068"/>),
4148    therefore it is unlikely to cause problems in practice. See also
4149    <xref target="BCP97"/>.
4150  </annotation>
4151</reference>
4152
4153</references>
4154
4155<references title="Informative References">
4156
4157<reference anchor="Nie1997" target="http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/263105.263157">
4158  <front>
4159    <title>Network Performance Effects of HTTP/1.1, CSS1, and PNG</title>
4160    <author initials="H.F.." surname="Nielsen" fullname="H.F. Nielsen"/>
4161    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys"/>
4162    <author initials="E." surname="Prud'hommeaux" fullname="E. Prud'hommeaux"/>
4163    <author initials="H." surname="Lie" fullname="H. Lie"/>
4164    <author initials="C." surname="Lilley" fullname="C. Lilley"/>
4165    <date year="1997" month="September"/>
4166  </front>
4167  <seriesInfo name="ACM" value="Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM '97 conference on Applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication SIGCOMM '97"/>
4168</reference>
4169
4170<reference anchor="Pad1995" target="http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=219094">
4171  <front>
4172    <title>Improving HTTP Latency</title>
4173    <author initials="V.N." surname="Padmanabhan" fullname="Venkata N. Padmanabhan"/>
4174    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul"/>
4175    <date year="1995" month="December"/>
4176  </front>
4177  <seriesInfo name="Computer Networks and ISDN Systems" value="v. 28, pp. 25-35"/>
4178</reference>
4179
4180<reference anchor="RFC1123">
4181  <front>
4182    <title>Requirements for Internet Hosts - Application and Support</title>
4183    <author initials="R." surname="Braden" fullname="Robert Braden">
4184      <organization>University of Southern California (USC), Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4185      <address><email>Braden@ISI.EDU</email></address>
4186    </author>
4187    <date month="October" year="1989"/>
4188  </front>
4189  <seriesInfo name="STD" value="3"/>
4190  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1123"/>
4191</reference>
4192
4193<reference anchor="RFC1305">
4194  <front>
4195    <title>Network Time Protocol (Version 3) Specification, Implementation</title>
4196    <author initials="D." surname="Mills" fullname="David L. Mills">
4197      <organization>University of Delaware, Electrical Engineering Department</organization>
4198      <address><email>mills@udel.edu</email></address>
4199    </author>
4200    <date month="March" year="1992"/>
4201  </front>
4202  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1305"/>
4203</reference>
4204
4205<reference anchor="RFC1900">
4206  <front>
4207    <title>Renumbering Needs Work</title>
4208    <author initials="B." surname="Carpenter" fullname="Brian E. Carpenter">
4209      <organization>CERN, Computing and Networks Division</organization>
4210      <address><email>brian@dxcoms.cern.ch</email></address>
4211    </author>
4212    <author initials="Y." surname="Rekhter" fullname="Yakov Rekhter">
4213      <organization>cisco Systems</organization>
4214      <address><email>yakov@cisco.com</email></address>
4215    </author>
4216    <date month="February" year="1996"/>
4217  </front>
4218  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1900"/>
4219</reference>
4220
4221<reference anchor="RFC1945">
4222  <front>
4223    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.0">Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.0</title>
4224    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4225      <organization>MIT, Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4226      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
4227    </author>
4228    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4229      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4230      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4231    </author>
4232    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4233      <organization>W3 Consortium, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4234      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4235    </author>
4236    <date month="May" year="1996"/>
4237  </front>
4238  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1945"/>
4239</reference>
4240
4241<reference anchor="RFC2045">
4242  <front>
4243    <title abbrev="Internet Message Bodies">Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies</title>
4244    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="Ned Freed">
4245      <organization>Innosoft International, Inc.</organization>
4246      <address><email>ned@innosoft.com</email></address>
4247    </author>
4248    <author initials="N.S." surname="Borenstein" fullname="Nathaniel S. Borenstein">
4249      <organization>First Virtual Holdings</organization>
4250      <address><email>nsb@nsb.fv.com</email></address>
4251    </author>
4252    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4253  </front>
4254  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2045"/>
4255</reference>
4256
4257<reference anchor="RFC2047">
4258  <front>
4259    <title abbrev="Message Header Extensions">MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Three: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text</title>
4260    <author initials="K." surname="Moore" fullname="Keith Moore">
4261      <organization>University of Tennessee</organization>
4262      <address><email>moore@cs.utk.edu</email></address>
4263    </author>
4264    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
4265  </front>
4266  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2047"/>
4267</reference>
4268
4269<reference anchor="RFC2068">
4270  <front>
4271    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4272    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4273      <organization>University of California, Irvine, Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4274      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4275    </author>
4276    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4277      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4278      <address><email>jg@w3.org</email></address>
4279    </author>
4280    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4281      <organization>Digital Equipment Corporation, Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4282      <address><email>mogul@wrl.dec.com</email></address>
4283    </author>
4284    <author initials="H." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4285      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4286      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4287    </author>
4288    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
4289      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4290      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
4291    </author>
4292    <date month="January" year="1997"/>
4293  </front>
4294  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2068"/>
4295</reference>
4296
4297<reference anchor='RFC2109'>
4298  <front>
4299    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4300    <author initials='D.M.' surname='Kristol' fullname='David M. Kristol'>
4301      <organization>Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies</organization>
4302      <address><email>dmk@bell-labs.com</email></address>
4303    </author>
4304    <author initials='L.' surname='Montulli' fullname='Lou Montulli'>
4305      <organization>Netscape Communications Corp.</organization>
4306      <address><email>montulli@netscape.com</email></address>
4307    </author>
4308    <date year='1997' month='February' />
4309  </front>
4310  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2109' />
4311</reference>
4312
4313<reference anchor="RFC2145">
4314  <front>
4315    <title abbrev="HTTP Version Numbers">Use and Interpretation of HTTP Version Numbers</title>
4316    <author initials="J.C." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
4317      <organization>Western Research Laboratory</organization>
4318      <address><email>mogul@wrl.dec.com</email></address>
4319    </author>
4320    <author initials="R.T." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding">
4321      <organization>Department of Information and Computer Science</organization>
4322      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4323    </author>
4324    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
4325      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4326      <address><email>jg@w3.org</email></address>
4327    </author>
4328    <author initials="H.F." surname="Nielsen" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
4329      <organization>W3 Consortium</organization>
4330      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4331    </author>
4332    <date month="May" year="1997"/>
4333  </front>
4334  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2145"/>
4335</reference>
4336
4337<reference anchor="RFC2616">
4338  <front>
4339    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
4340    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="R. Fielding">
4341      <organization>University of California, Irvine</organization>
4342      <address><email>fielding@ics.uci.edu</email></address>
4343    </author>
4344    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys">
4345      <organization>W3C</organization>
4346      <address><email>jg@w3.org</email></address>
4347    </author>
4348    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="J. Mogul">
4349      <organization>Compaq Computer Corporation</organization>
4350      <address><email>mogul@wrl.dec.com</email></address>
4351    </author>
4352    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="H. Frystyk">
4353      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
4354      <address><email>frystyk@w3.org</email></address>
4355    </author>
4356    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="L. Masinter">
4357      <organization>Xerox Corporation</organization>
4358      <address><email>masinter@parc.xerox.com</email></address>
4359    </author>
4360    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="P. Leach">
4361      <organization>Microsoft Corporation</organization>
4362      <address><email>paulle@microsoft.com</email></address>
4363    </author>
4364    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="T. Berners-Lee">
4365      <organization>W3C</organization>
4366      <address><email>timbl@w3.org</email></address>
4367    </author>
4368    <date month="June" year="1999"/>
4369  </front>
4370  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2616"/>
4371</reference>
4372
4373<reference anchor='RFC2817'>
4374  <front>
4375    <title>Upgrading to TLS Within HTTP/1.1</title>
4376    <author initials='R.' surname='Khare' fullname='R. Khare'>
4377      <organization>4K Associates / UC Irvine</organization>
4378      <address><email>rohit@4K-associates.com</email></address>
4379    </author>
4380    <author initials='S.' surname='Lawrence' fullname='S. Lawrence'>
4381      <organization>Agranat Systems, Inc.</organization>
4382      <address><email>lawrence@agranat.com</email></address>
4383    </author>
4384    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4385  </front>
4386  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2817' />
4387</reference>
4388
4389<reference anchor='RFC2818'>
4390  <front>
4391    <title>HTTP Over TLS</title>
4392    <author initials='E.' surname='Rescorla' fullname='Eric Rescorla'>
4393      <organization>RTFM, Inc.</organization>
4394      <address><email>ekr@rtfm.com</email></address>
4395    </author>
4396    <date year='2000' month='May' />
4397  </front>
4398  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2818' />
4399</reference>
4400
4401<reference anchor='RFC2965'>
4402  <front>
4403    <title>HTTP State Management Mechanism</title>
4404    <author initials='D. M.' surname='Kristol' fullname='David M. Kristol'>
4405      <organization>Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies</organization>
4406      <address><email>dmk@bell-labs.com</email></address>
4407    </author>
4408    <author initials='L.' surname='Montulli' fullname='Lou Montulli'>
4409      <organization>Epinions.com, Inc.</organization>
4410      <address><email>lou@montulli.org</email></address>
4411    </author>
4412    <date year='2000' month='October' />
4413  </front>
4414  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='2965' />
4415</reference>
4416
4417<reference anchor='RFC3864'>
4418  <front>
4419    <title>Registration Procedures for Message Header Fields</title>
4420    <author initials='G.' surname='Klyne' fullname='G. Klyne'>
4421      <organization>Nine by Nine</organization>
4422      <address><email>GK-IETF@ninebynine.org</email></address>
4423    </author>
4424    <author initials='M.' surname='Nottingham' fullname='M. Nottingham'>
4425      <organization>BEA Systems</organization>
4426      <address><email>mnot@pobox.com</email></address>
4427    </author>
4428    <author initials='J.' surname='Mogul' fullname='J. Mogul'>
4429      <organization>HP Labs</organization>
4430      <address><email>JeffMogul@acm.org</email></address>
4431    </author>
4432    <date year='2004' month='September' />
4433  </front>
4434  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='90' />
4435  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='3864' />
4436</reference>
4437
4438<reference anchor="RFC4288">
4439  <front>
4440    <title>Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures</title>
4441    <author initials="N." surname="Freed" fullname="N. Freed">
4442      <organization>Sun Microsystems</organization>
4443      <address>
4444        <email>ned.freed@mrochek.com</email>
4445      </address>
4446    </author>
4447    <author initials="J." surname="Klensin" fullname="J. Klensin">
4448      <address>
4449        <email>klensin+ietf@jck.com</email>
4450      </address>
4451    </author>
4452    <date year="2005" month="December"/>
4453  </front>
4454  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="13"/>
4455  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="4288"/>
4456</reference>
4457
4458<reference anchor='RFC4395'>
4459  <front>
4460    <title>Guidelines and Registration Procedures for New URI Schemes</title>
4461    <author initials='T.' surname='Hansen' fullname='T. Hansen'>
4462      <organization>AT&amp;T Laboratories</organization>
4463      <address>
4464        <email>tony+urireg@maillennium.att.com</email>
4465      </address>
4466    </author>
4467    <author initials='T.' surname='Hardie' fullname='T. Hardie'>
4468      <organization>Qualcomm, Inc.</organization>
4469      <address>
4470        <email>hardie@qualcomm.com</email>
4471      </address>
4472    </author>
4473    <author initials='L.' surname='Masinter' fullname='L. Masinter'>
4474      <organization>Adobe Systems</organization>
4475      <address>
4476        <email>LMM@acm.org</email>
4477      </address>
4478    </author>
4479    <date year='2006' month='February' />
4480  </front>
4481  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='115' />
4482  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4395' />
4483</reference>
4484
4485<reference anchor='RFC5226'>
4486  <front>
4487    <title>Guidelines for Writing an IANA Considerations Section in RFCs</title>
4488    <author initials='T.' surname='Narten' fullname='T. Narten'>
4489      <organization>IBM</organization>
4490      <address><email>narten@us.ibm.com</email></address>
4491    </author>
4492    <author initials='H.' surname='Alvestrand' fullname='H. Alvestrand'>
4493      <organization>Google</organization>
4494      <address><email>Harald@Alvestrand.no</email></address>
4495    </author>
4496    <date year='2008' month='May' />
4497  </front>
4498  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='26' />
4499  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='5226' />
4500</reference>
4501
4502<reference anchor="RFC5322">
4503  <front>
4504    <title>Internet Message Format</title>
4505    <author initials="P." surname="Resnick" fullname="P. Resnick">
4506      <organization>Qualcomm Incorporated</organization>
4507    </author>
4508    <date year="2008" month="October"/>
4509  </front>
4510  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="5322"/>
4511</reference>
4512
4513<reference anchor='BCP97'>
4514  <front>
4515    <title>Handling Normative References to Standards-Track Documents</title>
4516    <author initials='J.' surname='Klensin' fullname='J. Klensin'>
4517      <address>
4518        <email>klensin+ietf@jck.com</email>
4519      </address>
4520    </author>
4521    <author initials='S.' surname='Hartman' fullname='S. Hartman'>
4522      <organization>MIT</organization>
4523      <address>
4524        <email>hartmans-ietf@mit.edu</email>
4525      </address>
4526    </author>
4527    <date year='2007' month='June' />
4528  </front>
4529  <seriesInfo name='BCP' value='97' />
4530  <seriesInfo name='RFC' value='4897' />
4531</reference>
4532
4533<reference anchor="Kri2001" target="http://arxiv.org/abs/cs.SE/0105018">
4534  <front>
4535    <title>HTTP Cookies: Standards, Privacy, and Politics</title>
4536    <author initials="D." surname="Kristol" fullname="David M. Kristol"/>
4537    <date year="2001" month="November"/>
4538  </front>
4539  <seriesInfo name="ACM Transactions on Internet Technology" value="Vol. 1, #2"/>
4540</reference>
4541
4542<reference anchor="Spe" target="http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdma-release/http-prob.html">
4543  <front>
4544    <title>Analysis of HTTP Performance Problems</title>
4545    <author initials="S." surname="Spero" fullname="Simon E. Spero"/>
4546    <date/>
4547  </front>
4548</reference>
4549
4550<reference anchor="Tou1998" target="http://www.isi.edu/touch/pubs/http-perf96/">
4551  <front>
4552  <title>Analysis of HTTP Performance</title>
4553  <author initials="J." surname="Touch" fullname="Joe Touch">
4554    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4555    <address><email>touch@isi.edu</email></address>
4556  </author>
4557  <author initials="J." surname="Heidemann" fullname="John Heidemann">
4558    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4559    <address><email>johnh@isi.edu</email></address>
4560  </author>
4561  <author initials="K." surname="Obraczka" fullname="Katia Obraczka">
4562    <organization>USC/Information Sciences Institute</organization>
4563    <address><email>katia@isi.edu</email></address>
4564  </author>
4565  <date year="1998" month="Aug"/>
4566  </front>
4567  <seriesInfo name="ISI Research Report" value="ISI/RR-98-463"/>
4568  <annotation>(original report dated Aug. 1996)</annotation>
4569</reference>
4570
4571</references>
4572
4573
4574<section title="Tolerant Applications" anchor="tolerant.applications">
4575<t>
4576   Although this document specifies the requirements for the generation
4577   of HTTP/1.1 messages, not all applications will be correct in their
4578   implementation. We therefore recommend that operational applications
4579   be tolerant of deviations whenever those deviations can be
4580   interpreted unambiguously.
4581</t>
4582<t>
4583   Clients &SHOULD; be tolerant in parsing the Status-Line and servers
4584   &SHOULD; be tolerant when parsing the Request-Line. In particular, they
4585   &SHOULD; accept any amount of WSP characters between fields, even though
4586   only a single SP is required.
4587</t>
4588<t>
4589   The line terminator for header fields is the sequence CRLF.
4590   However, we recommend that applications, when parsing such headers,
4591   recognize a single LF as a line terminator and ignore the leading CR.
4592</t>
4593<t>
4594   The character set of an entity-body &SHOULD; be labeled as the lowest
4595   common denominator of the character codes used within that body, with
4596   the exception that not labeling the entity is preferred over labeling
4597   the entity with the labels US-ASCII or ISO-8859-1. See &payload;.
4598</t>
4599<t>
4600   Additional rules for requirements on parsing and encoding of dates
4601   and other potential problems with date encodings include:
4602</t>
4603<t>
4604  <list style="symbols">
4605     <t>HTTP/1.1 clients and caches &SHOULD; assume that an RFC-850 date
4606        which appears to be more than 50 years in the future is in fact
4607        in the past (this helps solve the "year 2000" problem).</t>
4608
4609     <t>Although all date formats are specified to be case-sensitive,
4610        recipients &SHOULD; match day, week and timezone names
4611        case-insensitively.</t>
4612             
4613     <t>An HTTP/1.1 implementation &MAY; internally represent a parsed
4614        Expires date as earlier than the proper value, but &MUST-NOT;
4615        internally represent a parsed Expires date as later than the
4616        proper value.</t>
4617
4618     <t>All expiration-related calculations &MUST; be done in GMT. The
4619        local time zone &MUST-NOT; influence the calculation or comparison
4620        of an age or expiration time.</t>
4621
4622     <t>If an HTTP header incorrectly carries a date value with a time
4623        zone other than GMT, it &MUST; be converted into GMT using the
4624        most conservative possible conversion.</t>
4625  </list>
4626</t>
4627</section>
4628
4629<section title="Compatibility with Previous Versions" anchor="compatibility">
4630<t>
4631   HTTP has been in use by the World-Wide Web global information initiative
4632   since 1990. The first version of HTTP, later referred to as HTTP/0.9,
4633   was a simple protocol for hypertext data transfer across the Internet
4634   with only a single method and no metadata.
4635   HTTP/1.0, as defined by <xref target="RFC1945"/>, added a range of request
4636   methods and MIME-like messaging that could include metadata about the data
4637   transferred and modifiers on the request/response semantics. However,
4638   HTTP/1.0 did not sufficiently take into consideration the effects of
4639   hierarchical proxies, caching, the need for persistent connections, or
4640   name-based virtual hosts. The proliferation of incompletely-implemented
4641   applications calling themselves "HTTP/1.0" further necessitated a
4642   protocol version change in order for two communicating applications
4643   to determine each other's true capabilities.
4644</t>
4645<t>
4646   HTTP/1.1 remains compatible with HTTP/1.0 by including more stringent
4647   requirements that enable reliable implementations, adding only
4648   those new features that will either be safely ignored by an HTTP/1.0
4649   recipient or only sent when communicating with a party advertising
4650   compliance with HTTP/1.1.
4651</t>
4652<t>
4653   It is beyond the scope of a protocol specification to mandate
4654   compliance with previous versions. HTTP/1.1 was deliberately
4655   designed, however, to make supporting previous versions easy. It is
4656   worth noting that, at the time of composing this specification, we would
4657   expect general-purpose HTTP/1.1 servers to:
4658  <list style="symbols">
4659     <t>understand any valid request in the format of HTTP/1.0 and
4660        1.1;</t>
4661
4662     <t>respond appropriately with a message in the same major version
4663        used by the client.</t>
4664  </list>
4665</t>
4666<t>
4667   And we would expect HTTP/1.1 clients to:
4668  <list style="symbols">
4669     <t>understand any valid response in the format of HTTP/1.0 or
4670        1.1.</t>
4671  </list>
4672</t>
4673<t>
4674   For most implementations of HTTP/1.0, each connection is established
4675   by the client prior to the request and closed by the server after
4676   sending the response. Some implementations implement the Keep-Alive
4677   version of persistent connections described in <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>.
4678</t>
4679
4680<section title="Changes from HTTP/1.0" anchor="changes.from.1.0">
4681<t>
4682   This section summarizes major differences between versions HTTP/1.0
4683   and HTTP/1.1.
4684</t>
4685
4686<section title="Changes to Simplify Multi-homed Web Servers and Conserve IP Addresses" anchor="changes.to.simplify.multi-homed.web.servers.and.conserve.ip.addresses">
4687<t>
4688   The requirements that clients and servers support the Host request-header,
4689   report an error if the Host request-header (<xref target="header.host"/>) is
4690   missing from an HTTP/1.1 request, and accept absolute URIs (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4691   are among the most important changes defined by this
4692   specification.
4693</t>
4694<t>
4695   Older HTTP/1.0 clients assumed a one-to-one relationship of IP
4696   addresses and servers; there was no other established mechanism for
4697   distinguishing the intended server of a request than the IP address
4698   to which that request was directed. The changes outlined above will
4699   allow the Internet, once older HTTP clients are no longer common, to
4700   support multiple Web sites from a single IP address, greatly
4701   simplifying large operational Web servers, where allocation of many
4702   IP addresses to a single host has created serious problems. The
4703   Internet will also be able to recover the IP addresses that have been
4704   allocated for the sole purpose of allowing special-purpose domain
4705   names to be used in root-level HTTP URLs. Given the rate of growth of
4706   the Web, and the number of servers already deployed, it is extremely
4707   important that all implementations of HTTP (including updates to
4708   existing HTTP/1.0 applications) correctly implement these
4709   requirements:
4710  <list style="symbols">
4711     <t>Both clients and servers &MUST; support the Host request-header.</t>
4712
4713     <t>A client that sends an HTTP/1.1 request &MUST; send a Host header.</t>
4714
4715     <t>Servers &MUST; report a 400 (Bad Request) error if an HTTP/1.1
4716        request does not include a Host request-header.</t>
4717
4718     <t>Servers &MUST; accept absolute URIs.</t>
4719  </list>
4720</t>
4721</section>
4722</section>
4723
4724<section title="Compatibility with HTTP/1.0 Persistent Connections" anchor="compatibility.with.http.1.0.persistent.connections">
4725<t>
4726   Some clients and servers might wish to be compatible with some
4727   previous implementations of persistent connections in HTTP/1.0
4728   clients and servers. Persistent connections in HTTP/1.0 are
4729   explicitly negotiated as they are not the default behavior. HTTP/1.0
4730   experimental implementations of persistent connections are faulty,
4731   and the new facilities in HTTP/1.1 are designed to rectify these
4732   problems. The problem was that some existing HTTP/1.0 clients may be
4733   sending Keep-Alive to a proxy server that doesn't understand
4734   Connection, which would then erroneously forward it to the next
4735   inbound server, which would establish the Keep-Alive connection and
4736   result in a hung HTTP/1.0 proxy waiting for the close on the
4737   response. The result is that HTTP/1.0 clients must be prevented from
4738   using Keep-Alive when talking to proxies.
4739</t>
4740<t>
4741   However, talking to proxies is the most important use of persistent
4742   connections, so that prohibition is clearly unacceptable. Therefore,
4743   we need some other mechanism for indicating a persistent connection
4744   is desired, which is safe to use even when talking to an old proxy
4745   that ignores Connection. Persistent connections are the default for
4746   HTTP/1.1 messages; we introduce a new keyword (Connection: close) for
4747   declaring non-persistence. See <xref target="header.connection"/>.
4748</t>
4749<t>
4750   The original HTTP/1.0 form of persistent connections (the Connection:
4751   Keep-Alive and Keep-Alive header) is documented in <xref x:sec="19.7.1" x:fmt="of" target="RFC2068"/>.
4752</t>
4753</section>
4754
4755<section title="Changes from RFC 2068" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2068">
4756<t>
4757   This specification has been carefully audited to correct and
4758   disambiguate key word usage; RFC 2068 had many problems in respect to
4759   the conventions laid out in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
4760</t>
4761<t>
4762   Transfer-coding and message lengths all interact in ways that
4763   required fixing exactly when chunked encoding is used (to allow for
4764   transfer encoding that may not be self delimiting); it was important
4765   to straighten out exactly how message lengths are computed. (Sections
4766   <xref target="transfer.codings" format="counter"/>, <xref target="message.length" format="counter"/>,
4767   <xref target="header.content-length" format="counter"/>,
4768   see also <xref target="Part3"/>, <xref target="Part5"/> and <xref target="Part6"/>)
4769</t>
4770<t>
4771   The use and interpretation of HTTP version numbers has been clarified
4772   by <xref target="RFC2145"/>. Require proxies to upgrade requests to highest protocol
4773   version they support to deal with problems discovered in HTTP/1.0
4774   implementations (<xref target="http.version"/>)
4775</t>
4776<t>
4777   Quality Values of zero should indicate that "I don't want something"
4778   to allow clients to refuse a representation. (<xref target="quality.values"/>)
4779</t>
4780<t>
4781   Transfer-coding had significant problems, particularly with
4782   interactions with chunked encoding. The solution is that transfer-codings
4783   become as full fledged as content-codings. This involves
4784   adding an IANA registry for transfer-codings (separate from content
4785   codings), a new header field (TE) and enabling trailer headers in the
4786   future. Transfer encoding is a major performance benefit, so it was
4787   worth fixing <xref target="Nie1997"/>. TE also solves another, obscure, downward
4788   interoperability problem that could have occurred due to interactions
4789   between authentication trailers, chunked encoding and HTTP/1.0
4790   clients.(Section
4791   <xref target="transfer.codings" format="counter"/>,
4792   <xref target="chunked.encoding" format="counter"/>,
4793   <xref target="non-modifiable.headers" format="counter"/>,
4794   and <xref target="header.te" format="counter"/>)
4795</t>
4796<t>
4797  Proxies should be able to add Content-Length when appropriate.
4798  (<xref target="non-modifiable.headers"/>)
4799</t>
4800</section>
4801
4802<section title="Changes from RFC 2616" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2616">
4803<t>
4804  Empty list elements in list productions have been deprecated.
4805  (<xref target="notation.abnf"/>)
4806</t>
4807<t>
4808  Rules about implicit linear whitespace between certain grammar productions
4809  have been removed; now it's only allowed when specifically pointed out
4810  in the ABNF. The NUL character is no longer allowed in comment and quoted-string
4811  text. The quoted-pair rule no longer allows escaping control characters other than HTAB.
4812  Non-ASCII content in header fields and reason phrase has been obsoleted and
4813  made opaque (the TEXT rule was removed)
4814  (<xref target="basic.rules"/>)
4815</t>
4816<t>
4817  Clarify that HTTP-Version is case sensitive.
4818  (<xref target="http.version"/>)
4819</t>
4820<t>
4821  Remove reference to non-existent identity transfer-coding value tokens.
4822  (Sections <xref format="counter" target="transfer.codings"/> and
4823  <xref format="counter" target="message.length"/>)
4824</t>
4825<t>
4826  Require that invalid whitespace around field-names be rejected.
4827  (<xref target="header.fields"/>)
4828</t>
4829<t>
4830  Update use of abs_path production from RFC1808 to the path-absolute + query
4831  components of RFC3986.
4832  (<xref target="request-target"/>)
4833</t>
4834<t>
4835  Clarification that the chunk length does not include the count of the octets
4836  in the chunk header and trailer. Furthermore disallowed line folding
4837  in chunk extensions.
4838  (<xref target="chunked.encoding"/>)
4839</t>
4840<t>
4841  Remove hard limit of two connections per server.
4842  (<xref target="persistent.practical"/>)
4843</t>
4844<t>
4845  Clarify exactly when close connection options must be sent.
4846  (<xref target="header.connection"/>)
4847</t>
4848</section>
4849</section>
4850
4851<?BEGININC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
4852<section xmlns:x="http://purl.org/net/xml2rfc/ext" title="Collected ABNF" anchor="collected.abnf">
4853<figure>
4854<artwork type="abnf" name="p1-messaging.parsed-abnf">
4855<x:ref>BWS</x:ref> = OWS
4856
4857<x:ref>Cache-Control</x:ref> = &lt;Cache-Control, defined in [Part6], Section 3.4&gt;
4858<x:ref>Chunked-Body</x:ref> = *chunk last-chunk trailer-part CRLF
4859<x:ref>Connection</x:ref> = "Connection:" OWS Connection-v
4860<x:ref>Connection-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) connection-token *( OWS "," [ OWS
4861 connection-token ] )
4862<x:ref>Content-Length</x:ref> = "Content-Length:" OWS 1*Content-Length-v
4863<x:ref>Content-Length-v</x:ref> = 1*DIGIT
4864
4865<x:ref>Date</x:ref> = "Date:" OWS Date-v
4866<x:ref>Date-v</x:ref> = HTTP-date
4867
4868<x:ref>GMT</x:ref> = %x47.4D.54 ; GMT
4869
4870<x:ref>HTTP-Prot-Name</x:ref> = %x48.54.54.50 ; HTTP
4871<x:ref>HTTP-Version</x:ref> = HTTP-Prot-Name "/" 1*DIGIT "." 1*DIGIT
4872<x:ref>HTTP-date</x:ref> = rfc1123-date / obs-date
4873<x:ref>HTTP-message</x:ref> = start-line *( header-field CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body
4874 ]
4875<x:ref>Host</x:ref> = "Host:" OWS Host-v
4876<x:ref>Host-v</x:ref> = uri-host [ ":" port ]
4877
4878<x:ref>Method</x:ref> = token
4879
4880<x:ref>OWS</x:ref> = *( [ obs-fold ] WSP )
4881
4882<x:ref>Pragma</x:ref> = &lt;Pragma, defined in [Part6], Section 3.4&gt;
4883
4884<x:ref>RWS</x:ref> = 1*( [ obs-fold ] WSP )
4885<x:ref>Reason-Phrase</x:ref> = *( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
4886<x:ref>Request</x:ref> = Request-Line *( ( general-header / request-header /
4887 entity-header ) CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body ]
4888<x:ref>Request-Line</x:ref> = Method SP request-target SP HTTP-Version CRLF
4889<x:ref>Response</x:ref> = Status-Line *( ( general-header / response-header /
4890 entity-header ) CRLF ) CRLF [ message-body ]
4891
4892<x:ref>Status-Code</x:ref> = 3DIGIT
4893<x:ref>Status-Line</x:ref> = HTTP-Version SP Status-Code SP Reason-Phrase CRLF
4894
4895<x:ref>TE</x:ref> = "TE:" OWS TE-v
4896<x:ref>TE-v</x:ref> = [ ( "," / t-codings ) *( OWS "," [ OWS t-codings ] ) ]
4897<x:ref>Trailer</x:ref> = "Trailer:" OWS Trailer-v
4898<x:ref>Trailer-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) field-name *( OWS "," [ OWS field-name ] )
4899<x:ref>Transfer-Encoding</x:ref> = "Transfer-Encoding:" OWS Transfer-Encoding-v
4900<x:ref>Transfer-Encoding-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) transfer-coding *( OWS "," [ OWS
4901 transfer-coding ] )
4902
4903<x:ref>URI-reference</x:ref> = &lt;URI-reference, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.1&gt;
4904<x:ref>Upgrade</x:ref> = "Upgrade:" OWS Upgrade-v
4905<x:ref>Upgrade-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) product *( OWS "," [ OWS product ] )
4906
4907<x:ref>Via</x:ref> = "Via:" OWS Via-v
4908<x:ref>Via-v</x:ref> = *( "," OWS ) received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS comment
4909 ] *( OWS "," [ OWS received-protocol RWS received-by [ RWS comment ]
4910 ] )
4911
4912<x:ref>Warning</x:ref> = &lt;Warning, defined in [Part6], Section 3.6&gt;
4913
4914<x:ref>absolute-URI</x:ref> = &lt;absolute-URI, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.3&gt;
4915<x:ref>asctime-date</x:ref> = day-name SP date3 SP time-of-day SP year
4916<x:ref>attribute</x:ref> = token
4917<x:ref>authority</x:ref> = &lt;authority, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2&gt;
4918
4919<x:ref>chunk</x:ref> = chunk-size *WSP [ chunk-ext ] CRLF chunk-data CRLF
4920<x:ref>chunk-data</x:ref> = 1*OCTET
4921<x:ref>chunk-ext</x:ref> = *( ";" *WSP chunk-ext-name [ "=" chunk-ext-val ] *WSP )
4922<x:ref>chunk-ext-name</x:ref> = token
4923<x:ref>chunk-ext-val</x:ref> = token / quoted-str-nf
4924<x:ref>chunk-size</x:ref> = 1*HEXDIG
4925<x:ref>comment</x:ref> = "(" *( ctext / quoted-cpair / comment ) ")"
4926<x:ref>connection-token</x:ref> = token
4927<x:ref>ctext</x:ref> = OWS / %x21-27 ; '!'-'''
4928 / %x2A-5B ; '*'-'['
4929 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
4930 / obs-text
4931
4932<x:ref>date1</x:ref> = day SP month SP year
4933<x:ref>date2</x:ref> = day "-" month "-" 2DIGIT
4934<x:ref>date3</x:ref> = month SP ( 2DIGIT / ( SP DIGIT ) )
4935<x:ref>day</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4936<x:ref>day-name</x:ref> = %x4D.6F.6E ; Mon
4937 / %x54.75.65 ; Tue
4938 / %x57.65.64 ; Wed
4939 / %x54.68.75 ; Thu
4940 / %x46.72.69 ; Fri
4941 / %x53.61.74 ; Sat
4942 / %x53.75.6E ; Sun
4943<x:ref>day-name-l</x:ref> = %x4D.6F.6E.64.61.79 ; Monday
4944 / %x54.75.65.73.64.61.79 ; Tuesday
4945 / %x57.65.64.6E.65.73.64.61.79 ; Wednesday
4946 / %x54.68.75.72.73.64.61.79 ; Thursday
4947 / %x46.72.69.64.61.79 ; Friday
4948 / %x53.61.74.75.72.64.61.79 ; Saturday
4949 / %x53.75.6E.64.61.79 ; Sunday
4950
4951<x:ref>entity-body</x:ref> = &lt;entity-body, defined in [Part3], Section 3.2&gt;
4952<x:ref>entity-header</x:ref> = &lt;entity-header, defined in [Part3], Section 3.1&gt;
4953
4954<x:ref>field-content</x:ref> = *( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
4955<x:ref>field-name</x:ref> = token
4956<x:ref>field-value</x:ref> = *( field-content / OWS )
4957
4958<x:ref>general-header</x:ref> = Cache-Control / Connection / Date / Pragma / Trailer
4959 / Transfer-Encoding / Upgrade / Via / Warning
4960
4961<x:ref>header-field</x:ref> = field-name ":" OWS [ field-value ] OWS
4962<x:ref>hour</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4963<x:ref>http-URI</x:ref> = "http://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
4964<x:ref>https-URI</x:ref> = "https://" authority path-abempty [ "?" query ]
4965
4966<x:ref>last-chunk</x:ref> = 1*"0" *WSP [ chunk-ext ] CRLF
4967
4968<x:ref>message-body</x:ref> = entity-body /
4969 &lt;entity-body encoded as per Transfer-Encoding&gt;
4970<x:ref>minute</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
4971<x:ref>month</x:ref> = %x4A.61.6E ; Jan
4972 / %x46.65.62 ; Feb
4973 / %x4D.61.72 ; Mar
4974 / %x41.70.72 ; Apr
4975 / %x4D.61.79 ; May
4976 / %x4A.75.6E ; Jun
4977 / %x4A.75.6C ; Jul
4978 / %x41.75.67 ; Aug
4979 / %x53.65.70 ; Sep
4980 / %x4F.63.74 ; Oct
4981 / %x4E.6F.76 ; Nov
4982 / %x44.65.63 ; Dec
4983
4984<x:ref>obs-date</x:ref> = rfc850-date / asctime-date
4985<x:ref>obs-fold</x:ref> = CRLF
4986<x:ref>obs-text</x:ref> = %x80-FF
4987
4988<x:ref>partial-URI</x:ref> = relative-part [ "?" query ]
4989<x:ref>path-abempty</x:ref> = &lt;path-abempty, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
4990<x:ref>path-absolute</x:ref> = &lt;path-absolute, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.3&gt;
4991<x:ref>port</x:ref> = &lt;port, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.3&gt;
4992<x:ref>product</x:ref> = token [ "/" product-version ]
4993<x:ref>product-version</x:ref> = token
4994<x:ref>protocol-name</x:ref> = token
4995<x:ref>protocol-version</x:ref> = token
4996<x:ref>pseudonym</x:ref> = token
4997
4998<x:ref>qdtext</x:ref> = OWS / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
4999 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5000 / obs-text
5001<x:ref>qdtext-nf</x:ref> = WSP / "!" / %x23-5B ; '#'-'['
5002 / %x5D-7E ; ']'-'~'
5003 / obs-text
5004<x:ref>query</x:ref> = &lt;query, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.4&gt;
5005<x:ref>quoted-cpair</x:ref> = "\" ( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5006<x:ref>quoted-pair</x:ref> = "\" ( WSP / VCHAR / obs-text )
5007<x:ref>quoted-str-nf</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext-nf / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
5008<x:ref>quoted-string</x:ref> = DQUOTE *( qdtext / quoted-pair ) DQUOTE
5009<x:ref>qvalue</x:ref> = ( "0" [ "." *3DIGIT ] ) / ( "1" [ "." *3"0" ] )
5010
5011<x:ref>received-by</x:ref> = ( uri-host [ ":" port ] ) / pseudonym
5012<x:ref>received-protocol</x:ref> = [ protocol-name "/" ] protocol-version
5013<x:ref>relative-part</x:ref> = &lt;relative-part, defined in [RFC3986], Section 4.2&gt;
5014<x:ref>request-header</x:ref> = &lt;request-header, defined in [Part2], Section 3&gt;
5015<x:ref>request-target</x:ref> = "*" / absolute-URI / ( path-absolute [ "?" query ] )
5016 / authority
5017<x:ref>response-header</x:ref> = &lt;response-header, defined in [Part2], Section 5&gt;
5018<x:ref>rfc1123-date</x:ref> = day-name "," SP date1 SP time-of-day SP GMT
5019<x:ref>rfc850-date</x:ref> = day-name-l "," SP date2 SP time-of-day SP GMT
5020
5021<x:ref>second</x:ref> = 2DIGIT
5022<x:ref>special</x:ref> = "(" / ")" / "&lt;" / "&gt;" / "@" / "," / ";" / ":" / "\" /
5023 DQUOTE / "/" / "[" / "]" / "?" / "=" / "{" / "}"
5024<x:ref>start-line</x:ref> = Request-Line / Status-Line
5025
5026<x:ref>t-codings</x:ref> = "trailers" / ( transfer-extension [ te-params ] )
5027<x:ref>tchar</x:ref> = "!" / "#" / "$" / "%" / "&amp;" / "'" / "*" / "+" / "-" / "." /
5028 "^" / "_" / "`" / "|" / "~" / DIGIT / ALPHA
5029<x:ref>te-ext</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS token [ "=" word ]
5030<x:ref>te-params</x:ref> = OWS ";" OWS "q=" qvalue *te-ext
5031<x:ref>time-of-day</x:ref> = hour ":" minute ":" second
5032<x:ref>token</x:ref> = 1*tchar
5033<x:ref>trailer-part</x:ref> = *( entity-header CRLF )
5034<x:ref>transfer-coding</x:ref> = "chunked" / "compress" / "deflate" / "gzip" /
5035 transfer-extension
5036<x:ref>transfer-extension</x:ref> = token *( OWS ";" OWS transfer-parameter )
5037<x:ref>transfer-parameter</x:ref> = attribute BWS "=" BWS value
5038
5039<x:ref>uri-host</x:ref> = &lt;host, defined in [RFC3986], Section 3.2.2&gt;
5040
5041<x:ref>value</x:ref> = word
5042
5043<x:ref>word</x:ref> = token / quoted-string
5044
5045<x:ref>year</x:ref> = 4DIGIT
5046</artwork>
5047</figure>
5048<figure><preamble>ABNF diagnostics:</preamble><artwork type="inline">
5049; Chunked-Body defined but not used
5050; Content-Length defined but not used
5051; HTTP-message defined but not used
5052; Host defined but not used
5053; Request defined but not used
5054; Response defined but not used
5055; TE defined but not used
5056; URI-reference defined but not used
5057; http-URI defined but not used
5058; https-URI defined but not used
5059; partial-URI defined but not used
5060; special defined but not used
5061</artwork></figure></section>
5062<?ENDINC p1-messaging.abnf-appendix ?>
5063
5064<section title="Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)" anchor="change.log">
5065
5066<section title="Since RFC2616">
5067<t>
5068  Extracted relevant partitions from <xref target="RFC2616"/>.
5069</t>
5070</section>
5071
5072<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-00">
5073<t>
5074  Closed issues:
5075  <list style="symbols">
5076    <t>
5077      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/1"/>:
5078      "HTTP Version should be case sensitive"
5079      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#verscase"/>)
5080    </t>
5081    <t>
5082      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/2"/>:
5083      "'unsafe' characters"
5084      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#unsafe-uri"/>)
5085    </t>
5086    <t>
5087      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/3"/>:
5088      "Chunk Size Definition"
5089      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#chunk-size"/>)
5090    </t>
5091    <t>
5092      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/4"/>:
5093      "Message Length"
5094      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#msg-len-chars"/>)
5095    </t>
5096    <t>
5097      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/8"/>:
5098      "Media Type Registrations"
5099      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#media-reg"/>)
5100    </t>
5101    <t>
5102      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/11"/>:
5103      "URI includes query"
5104      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#uriquery"/>)
5105    </t>
5106    <t>
5107      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/15"/>:
5108      "No close on 1xx responses"
5109      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#noclose1xx"/>)
5110    </t>
5111    <t>
5112      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/16"/>:
5113      "Remove 'identity' token references"
5114      (<eref target="http://purl.org/NET/http-errata#identity"/>)
5115    </t>
5116    <t>
5117      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/26"/>:
5118      "Import query BNF"
5119    </t>
5120    <t>
5121      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/31"/>:
5122      "qdtext BNF"
5123    </t>
5124    <t>
5125      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/35"/>:
5126      "Normative and Informative references"
5127    </t>
5128    <t>
5129      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/42"/>:
5130      "RFC2606 Compliance"
5131    </t>
5132    <t>
5133      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/45"/>:
5134      "RFC977 reference"
5135    </t>
5136    <t>
5137      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/46"/>:
5138      "RFC1700 references"
5139    </t>
5140    <t>
5141      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/47"/>:
5142      "inconsistency in date format explanation"
5143    </t>
5144    <t>
5145      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/48"/>:
5146      "Date reference typo"
5147    </t>
5148    <t>
5149      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/65"/>:
5150      "Informative references"
5151    </t>
5152    <t>
5153      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/66"/>:
5154      "ISO-8859-1 Reference"
5155    </t>
5156    <t>
5157      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/86"/>:
5158      "Normative up-to-date references"
5159    </t>
5160  </list>
5161</t>
5162<t>
5163  Other changes:
5164  <list style="symbols">
5165    <t>
5166      Update media type registrations to use RFC4288 template.
5167    </t>
5168    <t>
5169      Use names of RFC4234 core rules DQUOTE and WSP,
5170      fix broken ABNF for chunk-data
5171      (work in progress on <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/36"/>)
5172    </t>
5173  </list>
5174</t>
5175</section>
5176
5177<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-01">
5178<t>
5179  Closed issues:
5180  <list style="symbols">
5181    <t>
5182      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/19"/>:
5183      "Bodies on GET (and other) requests"
5184    </t>
5185    <t>
5186      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/55"/>:
5187      "Updating to RFC4288"
5188    </t>
5189    <t>
5190      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/57"/>:
5191      "Status Code and Reason Phrase"
5192    </t>
5193    <t>
5194      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/82"/>:
5195      "rel_path not used"
5196    </t>
5197  </list>
5198</t>
5199<t>
5200  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/36"/>):
5201  <list style="symbols">
5202    <t>
5203      Get rid of duplicate BNF rule names ("host" -> "uri-host", "trailer" ->
5204      "trailer-part").
5205    </t>
5206    <t>
5207      Avoid underscore character in rule names ("http_URL" ->
5208      "http-URL", "abs_path" -> "path-absolute").
5209    </t>
5210    <t>
5211      Add rules for terms imported from URI spec ("absoluteURI", "authority",
5212      "path-absolute", "port", "query", "relativeURI", "host) -- these will
5213      have to be updated when switching over to RFC3986.
5214    </t>
5215    <t>
5216      Synchronize core rules with RFC5234.
5217    </t>
5218    <t>
5219      Get rid of prose rules that span multiple lines.
5220    </t>
5221    <t>
5222      Get rid of unused rules LOALPHA and UPALPHA.
5223    </t>
5224    <t>
5225      Move "Product Tokens" section (back) into Part 1, as "token" is used
5226      in the definition of the Upgrade header.
5227    </t>
5228    <t>
5229      Add explicit references to BNF syntax and rules imported from other parts of the specification.
5230    </t>
5231    <t>
5232      Rewrite prose rule "token" in terms of "tchar", rewrite prose rule "TEXT".
5233    </t>
5234  </list>
5235</t>
5236</section>
5237
5238<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-02" anchor="changes.since.02">
5239<t>
5240  Closed issues:
5241  <list style="symbols">
5242    <t>
5243      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/51"/>:
5244      "HTTP-date vs. rfc1123-date"
5245    </t>
5246    <t>
5247      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/64"/>:
5248      "WS in quoted-pair"
5249    </t>
5250  </list>
5251</t>
5252<t>
5253  Ongoing work on IANA Message Header Registration (<eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/40"/>):
5254  <list style="symbols">
5255    <t>
5256      Reference RFC 3984, and update header registrations for headers defined
5257      in this document.
5258    </t>
5259  </list>
5260</t>
5261<t>
5262  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/36"/>):
5263  <list style="symbols">
5264    <t>
5265      Replace string literals when the string really is case-sensitive (HTTP-Version).
5266    </t>
5267  </list>
5268</t>
5269</section>
5270
5271<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-03" anchor="changes.since.03">
5272<t>
5273  Closed issues:
5274  <list style="symbols">
5275    <t>
5276      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/28"/>:
5277      "Connection closing"
5278    </t>
5279    <t>
5280      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/97"/>:
5281      "Move registrations and registry information to IANA Considerations"
5282    </t>
5283    <t>
5284      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/120"/>:
5285      "need new URL for PAD1995 reference"
5286    </t>
5287    <t>
5288      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/127"/>:
5289      "IANA Considerations: update HTTP URI scheme registration"
5290    </t>
5291    <t>
5292      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/128"/>:
5293      "Cite HTTPS URI scheme definition"
5294    </t>
5295    <t>
5296      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/129"/>:
5297      "List-type headers vs Set-Cookie"
5298    </t>
5299  </list>
5300</t>
5301<t>
5302  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/36"/>):
5303  <list style="symbols">
5304    <t>
5305      Replace string literals when the string really is case-sensitive (HTTP-Date).
5306    </t>
5307    <t>
5308      Replace HEX by HEXDIG for future consistence with RFC 5234's core rules.
5309    </t>
5310  </list>
5311</t>
5312</section>
5313
5314<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-04" anchor="changes.since.04">
5315<t>
5316  Closed issues:
5317  <list style="symbols">
5318    <t>
5319      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/34"/>:
5320      "Out-of-date reference for URIs"
5321    </t>
5322    <t>
5323      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/132"/>:
5324      "RFC 2822 is updated by RFC 5322"
5325    </t>
5326  </list>
5327</t>
5328<t>
5329  Ongoing work on ABNF conversion (<eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/36"/>):
5330  <list style="symbols">
5331    <t>
5332      Use "/" instead of "|" for alternatives.
5333    </t>
5334    <t>
5335      Get rid of RFC822 dependency; use RFC5234 plus extensions instead.
5336    </t>
5337    <t>
5338      Only reference RFC 5234's core rules.
5339    </t>
5340    <t>
5341      Introduce new ABNF rules for "bad" whitespace ("BWS"), optional
5342      whitespace ("OWS") and required whitespace ("RWS").
5343    </t>
5344    <t>
5345      Rewrite ABNFs to spell out whitespace rules, factor out
5346      header value format definitions.
5347    </t>
5348  </list>
5349</t>
5350</section>
5351
5352<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-05" anchor="changes.since.05">
5353<t>
5354  Closed issues:
5355  <list style="symbols">
5356    <t>
5357      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/30"/>:
5358      "Header LWS"
5359    </t>
5360    <t>
5361      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/52"/>:
5362      "Sort 1.3 Terminology"
5363    </t>
5364    <t>
5365      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/63"/>:
5366      "RFC2047 encoded words"
5367    </t>
5368    <t>
5369      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/74"/>:
5370      "Character Encodings in TEXT"
5371    </t>
5372    <t>
5373      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/77"/>:
5374      "Line Folding"
5375    </t>
5376    <t>
5377      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/83"/>:
5378      "OPTIONS * and proxies"
5379    </t>
5380    <t>
5381      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/94"/>:
5382      "Reason-Phrase BNF"
5383    </t>
5384    <t>
5385      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/111"/>:
5386      "Use of TEXT"
5387    </t>
5388    <t>
5389      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/118"/>:
5390      "Join "Differences Between HTTP Entities and RFC 2045 Entities"?"
5391    </t>
5392    <t>
5393      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/134"/>:
5394      "RFC822 reference left in discussion of date formats"
5395    </t>
5396  </list>
5397</t>
5398<t>
5399  Final work on ABNF conversion (<eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/36"/>):
5400  <list style="symbols">
5401    <t>
5402      Rewrite definition of list rules, deprecate empty list elements.
5403    </t>
5404    <t>
5405      Add appendix containing collected and expanded ABNF.
5406    </t>
5407  </list>
5408</t>
5409<t>
5410  Other changes:
5411  <list style="symbols">
5412    <t>
5413      Rewrite introduction; add mostly new Architecture Section.
5414    </t>
5415    <t>
5416      Move definition of quality values from Part 3 into Part 1;
5417      make TE request header grammar independent of accept-params (defined in Part 3).
5418    </t>
5419  </list>
5420</t>
5421</section>
5422
5423<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-06" anchor="changes.since.06">
5424<t>
5425  Closed issues:
5426  <list style="symbols">
5427    <t>
5428      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/161"/>:
5429      "base for numeric protocol elements"
5430    </t>
5431    <t>
5432      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/162"/>:
5433      "comment ABNF"
5434    </t>
5435  </list>
5436</t>
5437<t>
5438  Partly resolved issues:
5439  <list style="symbols">
5440    <t>
5441      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/88"/>:
5442      "205 Bodies" (took out language that implied that there may be
5443      methods for which a request body MUST NOT be included)
5444    </t>
5445    <t>
5446      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/163"/>:
5447      "editorial improvements around HTTP-date"
5448    </t>
5449  </list>
5450</t>
5451</section>
5452
5453<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-07" anchor="changes.since.07">
5454<t>
5455  Closed issues:
5456  <list style="symbols">
5457    <t>
5458      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/93"/>:
5459      "Repeating single-value headers"
5460    </t>
5461    <t>
5462      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/131"/>:
5463      "increase connection limit"
5464    </t>
5465    <t>
5466      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/157"/>:
5467      "IP addresses in URLs"
5468    </t>
5469    <t>
5470      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/172"/>:
5471      "take over HTTP Upgrade Token Registry"
5472    </t>
5473    <t>
5474      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/173"/>:
5475      "CR and LF in chunk extension values"
5476    </t>
5477    <t>
5478      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/184"/>:
5479      "HTTP/0.9 support"
5480    </t>
5481    <t>
5482      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/188"/>:
5483      "pick IANA policy (RFC5226) for Transfer Coding / Content Coding"
5484    </t>
5485    <t>
5486      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/189"/>:
5487      "move definitions of gzip/deflate/compress to part 1"
5488    </t>
5489    <t>
5490      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/194"/>:
5491      "disallow control characters in quoted-pair"
5492    </t>
5493  </list>
5494</t>
5495<t>
5496  Partly resolved issues:
5497  <list style="symbols">
5498    <t>
5499      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/148"/>:
5500      "update IANA requirements wrt Transfer-Coding values" (add the
5501      IANA Considerations subsection)
5502    </t>
5503  </list>
5504</t>
5505</section>
5506
5507<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-08" anchor="changes.since.08">
5508<t>
5509  Closed issues:
5510  <list style="symbols">
5511    <t>
5512      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/201"/>:
5513      "header parsing, treatment of leading and trailing OWS"
5514    </t>
5515  </list>
5516</t>
5517<t>
5518  Partly resolved issues:
5519  <list style="symbols">
5520    <t>
5521      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/60"/>:
5522      "Placement of 13.5.1 and 13.5.2"
5523    </t>
5524    <t>
5525      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/200"/>:
5526      "use of term "word" when talking about header structure"
5527    </t>
5528  </list>
5529</t>
5530</section>
5531
5532<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-09" anchor="changes.since.09">
5533<t>
5534  Closed issues:
5535  <list style="symbols">
5536    <t>
5537      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/73"/>:
5538      "Clarification of the term 'deflate'"
5539    </t>
5540    <t>
5541      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/83"/>:
5542      "OPTIONS * and proxies"
5543    </t>
5544    <t>
5545      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/143"/>:
5546      "IANA registry for content/transfer encodings"
5547    </t>
5548    <t>
5549      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/165"/>:
5550      "Case-sensitivity of HTTP-date"
5551    </t>
5552    <t>
5553      <eref target="http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/200"/>:
5554      "use of term "word" when talking about header structure"
5555    </t>
5556  </list>
5557</t>
5558</section>
5559
5560</section>
5561
5562</back>
5563</rfc>
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