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Remove delta-seconds def from P1, just redefine it in P2 (revisits change [210]); relates to #36.

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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
2<?xml-stylesheet type='text/xsl' href='../myxml2rfc.xslt'?>
3<!DOCTYPE rfc [
4  <!ENTITY MAY "<bcp14 xmlns=''>MAY</bcp14>">
5  <!ENTITY MUST "<bcp14 xmlns=''>MUST</bcp14>">
6  <!ENTITY MUST-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns=''>MUST NOT</bcp14>">
7  <!ENTITY OPTIONAL "<bcp14 xmlns=''>OPTIONAL</bcp14>">
8  <!ENTITY RECOMMENDED "<bcp14 xmlns=''>RECOMMENDED</bcp14>">
9  <!ENTITY REQUIRED "<bcp14 xmlns=''>REQUIRED</bcp14>">
10  <!ENTITY SHALL "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHALL</bcp14>">
11  <!ENTITY SHALL-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHALL NOT</bcp14>">
12  <!ENTITY SHOULD "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHOULD</bcp14>">
13  <!ENTITY SHOULD-NOT "<bcp14 xmlns=''>SHOULD NOT</bcp14>">
14  <!ENTITY ID-VERSION "latest">
15  <!ENTITY ID-MONTH "February">
16  <!ENTITY ID-YEAR "2008">
17  <!ENTITY notation-abnf               "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#notation.abnf' xmlns:x=''/>">
18  <!ENTITY basic-rules                 "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#basic.rules' xmlns:x=''/>">
19  <!ENTITY general-syntax              "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#general.syntax' xmlns:x=''/>">
20  <!ENTITY messaging                   "<xref target='Part1' xmlns:x=''/>">
21  <!ENTITY conditional                 "<xref target='Part4' xmlns:x=''/>">
22  <!ENTITY combining-byte-ranges       "<xref target='Part5' x:rel='#combining.byte.ranges' xmlns:x=''/>">
23  <!ENTITY entity-length               "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#entity.length' xmlns:x=''/>">
24  <!ENTITY full-date                   "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='' xmlns:x=''/>">
25  <!ENTITY header-authorization        "<xref target='Part7' x:rel='#header.authorization' xmlns:x=''/>">
26  <!ENTITY header-connection           "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#header.connection' xmlns:x=''/>">
27  <!ENTITY header-date                 "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='' xmlns:x=''/>">
28  <!ENTITY header-via                  "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#header.via' xmlns:x=''/>">
29  <!ENTITY message-headers             "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#message.headers' xmlns:x=''/>">
30  <!ENTITY message-length              "<xref target='Part1' x:rel='#message.length' xmlns:x=''/>">
31  <!ENTITY safe-methods                "<xref target='Part2' x:rel='#safe.methods' xmlns:x=''/>">
32  <!ENTITY server-driven-negotiation   "<xref target='Part3' x:rel='#server-driven.negotiation' xmlns:x=''/>">
34<?rfc toc="yes" ?>
35<?rfc symrefs="yes" ?>
36<?rfc sortrefs="yes" ?>
37<?rfc compact="yes"?>
38<?rfc subcompact="no" ?>
39<?rfc linkmailto="no" ?>
40<?rfc editing="no" ?>
41<?rfc comments="yes"?>
42<?rfc inline="yes"?>
43<?rfc-ext allow-markup-in-artwork="yes" ?>
44<?rfc-ext include-references-in-index="yes" ?>
45<rfc obsoletes="2616" category="std"
46     ipr="full3978" docName="draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-&ID-VERSION;"
47     xmlns:x=''>
50  <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1, Part 6">HTTP/1.1, part 6: Caching</title>
52  <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
53    <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
54    <address>
55      <postal>
56        <street>23 Corporate Plaza DR, Suite 280</street>
57        <city>Newport Beach</city>
58        <region>CA</region>
59        <code>92660</code>
60        <country>USA</country>
61      </postal>
62      <phone>+1-949-706-5300</phone>
63      <facsimile>+1-949-706-5305</facsimile>
64      <email></email>
65      <uri></uri>
66    </address>
67  </author>
69  <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
70    <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
71    <address>
72      <postal>
73        <street>21 Oak Knoll Road</street>
74        <city>Carlisle</city>
75        <region>MA</region>
76        <code>01741</code>
77        <country>USA</country>
78      </postal>
79      <email></email>
80      <uri></uri>
81    </address>
82  </author>
84  <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
85    <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
86    <address>
87      <postal>
88        <street>HP Labs, Large Scale Systems Group</street>
89        <street>1501 Page Mill Road, MS 1177</street>
90        <city>Palo Alto</city>
91        <region>CA</region>
92        <code>94304</code>
93        <country>USA</country>
94      </postal>
95      <email></email>
96    </address>
97  </author>
99  <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
100    <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
101    <address>
102      <postal>
103        <street>1 Microsoft Way</street>
104        <city>Redmond</city>
105        <region>WA</region>
106        <code>98052</code>
107        <country>USA</country>
108      </postal>
109      <email></email>
110    </address>
111  </author>
113  <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
114    <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
115    <address>
116      <postal>
117        <street>345 Park Ave</street>
118        <city>San Jose</city>
119        <region>CA</region>
120        <code>95110</code>
121        <country>USA</country>
122      </postal>
123      <email></email>
124      <uri></uri>
125    </address>
126  </author>
128  <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
129    <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
130    <address>
131      <postal>
132        <street>1 Microsoft Way</street>
133        <city>Redmond</city>
134        <region>WA</region>
135        <code>98052</code>
136      </postal>
137      <email></email>
138    </address>
139  </author>
141  <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
142    <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
143    <address>
144      <postal>
145        <street>MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory</street>
146        <street>The Stata Center, Building 32</street>
147        <street>32 Vassar Street</street>
148        <city>Cambridge</city>
149        <region>MA</region>
150        <code>02139</code>
151        <country>USA</country>
152      </postal>
153      <email></email>
154      <uri></uri>
155    </address>
156  </author>
158  <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
159    <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
160    <address>
161      <postal>
162        <street>W3C / ERCIM</street>
163        <street>2004, rte des Lucioles</street>
164        <city>Sophia-Antipolis</city>
165        <region>AM</region>
166        <code>06902</code>
167        <country>France</country>
168      </postal>
169      <email></email>
170      <uri></uri>
171    </address>
172  </author>
174  <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
175    <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
176    <address>
177      <postal>
178        <street>Hafenweg 16</street>
179        <city>Muenster</city><region>NW</region><code>48155</code>
180        <country>Germany</country>
181      </postal>
182      <phone>+49 251 2807760</phone>   
183      <facsimile>+49 251 2807761</facsimile>   
184      <email></email>       
185      <uri></uri>     
186    </address>
187  </author>
189  <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
193   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
194   protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information
195   systems. HTTP has been in use by the World Wide Web global information
196   initiative since 1990. This document is Part 6 of the seven-part specification
197   that defines the protocol referred to as "HTTP/1.1" and, taken together,
198   obsoletes RFC 2616.  Part 6 defines requirements on HTTP caches
199   and the associated header fields that control cache behavior or indicate
200   cacheable response messages.
204<note title="Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)">
205  <t>
206    Discussion of this draft should take place on the HTTPBIS working group
207    mailing list ( The current issues list is
208    at <eref target=""/>
209    and related documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at
210    <eref target=""/>.
211  </t>
212  <t>
213    This draft incorporates those issue resolutions that were either
214    collected in the original RFC2616 errata list (<eref target=""/>),
215    or which were agreed upon on the mailing list between October 2006 and
216    November 2007 (as published in "draft-lafon-rfc2616bis-03").
217  </t>
221<section title="Introduction" anchor="caching">
223   HTTP is typically used for distributed information systems, where
224   performance can be improved by the use of response caches, and includes
225   a number of elements intended to make caching work as well as possible.
226   Because these elements interact with each other, it is useful to describe
227   the caching design of HTTP separately.  This document defines aspects of
228   HTTP/1.1 related to caching and reusing response messages.
231<section title="Purpose" anchor="intro.purpose">
232<iref item="cache"/>
234   An HTTP <x:dfn>cache</x:dfn> is a local store of response messages
235   and the subsystem that controls its message storage, retrieval, and
236   deletion. A cache stores cacheable responses in order to reduce the
237   response time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent
238   requests. Any client or server may include a cache, though a cache
239   cannot be used by a server that is acting as a tunnel.
242   Caching would be useless if it did not significantly improve
243   performance. The goal of caching in HTTP/1.1 is to reuse a prior response
244   message to satisfy a current request.  In some cases, the existing response
245   can be reused without the need for a network request, reducing latency and
246   network round-trips; we use an "expiration" mechanism for this purpose
247   (see <xref target="expiration.model"/>).  Even when a new request is required,
248   it is often possible to reuse all or parts of the payload of a prior response
249   to satisfy the request, thereby reducing network bandwidth usage; we use a
250   "validation" mechanism for this purpose (see <xref target="validation.model"/>).
252<iref item="semantically transparent"/>
254   A cache behaves in a "<x:dfn>semantically transparent</x:dfn>" manner, with
255   respect to a particular response, when its use affects neither the
256   requesting client nor the origin server, except to improve
257   performance. When a cache is semantically transparent, the client
258   receives exactly the same response status and payload
259   that it would have received had its request been handled directly
260   by the origin server.
263   In an ideal world, all interactions with an HTTP cache would be
264   semantically transparent.  However, for some resources, semantic
265   transparency is not always necessary and can be effectively traded
266   for the sake of bandwidth scaling, disconnected operation, and
267   high availability.  HTTP/1.1 allows origin servers, caches,
268   and clients to explicitly reduce transparency when necessary.
269   However, because non-transparent operation may confuse non-expert
270   users and might be incompatible with certain server applications
271   (such as those for ordering merchandise), the protocol requires that
272   transparency be relaxed
273  <list style="symbols">
274     <t>only by an explicit protocol-level request when relaxed by
275        client or origin server</t>
277     <t>only with an explicit warning to the end user when relaxed by
278        cache or client</t>
279  </list>
282   Therefore, HTTP/1.1 provides these important elements:
283  <list style="numbers">
284      <t>Protocol features that provide full semantic transparency when
285         this is required by all parties.</t>
287      <t>Protocol features that allow an origin server or user agent to
288         explicitly request and control non-transparent operation.</t>
290      <t>Protocol features that allow a cache to attach warnings to
291         responses that do not preserve the requested approximation of
292         semantic transparency.</t>
293  </list>
296   A basic principle is that it must be possible for the clients to
297   detect any potential relaxation of semantic transparency.
298  <list><t>
299      <x:h>Note:</x:h> The server, cache, or client implementor might be faced with
300      design decisions not explicitly discussed in this specification.
301      If a decision might affect semantic transparency, the implementor
302      ought to err on the side of maintaining transparency unless a
303      careful and complete analysis shows significant benefits in
304      breaking transparency.
305    </t></list>
309<section title="Terminology" anchor="intro.terminology">
311   This specification uses a number of terms to refer to the roles
312   played by participants in, and objects of, HTTP caching.
315  <iref item="cacheable"/>
316  <x:dfn>cacheable</x:dfn>
317  <list>
318    <t>
319      A response is cacheable if a cache is allowed to store a copy of
320      the response message for use in answering subsequent requests.
321      Even when a response is cacheable, there may
322      be additional constraints on whether a cache can use the cached
323      copy for a particular request.
324    </t>
325  </list>
328  <iref item="first-hand"/>
329  <x:dfn>first-hand</x:dfn>
330  <list>
331    <t>
332      A response is first-hand if it comes directly and without
333      unnecessary delay from the origin server, perhaps via one or more
334      proxies. A response is also first-hand if its validity has just
335      been checked directly with the origin server.
336    </t>
337  </list>
340  <iref item="explicit expiration time"/>
341  <x:dfn>explicit expiration time</x:dfn>
342  <list>
343    <t>
344      The time at which the origin server intends that an entity should
345      no longer be returned by a cache without further validation.
346    </t>
347  </list>
350  <iref item="heuristic expiration time"/>
351  <x:dfn>heuristic expiration time</x:dfn>
352  <list>
353    <t>
354      An expiration time assigned by a cache when no explicit expiration
355      time is available.
356    </t>
357  </list>
360  <iref item="age"/>
361  <x:dfn>age</x:dfn>
362  <list>
363    <t>
364      The age of a response is the time since it was sent by, or
365      successfully validated with, the origin server.
366    </t>
367  </list>
370  <iref item="freshness lifetime"/>
371  <x:dfn>freshness lifetime</x:dfn>
372  <list>
373    <t>
374      The length of time between the generation of a response and its
375      expiration time.
376    </t>
377  </list>
380  <iref item="fresh"/>
381  <x:dfn>fresh</x:dfn>
382  <list>
383    <t>
384      A response is fresh if its age has not yet exceeded its freshness
385      lifetime.
386    </t>
387  </list>
390  <iref item="stale"/>
391  <x:dfn>stale</x:dfn>
392  <list>
393    <t>
394      A response is stale if its age has passed its freshness lifetime.
395    </t>
396  </list>
399  <iref item="validator"/>
400  <x:dfn>validator</x:dfn>
401  <list>
402    <t>
403      A protocol element (e.g., an entity tag or a Last-Modified time)
404      that is used to find out whether a cache entry is an equivalent
405      copy of an entity.
406    </t>
407  </list>
411<section title="Requirements" anchor="intro.requirements">
413   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
414   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
415   document are to be interpreted as described in <xref target="RFC2119"/>.
418   An implementation is not compliant if it fails to satisfy one or more
419   of the &MUST; or &REQUIRED; level requirements for the protocols it
420   implements. An implementation that satisfies all the &MUST; or &REQUIRED;
421   level and all the &SHOULD; level requirements for its protocols is said
422   to be "unconditionally compliant"; one that satisfies all the &MUST;
423   level requirements but not all the &SHOULD; level requirements for its
424   protocols is said to be "conditionally compliant."
430<section title="Notational Conventions and Generic Grammar" anchor="notation">
432  This specification uses the ABNF syntax defined in &notation-abnf; and
433  the core rules defined in &basic-rules;:
434  <cref anchor="abnf.dep">ABNF syntax and basic rules will be adopted from RFC 5234, see
435  <eref target=""/>.</cref>
437<figure><artwork type="abnf2616">
438  DIGIT         = &lt;DIGIT, defined in &basic-rules;&gt;
439  DQUOTE        = &lt;DQUOTE, defined in &basic-rules;&gt;
440  SP            = &lt;SP, defined in &basic-rules;&gt;
442<figure><artwork type="abnf2616">
443  quoted-string = &lt;quoted-string, defined in &basic-rules;&gt;
444  token         = &lt;token, defined in &basic-rules;&gt;
446<t anchor="abnf.dependencies">
447  The ABNF rules below are defined in other parts:
449<figure><!--Part1--><artwork type="abnf2616">
450  field-name    = &lt;field-name, defined in &message-headers;&gt;
451  HTTP-date     = &lt;HTTP-date, defined in &full-date;&gt;
452  port          = &lt;port, defined in &general-syntax;&gt;
453  pseudonym     = &lt;pseudonym, defined in &header-via;&gt;
454  uri-host      = &lt;uri-host, defined in &general-syntax;&gt;
458<section title="Overview" anchor="caching.overview">
459<section title="Cache Correctness" anchor="cache.correctness">
461   A correct cache &MUST; respond to a request with the most up-to-date
462   response held by the cache that is appropriate to the request (see
463   Sections <xref target="disambiguating.expiration.values" format="counter"/>,
464   <xref target="disambiguating.multiple.responses" format="counter"/>,
465   and <xref target="cache.replacement" format="counter"/>) which meets one of the following
466   conditions:
467  <list style="numbers">
468      <t>It has been checked for equivalence with what the origin server
469         would have returned by revalidating the response with the
470         origin server (<xref target="validation.model"/>);</t>
472      <t>It is "fresh enough" (see <xref target="expiration.model"/>). In the default case,
473         this means it meets the least restrictive freshness requirement
474         of the client, origin server, and cache (see <xref target="header.cache-control"/>); if
475         the origin server so specifies, it is the freshness requirement
476         of the origin server alone.
478         If a stored response is not "fresh enough" by the most
479         restrictive freshness requirement of both the client and the
480         origin server, in carefully considered circumstances the cache
481         &MAY; still return the response with the appropriate Warning
482         header (see Sections <xref target="" format="counter"/>
483         and <xref target="header.warning" format="counter"/>), unless such a response
484         is prohibited (e.g., by a "no-store" cache-directive, or by a
485         "no-cache" cache-request-directive; see <xref target="header.cache-control"/>).</t>
487      <t>It is an appropriate 304 (Not Modified), 305 (Use Proxy),
488         or error (4xx or 5xx) response message.</t>
489  </list>
492   If the cache can not communicate with the origin server, then a
493   correct cache &SHOULD; respond as above if the response can be
494   correctly served from the cache; if not it &MUST; return an error or
495   warning indicating that there was a communication failure.
498   If a cache receives a response (either an entire response, or a 304
499   (Not Modified) response) that it would normally forward to the
500   requesting client, and the received response is no longer fresh, the
501   cache &SHOULD; forward it to the requesting client without adding a new
502   Warning (but without removing any existing Warning headers). A cache
503   &SHOULD-NOT;  attempt to revalidate a response simply because that
504   response became stale in transit; this might lead to an infinite
505   loop. A user agent that receives a stale response without a Warning
506   &MAY; display a warning indication to the user.
510<section title="Warnings" anchor="warnings">
512   Whenever a cache returns a response that is neither first-hand nor
513   "fresh enough" (in the sense of condition 2 in <xref target="cache.correctness"/>), it
514   &MUST; attach a warning to that effect, using a Warning general-header.
515   The Warning header and the currently defined warnings are described
516   in <xref target="header.warning"/>. The warning allows clients to take appropriate
517   action.
520   Warnings &MAY; be used for other purposes, both cache-related and
521   otherwise. The use of a warning, rather than an error status code,
522   distinguish these responses from true failures.
525   Warnings are assigned three digit warn-codes. The first digit
526   indicates whether the Warning &MUST; or &MUST-NOT; be deleted from a
527   stored cache entry after a successful revalidation:
530  <list style="hanging">
531    <t hangText="1xx">Warnings that describe the freshness or revalidation status of
532     the response, and so &MUST; be deleted after a successful
533     revalidation. 1xx warn-codes &MAY; be generated by a cache only when
534     validating a cached entry. It &MUST-NOT; be generated by clients.</t>
536    <t hangText="2xx">Warnings that describe some aspect of the entity body or entity
537     headers that is not rectified by a revalidation (for example, a
538     lossy compression of the entity bodies) and which &MUST-NOT; be
539     deleted after a successful revalidation.</t>
540    </list>
543   See <xref target="header.warning"/> for the definitions of the codes themselves.
546   HTTP/1.0 caches will cache all Warnings in responses, without
547   deleting the ones in the first category. Warnings in responses that
548   are passed to HTTP/1.0 caches carry an extra warning-date field,
549   which prevents a future HTTP/1.1 recipient from believing an
550   erroneously cached Warning.
553   Warnings also carry a warning text. The text &MAY; be in any
554   appropriate natural language (perhaps based on the client's Accept
555   headers), and include an &OPTIONAL; indication of what character set is
556   used.
559   Multiple warnings &MAY; be attached to a response (either by the origin
560   server or by a cache), including multiple warnings with the same code
561   number. For example, a server might provide the same warning with
562   texts in both English and Basque.
565   When multiple warnings are attached to a response, it might not be
566   practical or reasonable to display all of them to the user. This
567   version of HTTP does not specify strict priority rules for deciding
568   which warnings to display and in what order, but does suggest some
569   heuristics.
573<section title="Cache-control Mechanisms" anchor="cache-control.mechanisms">
575   The basic cache mechanisms in HTTP/1.1 (server-specified expiration
576   times and validators) are implicit directives to caches. In some
577   cases, a server or client might need to provide explicit directives
578   to the HTTP caches. We use the Cache-Control header for this purpose.
581   The Cache-Control header allows a client or server to transmit a
582   variety of directives in either requests or responses. These
583   directives typically override the default caching algorithms. As a
584   general rule, if there is any apparent conflict between header
585   values, the most restrictive interpretation is applied (that is, the
586   one that is most likely to preserve semantic transparency). However,
587   in some cases, cache-control directives are explicitly specified as
588   weakening the approximation of semantic transparency (for example,
589   "max-stale" or "public").
592   The cache-control directives are described in detail in <xref target="header.cache-control"/>.
596<section title="Explicit User Agent Warnings" anchor="">
598   Many user agents make it possible for users to override the basic
599   caching mechanisms. For example, the user agent might allow the user
600   to specify that cached entities (even explicitly stale ones) are
601   never validated. Or the user agent might habitually add "Cache-Control:
602   max-stale=3600" to every request. The user agent &SHOULD-NOT;
603   default to either non-transparent behavior, or behavior that results
604   in abnormally ineffective caching, but &MAY; be explicitly configured
605   to do so by an explicit action of the user.
608   If the user has overridden the basic caching mechanisms, the user
609   agent &SHOULD; explicitly indicate to the user whenever this results in
610   the display of information that might not meet the server's
611   transparency requirements (in particular, if the displayed entity is
612   known to be stale). Since the protocol normally allows the user agent
613   to determine if responses are stale or not, this indication need only
614   be displayed when this actually happens. The indication need not be a
615   dialog box; it could be an icon (for example, a picture of a rotting
616   fish) or some other indicator.
619   If the user has overridden the caching mechanisms in a way that would
620   abnormally reduce the effectiveness of caches, the user agent &SHOULD;
621   continually indicate this state to the user (for example, by a
622   display of a picture of currency in flames) so that the user does not
623   inadvertently consume excess resources or suffer from excessive
624   latency.
628<section title="Exceptions to the Rules and Warnings" anchor="">
630   In some cases, the operator of a cache &MAY; choose to configure it to
631   return stale responses even when not requested by clients. This
632   decision ought not be made lightly, but may be necessary for reasons
633   of availability or performance, especially when the cache is poorly
634   connected to the origin server. Whenever a cache returns a stale
635   response, it &MUST; mark it as such (using a Warning header) enabling
636   the client software to alert the user that there might be a potential
637   problem.
640   It also allows the user agent to take steps to obtain a first-hand or
641   fresh response. For this reason, a cache &SHOULD-NOT;  return a stale
642   response if the client explicitly requests a first-hand or fresh one,
643   unless it is impossible to comply for technical or policy reasons.
647<section title="Client-controlled Behavior" anchor="client-controlled.behavior">
649   While the origin server (and to a lesser extent, intermediate caches,
650   by their contribution to the age of a response) are the primary
651   source of expiration information, in some cases the client might need
652   to control a cache's decision about whether to return a cached
653   response without validating it. Clients do this using several
654   directives of the Cache-Control header.
657   A client's request &MAY; specify the maximum age it is willing to
658   accept of an unvalidated response; specifying a value of zero forces
659   the cache(s) to revalidate all responses. A client &MAY; also specify
660   the minimum time remaining before a response expires. Both of these
661   options increase constraints on the behavior of caches, and so cannot
662   further relax the cache's approximation of semantic transparency.
665   A client &MAY; also specify that it will accept stale responses, up to
666   some maximum amount of staleness. This loosens the constraints on the
667   caches, and so might violate the origin server's specified
668   constraints on semantic transparency, but might be necessary to
669   support disconnected operation, or high availability in the face of
670   poor connectivity.
675<section title="Expiration Model" anchor="expiration.model">
677<section title="Server-Specified Expiration" anchor="server-specified.expiration">
679   HTTP caching works best when caches can entirely avoid making
680   requests to the origin server. The primary mechanism for avoiding
681   requests is for an origin server to provide an explicit expiration
682   time in the future, indicating that a response &MAY; be used to satisfy
683   subsequent requests. In other words, a cache can return a fresh
684   response without first contacting the server.
687   Our expectation is that servers will assign future explicit
688   expiration times to responses in the belief that the entity is not
689   likely to change, in a semantically significant way, before the
690   expiration time is reached. This normally preserves semantic
691   transparency, as long as the server's expiration times are carefully
692   chosen.
695   The expiration mechanism applies only to responses taken from a cache
696   and not to first-hand responses forwarded immediately to the
697   requesting client.
700   If an origin server wishes to force a semantically transparent cache
701   to validate every request, it &MAY; assign an explicit expiration time
702   in the past. This means that the response is always stale, and so the
703   cache &SHOULD; validate it before using it for subsequent requests. See
704   <xref target="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls"/> for a more restrictive way to force revalidation.
707   If an origin server wishes to force any HTTP/1.1 cache, no matter how
708   it is configured, to validate every request, it &SHOULD; use the "must-revalidate"
709   cache-control directive (see <xref target="header.cache-control"/>).
712   Servers specify explicit expiration times using either the Expires
713   header, or the max-age directive of the Cache-Control header.
716   An expiration time cannot be used to force a user agent to refresh
717   its display or reload a resource; its semantics apply only to caching
718   mechanisms, and such mechanisms need only check a resource's
719   expiration status when a new request for that resource is initiated.
720   See <xref target="history.lists"/> for an explanation of the difference between caches
721   and history mechanisms.
725<section title="Heuristic Expiration" anchor="heuristic.expiration">
727   Since origin servers do not always provide explicit expiration times,
728   HTTP caches typically assign heuristic expiration times, employing
729   algorithms that use other header values (such as the Last-Modified
730   time) to estimate a plausible expiration time. The HTTP/1.1
731   specification does not provide specific algorithms, but does impose
732   worst-case constraints on their results. Since heuristic expiration
733   times might compromise semantic transparency, they ought to be used
734   cautiously, and we encourage origin servers to provide explicit
735   expiration times as much as possible.
739<section title="Age Calculations" anchor="age.calculations">
741   In order to know if a cached entry is fresh, a cache needs to know if
742   its age exceeds its freshness lifetime. We discuss how to calculate
743   the latter in <xref target="expiration.calculations"/>; this section describes how to calculate
744   the age of a response or cache entry.
747   In this discussion, we use the term "now" to mean "the current value
748   of the clock at the host performing the calculation." Hosts that use
749   HTTP, but especially hosts running origin servers and caches, &SHOULD;
750   use NTP <xref target="RFC1305"/> or some similar protocol to synchronize their clocks to
751   a globally accurate time standard.
754   HTTP/1.1 requires origin servers to send a Date header, if possible,
755   with every response, giving the time at which the response was
756   generated (see &header-date;). We use the term "date_value" to denote
757   the value of the Date header, in a form appropriate for arithmetic
758   operations.
761   HTTP/1.1 uses the Age response-header to convey the estimated age of
762   the response message when obtained from a cache. The Age field value
763   is the cache's estimate of the amount of time since the response was
764   generated or revalidated by the origin server.
767   In essence, the Age value is the sum of the time that the response
768   has been resident in each of the caches along the path from the
769   origin server, plus the amount of time it has been in transit along
770   network paths.
773   We use the term "age_value" to denote the value of the Age header, in
774   a form appropriate for arithmetic operations.
777   A response's age can be calculated in two entirely independent ways:
778  <list style="numbers">
779      <t>now minus date_value, if the local clock is reasonably well
780         synchronized to the origin server's clock. If the result is
781         negative, the result is replaced by zero.</t>
783      <t>age_value, if all of the caches along the response path
784         implement HTTP/1.1.</t>
785  </list>
788   Given that we have two independent ways to compute the age of a
789   response when it is received, we can combine these as
791<figure><artwork type="code">
792    corrected_received_age = max(now - date_value, age_value)
795   and as long as we have either nearly synchronized clocks or all-HTTP/1.1
796   paths, one gets a reliable (conservative) result.
799   Because of network-imposed delays, some significant interval might
800   pass between the time that a server generates a response and the time
801   it is received at the next outbound cache or client. If uncorrected,
802   this delay could result in improperly low ages.
805   Because the request that resulted in the returned Age value must have
806   been initiated prior to that Age value's generation, we can correct
807   for delays imposed by the network by recording the time at which the
808   request was initiated. Then, when an Age value is received, it &MUST;
809   be interpreted relative to the time the request was initiated, not
810   the time that the response was received. This algorithm results in
811   conservative behavior no matter how much delay is experienced. So, we
812   compute:
814<figure><artwork type="code">
815   corrected_initial_age = corrected_received_age
816                         + (now - request_time)
819   where "request_time" is the time (according to the local clock) when
820   the request that elicited this response was sent.
823   Summary of age calculation algorithm, when a cache receives a
824   response:
826<figure><artwork type="code">
827   /*
828    * age_value
829    *      is the value of Age: header received by the cache with
830    *              this response.
831    * date_value
832    *      is the value of the origin server's Date: header
833    * request_time
834    *      is the (local) time when the cache made the request
835    *              that resulted in this cached response
836    * response_time
837    *      is the (local) time when the cache received the
838    *              response
839    * now
840    *      is the current (local) time
841    */
843   apparent_age = max(0, response_time - date_value);
844   corrected_received_age = max(apparent_age, age_value);
845   response_delay = response_time - request_time;
846   corrected_initial_age = corrected_received_age + response_delay;
847   resident_time = now - response_time;
848   current_age   = corrected_initial_age + resident_time;
851   The current_age of a cache entry is calculated by adding the amount
852   of time (in seconds) since the cache entry was last validated by the
853   origin server to the corrected_initial_age. When a response is
854   generated from a cache entry, the cache &MUST; include a single Age
855   header field in the response with a value equal to the cache entry's
856   current_age.
859   The presence of an Age header field in a response implies that a
860   response is not first-hand. However, the converse is not true, since
861   the lack of an Age header field in a response does not imply that the
862   response is first-hand unless all caches along the request path are
863   compliant with HTTP/1.1 (i.e., older HTTP caches did not implement
864   the Age header field).
868<section title="Expiration Calculations" anchor="expiration.calculations">
870   In order to decide whether a response is fresh or stale, we need to
871   compare its freshness lifetime to its age. The age is calculated as
872   described in <xref target="age.calculations"/>; this section describes how to calculate
873   the freshness lifetime, and to determine if a response has expired.
874   In the discussion below, the values can be represented in any form
875   appropriate for arithmetic operations.
878   We use the term "expires_value" to denote the value of the Expires
879   header. We use the term "max_age_value" to denote an appropriate
880   value of the number of seconds carried by the "max-age" directive of
881   the Cache-Control header in a response (see <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>).
884   The max-age directive takes priority over Expires, so if max-age is
885   present in a response, the calculation is simply:
887<figure><artwork type="code">
888   freshness_lifetime = max_age_value
891   Otherwise, if Expires is present in the response, the calculation is:
893<figure><artwork type="code">
894   freshness_lifetime = expires_value - date_value
897   Note that neither of these calculations is vulnerable to clock skew,
898   since all of the information comes from the origin server.
901   If none of Expires, Cache-Control: max-age, or Cache-Control: s-maxage
902   (see <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>) appears in the response, and the response
903   does not include other restrictions on caching, the cache &MAY; compute
904   a freshness lifetime using a heuristic. The cache &MUST; attach Warning
905   113 to any response whose age is more than 24 hours if such warning
906   has not already been added.
909   Also, if the response does have a Last-Modified time, the heuristic
910   expiration value &SHOULD; be no more than some fraction of the interval
911   since that time. A typical setting of this fraction might be 10%.
914   The calculation to determine if a response has expired is quite
915   simple:
917<figure><artwork type="code">
918   response_is_fresh = (freshness_lifetime &gt; current_age)
922<section title="Disambiguating Expiration Values" anchor="disambiguating.expiration.values">
924   Because expiration values are assigned optimistically, it is possible
925   for two caches to contain fresh values for the same resource that are
926   different.
929   If a client performing a retrieval receives a non-first-hand response
930   for a request that was already fresh in its own cache, and the Date
931   header in its existing cache entry is newer than the Date on the new
932   response, then the client &MAY; ignore the response. If so, it &MAY;
933   retry the request with a "Cache-Control: max-age=0" directive (see
934   <xref target="header.cache-control"/>), to force a check with the origin server.
937   If a cache has two fresh responses for the same representation with
938   different validators, it &MUST; use the one with the more recent Date
939   header. This situation might arise because the cache is pooling
940   responses from other caches, or because a client has asked for a
941   reload or a revalidation of an apparently fresh cache entry.
945<section title="Disambiguating Multiple Responses" anchor="disambiguating.multiple.responses">
947   Because a client might be receiving responses via multiple paths, so
948   that some responses flow through one set of caches and other
949   responses flow through a different set of caches, a client might
950   receive responses in an order different from that in which the origin
951   server sent them. We would like the client to use the most recently
952   generated response, even if older responses are still apparently
953   fresh.
956   Neither the entity tag nor the expiration value can impose an
957   ordering on responses, since it is possible that a later response
958   intentionally carries an earlier expiration time. The Date values are
959   ordered to a granularity of one second.
962   When a client tries to revalidate a cache entry, and the response it
963   receives contains a Date header that appears to be older than the one
964   for the existing entry, then the client &SHOULD; repeat the request
965   unconditionally, and include
967<figure><artwork type="example">
968    Cache-Control: max-age=0
971   to force any intermediate caches to validate their copies directly
972   with the origin server, or
974<figure><artwork type="example">
975    Cache-Control: no-cache
978   to force any intermediate caches to obtain a new copy from the origin
979   server.
982   If the Date values are equal, then the client &MAY; use either response
983   (or &MAY;, if it is being extremely prudent, request a new response).
984   Servers &MUST-NOT; depend on clients being able to choose
985   deterministically between responses generated during the same second,
986   if their expiration times overlap.
991<section title="Validation Model" anchor="validation.model">
993   When a cache has a stale entry that it would like to use as a
994   response to a client's request, it first has to check with the origin
995   server (or possibly an intermediate cache with a fresh response) to
996   see if its cached entry is still usable. We call this "validating"
997   the cache entry.
1000   HTTP's conditional request mechanism, defined in &conditional;, is
1001   used to avoid retransmitting the response payload when the cached entry
1002   is valid.  When a cached response includes one or more "cache validators,"
1003   such as the field values of an ETag or Last-Modified header field, then
1004   a validating GET request &SHOULD; be made conditional to those field values.
1005   The server checks the conditional request's validator against the current
1006   state of the requested resource and, if they match, the server responds
1007   with a 304 (Not Modified) status code to indicate that the cached response
1008   can be refreshed and reused without retransmitting the response payload.
1009   If the validator does not match the current state of the requested
1010   resource, then the server returns a full response, including payload,
1011   so that the request can be satisfied and the cache entry supplanted
1012   without the need for an additional network round-trip.
1016<section title="Response Cacheability" anchor="response.cacheability">
1018   Unless specifically constrained by a cache-control (<xref target="header.cache-control"/>)
1019   directive, a caching system &MAY; always store a successful response
1020   (see <xref target="errors.or.incomplete.response.cache.behavior"/>) as a cache entry, &MAY; return it without validation
1021   if it is fresh, and &MAY; return it after successful validation. If
1022   there is neither a cache validator nor an explicit expiration time
1023   associated with a response, we do not expect it to be cached, but
1024   certain caches &MAY; violate this expectation (for example, when little
1025   or no network connectivity is available). A client can usually detect
1026   that such a response was taken from a cache by comparing the Date
1027   header to the current time.
1028  <list><t>
1029      <x:h>Note:</x:h> some HTTP/1.0 caches are known to violate this expectation
1030      without providing any Warning.
1031  </t></list>
1034   However, in some cases it might be inappropriate for a cache to
1035   retain an entity, or to return it in response to a subsequent
1036   request. This might be because absolute semantic transparency is
1037   deemed necessary by the service author, or because of security or
1038   privacy considerations. Certain cache-control directives are
1039   therefore provided so that the server can indicate that certain
1040   resource entities, or portions thereof, are not to be cached
1041   regardless of other considerations.
1044   Note that &header-authorization; normally prevents a shared cache from saving
1045   and returning a response to a previous request if that request
1046   included an Authorization header.
1049   A response received with a status code of 200, 203, 206, 300, 301 or
1050   410 &MAY; be stored by a cache and used in reply to a subsequent
1051   request, subject to the expiration mechanism, unless a cache-control
1052   directive prohibits caching. However, a cache that does not support
1053   the Range and Content-Range headers &MUST-NOT; cache 206 (Partial
1054   Content) responses.
1057   A response received with any other status code (e.g. status codes 302
1058   and 307) &MUST-NOT; be returned in a reply to a subsequent request
1059   unless there are cache-control directives or another header(s) that
1060   explicitly allow it. For example, these include the following: an
1061   Expires header (<xref target="header.expires"/>); a "max-age", "s-maxage",  "must-revalidate",
1062   "proxy-revalidate", "public" or "private" cache-control
1063   directive (<xref target="header.cache-control"/>).
1067<section title="Constructing Responses From Caches" anchor="constructing.responses.from.caches">
1069   The purpose of an HTTP cache is to store information received in
1070   response to requests for use in responding to future requests. In
1071   many cases, a cache simply returns the appropriate parts of a
1072   response to the requester. However, if the cache holds a cache entry
1073   based on a previous response, it might have to combine parts of a new
1074   response with what is held in the cache entry.
1077<section title="End-to-end and Hop-by-hop Headers" anchor="end-to-end.and.hop-by-hop.headers">
1079   For the purpose of defining the behavior of caches and non-caching
1080   proxies, we divide HTTP headers into two categories:
1081  <list style="symbols">
1082      <t>End-to-end headers, which are  transmitted to the ultimate
1083        recipient of a request or response. End-to-end headers in
1084        responses &MUST; be stored as part of a cache entry and &MUST; be
1085        transmitted in any response formed from a cache entry.</t>
1087      <t>Hop-by-hop headers, which are meaningful only for a single
1088        transport-level connection, and are not stored by caches or
1089        forwarded by proxies.</t>
1090  </list>
1093   The following HTTP/1.1 headers are hop-by-hop headers:
1094  <list style="symbols">
1095      <t>Connection</t>
1096      <t>Keep-Alive</t>
1097      <t>Proxy-Authenticate</t>
1098      <t>Proxy-Authorization</t>
1099      <t>TE</t>
1100      <t>Trailer</t>
1101      <t>Transfer-Encoding</t>
1102      <t>Upgrade</t>
1103  </list>
1106   All other headers defined by HTTP/1.1 are end-to-end headers.
1109   Other hop-by-hop headers &MUST; be listed in a Connection header
1110   (&header-connection;).
1114<section title="Non-modifiable Headers" anchor="non-modifiable.headers">
1116   Some features of HTTP/1.1, such as Digest
1117   Authentication, depend on the value of certain end-to-end headers. A
1118   transparent proxy &SHOULD-NOT;  modify an end-to-end header unless the
1119   definition of that header requires or specifically allows that.
1122   A transparent proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
1123   request or response, and it &MUST-NOT; add any of these fields if not
1124   already present:
1125  <list style="symbols">
1126      <t>Content-Location</t>
1127      <t>Content-MD5</t>
1128      <t>ETag</t>
1129      <t>Last-Modified</t>
1130  </list>
1133   A transparent proxy &MUST-NOT; modify any of the following fields in a
1134   response:
1135  <list style="symbols">
1136    <t>Expires</t>
1137  </list>
1140   but it &MAY; add any of these fields if not already present. If an
1141   Expires header is added, it &MUST; be given a field-value identical to
1142   that of the Date header in that response.
1145   A  proxy &MUST-NOT; modify or add any of the following fields in a
1146   message that contains the no-transform cache-control directive, or in
1147   any request:
1148  <list style="symbols">
1149    <t>Content-Encoding</t>
1150    <t>Content-Range</t>
1151    <t>Content-Type</t>
1152  </list>
1155   A non-transparent proxy &MAY; modify or add these fields to a message
1156   that does not include no-transform, but if it does so, it &MUST; add a
1157   Warning 214 (Transformation applied) if one does not already appear
1158   in the message (see <xref target="header.warning"/>).
1159  <list><t>
1160      Warning: unnecessary modification of end-to-end headers might
1161      cause authentication failures if stronger authentication
1162      mechanisms are introduced in later versions of HTTP. Such
1163      authentication mechanisms &MAY; rely on the values of header fields
1164      not listed here.
1165    </t></list>
1168   The Content-Length field of a request or response is added or deleted
1169   according to the rules in &message-length;. A transparent proxy &MUST;
1170   preserve the entity-length (&entity-length;) of the entity-body,
1171   although it &MAY; change the transfer-length (&message-length;).
1175<section title="Combining Headers" anchor="combining.headers">
1177   When a cache makes a validating request to a server, and the server
1178   provides a 304 (Not Modified) response or a 206 (Partial Content)
1179   response, the cache then constructs a response to send to the
1180   requesting client.
1183   If the status code is 304 (Not Modified), the cache uses the entity-body
1184   stored in the cache entry as the entity-body of this outgoing
1185   response. If the status code is 206 (Partial Content) and the ETag or
1186   Last-Modified headers match exactly, the cache &MAY; combine the
1187   contents stored in the cache entry with the new contents received in
1188   the response and use the result as the entity-body of this outgoing
1189   response, (see &combining-byte-ranges;).
1192   The end-to-end headers stored in the cache entry are used for the
1193   constructed response, except that
1194  <list style="symbols">
1195    <t>any stored Warning headers with warn-code 1xx (see <xref target="header.warning"/>)
1196      &MUST; be deleted from the cache entry and the forwarded response.</t>
1197    <t>any stored Warning headers with warn-code 2xx &MUST; be retained
1198        in the cache entry and the forwarded response.</t>
1199    <t>any end-to-end headers provided in the 304 or 206 response &MUST;
1200        replace the corresponding headers from the cache entry.</t>
1201  </list>
1204   Unless the cache decides to remove the cache entry, it &MUST; also
1205   replace the end-to-end headers stored with the cache entry with
1206   corresponding headers received in the incoming response, except for
1207   Warning headers as described immediately above. If a header field-name
1208   in the incoming response matches more than one header in the
1209   cache entry, all such old headers &MUST; be replaced.
1212   In other words, the set of end-to-end headers received in the
1213   incoming response overrides all corresponding end-to-end headers
1214   stored with the cache entry (except for stored Warning headers with
1215   warn-code 1xx, which are deleted even if not overridden).
1216  <list><t>
1217      <x:h>Note:</x:h> this rule allows an origin server to use a 304 (Not
1218      Modified) or a 206 (Partial Content) response to update any header
1219      associated with a previous response for the same entity or sub-ranges
1220      thereof, although it might not always be meaningful or
1221      correct to do so. This rule does not allow an origin server to use
1222      a 304 (Not Modified) or a 206 (Partial Content) response to
1223      entirely delete a header that it had provided with a previous
1224      response.
1225  </t></list>
1231<section title="Caching Negotiated Responses" anchor="caching.negotiated.responses">
1233   Use of server-driven content negotiation (&server-driven-negotiation;), as indicated
1234   by the presence of a Vary header field in a response, alters the
1235   conditions and procedure by which a cache can use the response for
1236   subsequent requests. See <xref target="header.vary"/> for use of the Vary header
1237   field by servers.
1240   A server &SHOULD; use the Vary header field to inform a cache of what
1241   request-header fields were used to select among multiple
1242   representations of a cacheable response subject to server-driven
1243   negotiation. The set of header fields named by the Vary field value
1244   is known as the "selecting" request-headers.
1247   When the cache receives a subsequent request whose Request-URI
1248   specifies one or more cache entries including a Vary header field,
1249   the cache &MUST-NOT; use such a cache entry to construct a response to
1250   the new request unless all of the selecting request-headers present
1251   in the new request match the corresponding stored request-headers in
1252   the original request.
1255   The selecting request-headers from two requests are defined to match
1256   if and only if the selecting request-headers in the first request can
1257   be transformed to the selecting request-headers in the second request
1258   by adding or removing linear white space (LWS) at places where this
1259   is allowed by the corresponding BNF, and/or combining multiple
1260   message-header fields with the same field name following the rules
1261   about message headers in &message-headers;.
1264   A Vary header field-value of "*" always fails to match and subsequent
1265   requests on that resource can only be properly interpreted by the
1266   origin server.
1269   If the selecting request header fields for the cached entry do not
1270   match the selecting request header fields of the new request, then
1271   the cache &MUST-NOT; use a cached entry to satisfy the request unless
1272   it first relays the new request to the origin server in a conditional
1273   request and the server responds with 304 (Not Modified), including an
1274   entity tag or Content-Location that indicates the entity to be used.
1277   If an entity tag was assigned to a cached representation, the
1278   forwarded request &SHOULD; be conditional and include the entity tags
1279   in an If-None-Match header field from all its cache entries for the
1280   resource. This conveys to the server the set of entities currently
1281   held by the cache, so that if any one of these entities matches the
1282   requested entity, the server can use the ETag header field in its 304
1283   (Not Modified) response to tell the cache which entry is appropriate.
1284   If the entity-tag of the new response matches that of an existing
1285   entry, the new response &SHOULD; be used to update the header fields of
1286   the existing entry, and the result &MUST; be returned to the client.
1289   If any of the existing cache entries contains only partial content
1290   for the associated entity, its entity-tag &SHOULD-NOT;  be included in
1291   the If-None-Match header field unless the request is for a range that
1292   would be fully satisfied by that entry.
1295   If a cache receives a successful response whose Content-Location
1296   field matches that of an existing cache entry for the same Request-URI,
1297   whose entity-tag differs from that of the existing entry, and
1298   whose Date is more recent than that of the existing entry, the
1299   existing entry &SHOULD-NOT;  be returned in response to future requests
1300   and &SHOULD; be deleted from the cache.
1304<section title="Shared and Non-Shared Caches" anchor="shared.and.non-shared.caches">
1306   For reasons of security and privacy, it is necessary to make a
1307   distinction between "shared" and "non-shared" caches. A non-shared
1308   cache is one that is accessible only to a single user. Accessibility
1309   in this case &SHOULD; be enforced by appropriate security mechanisms.
1310   All other caches are considered to be "shared." Other sections of
1311   this specification place certain constraints on the operation of
1312   shared caches in order to prevent loss of privacy or failure of
1313   access controls.
1317<section title="Errors or Incomplete Response Cache Behavior" anchor="errors.or.incomplete.response.cache.behavior">
1319   A cache that receives an incomplete response (for example, with fewer
1320   bytes of data than specified in a Content-Length header) &MAY; store
1321   the response. However, the cache &MUST; treat this as a partial
1322   response. Partial responses &MAY; be combined as described in &combining-byte-ranges;;
1323   the result might be a full response or might still be
1324   partial. A cache &MUST-NOT; return a partial response to a client
1325   without explicitly marking it as such, using the 206 (Partial
1326   Content) status code. A cache &MUST-NOT; return a partial response
1327   using a status code of 200 (OK).
1330   If a cache receives a 5xx response while attempting to revalidate an
1331   entry, it &MAY; either forward this response to the requesting client,
1332   or act as if the server failed to respond. In the latter case, it &MAY;
1333   return a previously received response unless the cached entry
1334   includes the "must-revalidate" cache-control directive (see <xref target="header.cache-control"/>).
1338<section title="Side Effects of GET and HEAD" anchor="side.effects.of.get.and.head">
1340   Unless the origin server explicitly prohibits the caching of their
1341   responses, the application of GET and HEAD methods to any resources
1342   &SHOULD-NOT;  have side effects that would lead to erroneous behavior if
1343   these responses are taken from a cache. They &MAY; still have side
1344   effects, but a cache is not required to consider such side effects in
1345   its caching decisions. Caches are always expected to observe an
1346   origin server's explicit restrictions on caching.
1349   We note one exception to this rule: since some applications have
1350   traditionally used GET and HEAD requests with URLs containing a query part
1351   to perform operations with significant side
1352   effects, caches &MUST-NOT; treat responses to such URIs as fresh unless
1353   the server provides an explicit expiration time. This specifically
1354   means that responses from HTTP/1.0 servers for such URIs &SHOULD-NOT;
1355   be taken from a cache. See &safe-methods; for related information.
1359<section title="Invalidation After Updates or Deletions" anchor="invalidation.after.updates.or.deletions">
1361   The effect of certain methods performed on a resource at the origin
1362   server might cause one or more existing cache entries to become non-transparently
1363   invalid. That is, although they might continue to be
1364   "fresh," they do not accurately reflect what the origin server would
1365   return for a new request on that resource.
1368   There is no way for HTTP to guarantee that all such
1369   cache entries are marked invalid. For example, the request that
1370   caused the change at the origin server might not have gone through
1371   the proxy where a cache entry is stored. However, several rules help
1372   reduce the likelihood of erroneous behavior.
1375   In this section, the phrase "invalidate an entity" means that the
1376   cache will either remove all instances of that entity from its
1377   storage, or will mark these as "invalid" and in need of a mandatory
1378   revalidation before they can be returned in response to a subsequent
1379   request.
1382   Some HTTP methods &MUST; cause a cache to invalidate an entity. This is
1383   either the entity referred to by the Request-URI, or by the Location
1384   or Content-Location headers (if present). These methods are:
1385  <list style="symbols">
1386      <t>PUT</t>
1387      <t>DELETE</t>
1388      <t>POST</t>
1389  </list>
1392   An invalidation based
1393   on the URI in a Location or Content-Location header &MUST-NOT; be
1394   performed if the host part of that URI differs from the host part
1395   in the Request-URI. This helps prevent denial of service attacks.
1398   A cache that passes through requests for methods it does not
1399   understand &SHOULD; invalidate any entities referred to by the
1400   Request-URI.
1404<section title="Write-Through Mandatory" anchor="write-through.mandatory">
1406   All methods that might be expected to cause modifications to the
1407   origin server's resources &MUST; be written through to the origin
1408   server. This currently includes all methods except for GET and HEAD.
1409   A cache &MUST-NOT; reply to such a request from a client before having
1410   transmitted the request to the inbound server, and having received a
1411   corresponding response from the inbound server. This does not prevent
1412   a proxy cache from sending a 100 (Continue) response before the
1413   inbound server has sent its final reply.
1416   The alternative (known as "write-back" or "copy-back" caching) is not
1417   allowed in HTTP/1.1, due to the difficulty of providing consistent
1418   updates and the problems arising from server, cache, or network
1419   failure prior to write-back.
1423<section title="Cache Replacement" anchor="cache.replacement">
1425   If a new cacheable (see Sections <xref target="" format="counter"/>,
1426   <xref target="disambiguating.expiration.values" format="counter"/>,
1427   <xref target="disambiguating.multiple.responses" format="counter"/>
1428   and <xref target="errors.or.incomplete.response.cache.behavior" format="counter"/>)
1429   response is received from a resource while any existing responses for
1430   the same resource are cached, the cache &SHOULD; use the new response
1431   to reply to the current request. It &MAY; insert it into cache storage
1432   and &MAY;, if it meets all other requirements, use it to respond to any
1433   future requests that would previously have caused the old response to
1434   be returned. If it inserts the new response into cache storage  the
1435   rules in <xref target="combining.headers"/> apply.
1436  <list><t>
1437      <x:h>Note:</x:h> a new response that has an older Date header value than
1438      existing cached responses is not cacheable.
1439  </t></list>
1443<section title="History Lists" anchor="history.lists">
1445   User agents often have history mechanisms, such as "Back" buttons and
1446   history lists, which can be used to redisplay an entity retrieved
1447   earlier in a session.
1450   History mechanisms and caches are different. In particular history
1451   mechanisms &SHOULD-NOT;  try to show a semantically transparent view of
1452   the current state of a resource. Rather, a history mechanism is meant
1453   to show exactly what the user saw at the time when the resource was
1454   retrieved.
1457   By default, an expiration time does not apply to history mechanisms.
1458   If the entity is still in storage, a history mechanism &SHOULD; display
1459   it even if the entity has expired, unless the user has specifically
1460   configured the agent to refresh expired history documents.
1463   This is not to be construed to prohibit the history mechanism from
1464   telling the user that a view might be stale.
1465  <list><t>
1466      <x:h>Note:</x:h> if history list mechanisms unnecessarily prevent users from
1467      viewing stale resources, this will tend to force service authors
1468      to avoid using HTTP expiration controls and cache controls when
1469      they would otherwise like to. Service authors may consider it
1470      important that users not be presented with error messages or
1471      warning messages when they use navigation controls (such as BACK)
1472      to view previously fetched resources. Even though sometimes such
1473      resources ought not be cached, or ought to expire quickly, user
1474      interface considerations may force service authors to resort to
1475      other means of preventing caching (e.g. "once-only" URLs) in order
1476      not to suffer the effects of improperly functioning history
1477      mechanisms.
1478  </t></list>
1482<section title="Header Field Definitions" anchor="header.fields">
1484   This section defines the syntax and semantics of HTTP/1.1 header fields
1485   related to caching.
1488   For entity-header fields, both sender and recipient refer to either the
1489   client or the server, depending on who sends and who receives the entity.
1492<section title="Age" anchor="header.age">
1493  <iref primary="true" item="Age header" x:for-anchor=""/>
1494  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Age" x:for-anchor=""/>
1496      The Age response-header field conveys the sender's estimate of the
1497      amount of time since the response (or its revalidation) was
1498      generated at the origin server. A cached response is "fresh" if
1499      its age does not exceed its freshness lifetime. Age values are
1500      calculated as specified in <xref target="age.calculations"/>.
1502<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Age"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="age-value"/>
1503  Age = "Age" ":" age-value
1504  age-value = delta-seconds
1507      Age values are non-negative decimal integers, representing time in
1508      seconds.
1510<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="delta-seconds"/>
1511  delta-seconds  = 1*DIGIT
1514      If a cache receives a value larger than the largest positive
1515      integer it can represent, or if any of its age calculations
1516      overflows, it &MUST; transmit an Age header with a value of
1517      2147483648 (2^31). An HTTP/1.1 server that includes a cache &MUST;
1518      include an Age header field in every response generated from its
1519      own cache. Caches &SHOULD; use an arithmetic type of at least 31
1520      bits of range.
1524<section title="Cache-Control" anchor="header.cache-control">
1525  <iref primary="true" item="Cache-Control header" x:for-anchor=""/>
1526  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Cache-Control" x:for-anchor=""/>
1528   The Cache-Control general-header field is used to specify directives
1529   that &MUST; be obeyed by all caching mechanisms along the
1530   request/response chain. The directives specify behavior intended to
1531   prevent caches from adversely interfering with the request or
1532   response. These directives typically override the default caching
1533   algorithms. Cache directives are unidirectional in that the presence
1534   of a directive in a request does not imply that the same directive is
1535   to be given in the response.
1536  <list><t>
1537      Note that HTTP/1.0 caches might not implement Cache-Control and
1538      might only implement Pragma: no-cache (see <xref target="header.pragma"/>).
1539  </t></list>
1542   Cache directives &MUST; be passed through by a proxy or gateway
1543   application, regardless of their significance to that application,
1544   since the directives might be applicable to all recipients along the
1545   request/response chain. It is not possible to specify a cache-directive
1546   for a specific cache.
1548<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Cache-Control"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="cache-directive"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="cache-request-directive"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="cache-response-directive"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="cache-extension"/>
1549  Cache-Control   = "Cache-Control" ":" 1#cache-directive
1551  cache-directive = cache-request-directive
1552       | cache-response-directive
1554  cache-request-directive =
1555         "no-cache"                          ; <xref target=""/>
1556       | "no-store"                          ; <xref target=""/>
1557       | "max-age" "=" delta-seconds         ; <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>, <xref format="counter" target="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls"/>
1558       | "max-stale" [ "=" delta-seconds ]   ; <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>
1559       | "min-fresh" "=" delta-seconds       ; <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>
1560       | "no-transform"                      ; <xref target="no-transform.directive"/>
1561       | "only-if-cached"                    ; <xref target="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls"/>
1562       | cache-extension                     ; <xref target="cache.control.extensions"/>
1564  cache-response-directive =
1565         "public"                               ; <xref target=""/>
1566       | "private" [ "=" DQUOTE 1#field-name DQUOTE ] ; <xref target=""/>
1567       | "no-cache" [ "=" DQUOTE 1#field-name DQUOTE ]; <xref target=""/>
1568       | "no-store"                             ; <xref target=""/>
1569       | "no-transform"                         ; <xref target="no-transform.directive"/>
1570       | "must-revalidate"                      ; <xref target="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls"/>
1571       | "proxy-revalidate"                     ; <xref target="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls"/>
1572       | "max-age" "=" delta-seconds            ; <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>
1573       | "s-maxage" "=" delta-seconds           ; <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>
1574       | cache-extension                        ; <xref target="cache.control.extensions"/>
1576  cache-extension = token [ "=" ( token | quoted-string ) ]
1579   When a directive appears without any 1#field-name parameter, the
1580   directive applies to the entire request or response. When such a
1581   directive appears with a 1#field-name parameter, it applies only to
1582   the named field or fields, and not to the rest of the request or
1583   response. This mechanism supports extensibility; implementations of
1584   future versions of HTTP might apply these directives to
1585   header fields not defined in HTTP/1.1.
1588   The cache-control directives can be broken down into these general
1589   categories:
1590  <list style="symbols">
1591     <t>Restrictions on what are cacheable; these may only be imposed by
1592        the origin server.</t>
1594     <t>Restrictions on what may be stored by a cache; these may be
1595        imposed by either the origin server or the user agent.</t>
1597     <t>Modifications of the basic expiration mechanism; these may be
1598        imposed by either the origin server or the user agent.</t>
1600     <t>Controls over cache revalidation and reload; these may only be
1601        imposed by a user agent.</t>
1603     <t>Control over transformation of entities.</t>
1605     <t>Extensions to the caching system.</t>
1606  </list>
1609<section title="What is Cacheable" anchor="">
1611   By default, a response is cacheable if the requirements of the
1612   request method, request header fields, and the response status
1613   indicate that it is cacheable. <xref target="response.cacheability"/> summarizes these defaults
1614   for cacheability. The following Cache-Control response directives
1615   allow an origin server to override the default cacheability of a
1616   response:
1619  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="public" primary="true"/>
1620  <iref item="public" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1621   public
1622  <list><t>
1623      Indicates that the response &MAY; be cached by any cache, even if it
1624      would normally be non-cacheable or cacheable only within a non-shared
1625      cache. (See also Authorization, &header-authorization;, for
1626      additional details.)
1627  </t></list>
1630  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="private" primary="true"/>
1631  <iref item="private" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1632   private
1633  <list><t>
1634      Indicates that all or part of the response message is intended for
1635      a single user and &MUST-NOT; be cached by a shared cache. This
1636      allows an origin server to state that the specified parts of the
1637      response are intended for only one user and are not a valid
1638      response for requests by other users. A private (non-shared) cache
1639      &MAY; cache the response.
1640    </t><t>
1641       <x:h>Note:</x:h> This usage of the word private only controls where the
1642       response may be cached, and cannot ensure the privacy of the
1643       message content.
1644  </t></list>
1647  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="no-cache" primary="true"/>
1648  <iref item="no-cache" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1649   no-cache
1650  <list><t>
1651       If the no-cache directive does not specify a field-name, then a
1652      cache &MUST-NOT; use the response to satisfy a subsequent request
1653      without successful revalidation with the origin server. This
1654      allows an origin server to prevent caching even by caches that
1655      have been configured to return stale responses to client requests.
1656    </t><t>
1657      If the no-cache directive does specify one or more field-names,
1658      then a cache &MAY; use the response to satisfy a subsequent request,
1659      subject to any other restrictions on caching. However, the
1660      specified field-name(s) &MUST-NOT; be sent in the response to a
1661      subsequent request without successful revalidation with the origin
1662      server. This allows an origin server to prevent the re-use of
1663      certain header fields in a response, while still allowing caching
1664      of the rest of the response.
1665    <list><t>
1666       <x:h>Note:</x:h> Most HTTP/1.0 caches will not recognize or obey this
1667       directive.
1668    </t></list>
1669  </t></list>
1673<section title="What May be Stored by Caches" anchor="">
1675  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="no-store" primary="true"/>
1676  <iref item="no-store" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1677   no-store
1678  <list><t>   
1679      The purpose of the no-store directive is to prevent the
1680      inadvertent release or retention of sensitive information (for
1681      example, on backup tapes). The no-store directive applies to the
1682      entire message, and &MAY; be sent either in a response or in a
1683      request. If sent in a request, a cache &MUST-NOT; store any part of
1684      either this request or any response to it. If sent in a response,
1685      a cache &MUST-NOT; store any part of either this response or the
1686      request that elicited it. This directive applies to both non-shared
1687      and shared caches. "&MUST-NOT; store" in this context means
1688      that the cache &MUST-NOT; intentionally store the information in
1689      non-volatile storage, and &MUST; make a best-effort attempt to
1690      remove the information from volatile storage as promptly as
1691      possible after forwarding it.
1692  </t><t>
1693      Even when this directive is associated with a response, users
1694      might explicitly store such a response outside of the caching
1695      system (e.g., with a "Save As" dialog). History buffers &MAY; store
1696      such responses as part of their normal operation.
1697  </t><t>
1698      The purpose of this directive is to meet the stated requirements
1699      of certain users and service authors who are concerned about
1700      accidental releases of information via unanticipated accesses to
1701      cache data structures. While the use of this directive might
1702      improve privacy in some cases, we caution that it is NOT in any
1703      way a reliable or sufficient mechanism for ensuring privacy. In
1704      particular, malicious or compromised caches might not recognize or
1705      obey this directive, and communications networks might be
1706      vulnerable to eavesdropping.
1707  </t></list>
1711<section title="Modifications of the Basic Expiration Mechanism" anchor="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism">
1713   The expiration time of an entity &MAY; be specified by the origin
1714   server using the Expires header (see <xref target="header.expires"/>). Alternatively,
1715   it &MAY; be specified using the max-age directive in a response. When
1716   the max-age cache-control directive is present in a cached response,
1717   the response is stale if its current age is greater than the age
1718   value given (in seconds) at the time of a new request for that
1719   resource. The max-age directive on a response implies that the
1720   response is cacheable (i.e., "public") unless some other, more
1721   restrictive cache directive is also present.
1724   If a response includes both an Expires header and a max-age
1725   directive, the max-age directive overrides the Expires header, even
1726   if the Expires header is more restrictive. This rule allows an origin
1727   server to provide, for a given response, a longer expiration time to
1728   an HTTP/1.1 (or later) cache than to an HTTP/1.0 cache. This might be
1729   useful if certain HTTP/1.0 caches improperly calculate ages or
1730   expiration times, perhaps due to desynchronized clocks.
1733   Many HTTP/1.0 cache implementations will treat an Expires value that
1734   is less than or equal to the response Date value as being equivalent
1735   to the Cache-Control response directive "no-cache". If an HTTP/1.1
1736   cache receives such a response, and the response does not include a
1737   Cache-Control header field, it &SHOULD; consider the response to be
1738   non-cacheable in order to retain compatibility with HTTP/1.0 servers.
1739  <list><t>
1740       <x:h>Note:</x:h> An origin server might wish to use a relatively new HTTP
1741       cache control feature, such as the "private" directive, on a
1742       network including older caches that do not understand that
1743       feature. The origin server will need to combine the new feature
1744       with an Expires field whose value is less than or equal to the
1745       Date value. This will prevent older caches from improperly
1746       caching the response.
1747  </t></list>
1750  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="s-maxage" primary="true"/>
1751  <iref item="s-maxage" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1752   s-maxage
1753  <list><t>
1754       If a response includes an s-maxage directive, then for a shared
1755       cache (but not for a private cache), the maximum age specified by
1756       this directive overrides the maximum age specified by either the
1757       max-age directive or the Expires header. The s-maxage directive
1758       also implies the semantics of the proxy-revalidate directive (see
1759       <xref target="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls"/>), i.e., that the shared cache must not use the
1760       entry after it becomes stale to respond to a subsequent request
1761       without first revalidating it with the origin server. The s-maxage
1762       directive is always ignored by a private cache.
1763  </t></list>
1766   Note that most older caches, not compliant with this specification,
1767   do not implement any cache-control directives. An origin server
1768   wishing to use a cache-control directive that restricts, but does not
1769   prevent, caching by an HTTP/1.1-compliant cache &MAY; exploit the
1770   requirement that the max-age directive overrides the Expires header,
1771   and the fact that pre-HTTP/1.1-compliant caches do not observe the
1772   max-age directive.
1775   Other directives allow a user agent to modify the basic expiration
1776   mechanism. These directives &MAY; be specified on a request:
1779  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="max-age" primary="true"/>
1780  <iref item="max-age" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1781   max-age
1782  <list><t>
1783      Indicates that the client is willing to accept a response whose
1784      age is no greater than the specified time in seconds. Unless max-stale
1785      directive is also included, the client is not willing to
1786      accept a stale response.
1787  </t></list>
1790  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="min-fresh" primary="true"/>
1791  <iref item="min-fresh" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1792   min-fresh
1793  <list><t>
1794      Indicates that the client is willing to accept a response whose
1795      freshness lifetime is no less than its current age plus the
1796      specified time in seconds. That is, the client wants a response
1797      that will still be fresh for at least the specified number of
1798      seconds.
1799  </t></list>
1802  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="max-stale" primary="true"/>
1803  <iref item="max-stale" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1804   max-stale
1805  <list><t>
1806      Indicates that the client is willing to accept a response that has
1807      exceeded its expiration time. If max-stale is assigned a value,
1808      then the client is willing to accept a response that has exceeded
1809      its expiration time by no more than the specified number of
1810      seconds. If no value is assigned to max-stale, then the client is
1811      willing to accept a stale response of any age.
1812  </t></list>
1815   If a cache returns a stale response, either because of a max-stale
1816   directive on a request, or because the cache is configured to
1817   override the expiration time of a response, the cache &MUST; attach a
1818   Warning header to the stale response, using Warning 110 (Response is
1819   stale).
1822   A cache &MAY; be configured to return stale responses without
1823   validation, but only if this does not conflict with any "MUST"-level
1824   requirements concerning cache validation (e.g., a "must-revalidate"
1825   cache-control directive).
1828   If both the new request and the cached entry include "max-age"
1829   directives, then the lesser of the two values is used for determining
1830   the freshness of the cached entry for that request.
1834<section title="Cache Revalidation and Reload Controls" anchor="cache.revalidation.and.reload.controls">
1836   Sometimes a user agent might want or need to insist that a cache
1837   revalidate its cache entry with the origin server (and not just with
1838   the next cache along the path to the origin server), or to reload its
1839   cache entry from the origin server. End-to-end revalidation might be
1840   necessary if either the cache or the origin server has overestimated
1841   the expiration time of the cached response. End-to-end reload may be
1842   necessary if the cache entry has become corrupted for some reason.
1845   End-to-end revalidation may be requested either when the client does
1846   not have its own local cached copy, in which case we call it
1847   "unspecified end-to-end revalidation", or when the client does have a
1848   local cached copy, in which case we call it "specific end-to-end
1849   revalidation."
1852   The client can specify these three kinds of action using Cache-Control
1853   request directives:
1856   End-to-end reload
1857  <list><t>
1858      The request includes a "no-cache" cache-control directive or, for
1859      compatibility with HTTP/1.0 clients, "Pragma: no-cache". Field
1860      names &MUST-NOT; be included with the no-cache directive in a
1861      request. The server &MUST-NOT; use a cached copy when responding to
1862      such a request.
1863  </t></list>
1866   Specific end-to-end revalidation
1867  <list><t>
1868      The request includes a "max-age=0" cache-control directive, which
1869      forces each cache along the path to the origin server to
1870      revalidate its own entry, if any, with the next cache or server.
1871      The initial request includes a cache-validating conditional with
1872      the client's current validator.
1873  </t></list>
1876   Unspecified end-to-end revalidation
1877  <list><t>
1878      The request includes "max-age=0" cache-control directive, which
1879      forces each cache along the path to the origin server to
1880      revalidate its own entry, if any, with the next cache or server.
1881      The initial request does not include a cache-validating
1882      conditional; the first cache along the path (if any) that holds a
1883      cache entry for this resource includes a cache-validating
1884      conditional with its current validator.
1885  </t></list>
1888  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="max-age" primary="true"/>
1889  <iref item="max-age" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1890   max-age
1891  <list><t>
1892      When an intermediate cache is forced, by means of a max-age=0
1893      directive, to revalidate its own cache entry, and the client has
1894      supplied its own validator in the request, the supplied validator
1895      might differ from the validator currently stored with the cache
1896      entry. In this case, the cache &MAY; use either validator in making
1897      its own request without affecting semantic transparency.
1898  </t><t>
1899      However, the choice of validator might affect performance. The
1900      best approach is for the intermediate cache to use its own
1901      validator when making its request. If the server replies with 304
1902      (Not Modified), then the cache can return its now validated copy
1903      to the client with a 200 (OK) response. If the server replies with
1904      a new entity and cache validator, however, the intermediate cache
1905      can compare the returned validator with the one provided in the
1906      client's request, using the strong comparison function. If the
1907      client's validator is equal to the origin server's, then the
1908      intermediate cache simply returns 304 (Not Modified). Otherwise,
1909      it returns the new entity with a 200 (OK) response.
1910  </t><t>
1911      If a request includes the no-cache directive, it &SHOULD-NOT;
1912      include min-fresh, max-stale, or max-age.
1913  </t></list>
1916  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="only-if-cached" primary="true"/>
1917  <iref item="only-if-cached" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1918   only-if-cached
1919  <list><t>
1920      In some cases, such as times of extremely poor network
1921      connectivity, a client may want a cache to return only those
1922      responses that it currently has stored, and not to reload or
1923      revalidate with the origin server. To do this, the client may
1924      include the only-if-cached directive in a request. If it receives
1925      this directive, a cache &SHOULD; either respond using a cached entry
1926      that is consistent with the other constraints of the request, or
1927      respond with a 504 (Gateway Timeout) status. However, if a group
1928      of caches is being operated as a unified system with good internal
1929      connectivity, such a request &MAY; be forwarded within that group of
1930      caches.
1931  </t></list>
1934  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="must-revalidate" primary="true"/>
1935  <iref item="must-revalidate" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1936   must-revalidate
1937  <list><t>
1938      Because a cache &MAY; be configured to ignore a server's specified
1939      expiration time, and because a client request &MAY; include a max-stale
1940      directive (which has a similar effect), the protocol also
1941      includes a mechanism for the origin server to require revalidation
1942      of a cache entry on any subsequent use. When the must-revalidate
1943      directive is present in a response received by a cache, that cache
1944      &MUST-NOT; use the entry after it becomes stale to respond to a
1945      subsequent request without first revalidating it with the origin
1946      server. (I.e., the cache &MUST; do an end-to-end revalidation every
1947      time, if, based solely on the origin server's Expires or max-age
1948      value, the cached response is stale.)
1949  </t><t>
1950      The must-revalidate directive is necessary to support reliable
1951      operation for certain protocol features. In all circumstances an
1952      HTTP/1.1 cache &MUST; obey the must-revalidate directive; in
1953      particular, if the cache cannot reach the origin server for any
1954      reason, it &MUST; generate a 504 (Gateway Timeout) response.
1955  </t><t>
1956      Servers &SHOULD; send the must-revalidate directive if and only if
1957      failure to revalidate a request on the entity could result in
1958      incorrect operation, such as a silently unexecuted financial
1959      transaction. Recipients &MUST-NOT; take any automated action that
1960      violates this directive, and &MUST-NOT; automatically provide an
1961      unvalidated copy of the entity if revalidation fails.
1962  </t><t>
1963      Although this is not recommended, user agents operating under
1964      severe connectivity constraints &MAY; violate this directive but, if
1965      so, &MUST; explicitly warn the user that an unvalidated response has
1966      been provided. The warning &MUST; be provided on each unvalidated
1967      access, and &SHOULD; require explicit user confirmation.
1968  </t></list>
1971  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="proxy-revalidate" primary="true"/>
1972  <iref item="proxy-revalidate" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1973   proxy-revalidate
1974  <list><t>
1975      The proxy-revalidate directive has the same meaning as the must-revalidate
1976      directive, except that it does not apply to non-shared
1977      user agent caches. It can be used on a response to an
1978      authenticated request to permit the user's cache to store and
1979      later return the response without needing to revalidate it (since
1980      it has already been authenticated once by that user), while still
1981      requiring proxies that service many users to revalidate each time
1982      (in order to make sure that each user has been authenticated).
1983      Note that such authenticated responses also need the public cache
1984      control directive in order to allow them to be cached at all.
1985  </t></list>
1989<section title="No-Transform Directive" anchor="no-transform.directive">
1991  <iref item="Cache Directives" subitem="no-transform" primary="true"/>
1992  <iref item="no-transform" subitem="Cache Directive" primary="true"/>
1993   no-transform
1994  <list><t>
1995      Implementors of intermediate caches (proxies) have found it useful
1996      to convert the media type of certain entity bodies. A non-transparent
1997      proxy might, for example, convert between image
1998      formats in order to save cache space or to reduce the amount of
1999      traffic on a slow link.
2000  </t><t>
2001      Serious operational problems occur, however, when these
2002      transformations are applied to entity bodies intended for certain
2003      kinds of applications. For example, applications for medical
2004      imaging, scientific data analysis and those using end-to-end
2005      authentication, all depend on receiving an entity body that is bit
2006      for bit identical to the original entity-body.
2007  </t><t>
2008      Therefore, if a message includes the no-transform directive, an
2009      intermediate cache or proxy &MUST-NOT; change those headers that are
2010      listed in <xref target="non-modifiable.headers"/> as being subject to the no-transform
2011      directive. This implies that the cache or proxy &MUST-NOT; change
2012      any aspect of the entity-body that is specified by these headers,
2013      including the value of the entity-body itself.
2014  </t></list>
2018<section title="Cache Control Extensions" anchor="cache.control.extensions">
2020   The Cache-Control header field can be extended through the use of one
2021   or more cache-extension tokens, each with an optional assigned value.
2022   Informational extensions (those which do not require a change in
2023   cache behavior) &MAY; be added without changing the semantics of other
2024   directives. Behavioral extensions are designed to work by acting as
2025   modifiers to the existing base of cache directives. Both the new
2026   directive and the standard directive are supplied, such that
2027   applications which do not understand the new directive will default
2028   to the behavior specified by the standard directive, and those that
2029   understand the new directive will recognize it as modifying the
2030   requirements associated with the standard directive. In this way,
2031   extensions to the cache-control directives can be made without
2032   requiring changes to the base protocol.
2035   This extension mechanism depends on an HTTP cache obeying all of the
2036   cache-control directives defined for its native HTTP-version, obeying
2037   certain extensions, and ignoring all directives that it does not
2038   understand.
2041   For example, consider a hypothetical new response directive called
2042   community which acts as a modifier to the private directive. We
2043   define this new directive to mean that, in addition to any non-shared
2044   cache, any cache which is shared only by members of the community
2045   named within its value may cache the response. An origin server
2046   wishing to allow the UCI community to use an otherwise private
2047   response in their shared cache(s) could do so by including
2049<figure><artwork type="example">
2050    Cache-Control: private, community="UCI"
2053   A cache seeing this header field will act correctly even if the cache
2054   does not understand the community cache-extension, since it will also
2055   see and understand the private directive and thus default to the safe
2056   behavior.
2059   Unrecognized cache-directives &MUST; be ignored; it is assumed that any
2060   cache-directive likely to be unrecognized by an HTTP/1.1 cache will
2061   be combined with standard directives (or the response's default
2062   cacheability) such that the cache behavior will remain minimally
2063   correct even if the cache does not understand the extension(s).
2068<section title="Expires" anchor="header.expires">
2069  <iref primary="true" item="Expires header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2070  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Expires" x:for-anchor=""/>
2072   The Expires entity-header field gives the date/time after which the
2073   response is considered stale. A stale cache entry may not normally be
2074   returned by a cache (either a proxy cache or a user agent cache)
2075   unless it is first validated with the origin server (or with an
2076   intermediate cache that has a fresh copy of the entity). See <xref target="expiration.model"/>
2077   for further discussion of the expiration model.
2080   The presence of an Expires field does not imply that the original
2081   resource will change or cease to exist at, before, or after that
2082   time.
2085   The format is an absolute date and time as defined by HTTP-date in
2086   &full-date;; it &MUST; be sent in rfc1123-date format.
2088<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Expires"/>
2089  Expires = "Expires" ":" HTTP-date
2092   An example of its use is
2094<figure><artwork type="example">
2095   Expires: Thu, 01 Dec 1994 16:00:00 GMT
2098  <list><t>
2099      <x:h>Note:</x:h> if a response includes a Cache-Control field with the max-age
2100      directive (see <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>), that directive overrides the
2101      Expires field.
2102  </t></list>
2105   HTTP/1.1 clients and caches &MUST; treat other invalid date formats,
2106   especially including the value "0", as in the past (i.e., "already
2107   expired").
2110   To mark a response as "already expired," an origin server sends an
2111   Expires date that is equal to the Date header value. (See the rules
2112   for expiration calculations in <xref target="expiration.calculations"/>.)
2115   To mark a response as "never expires," an origin server sends an
2116   Expires date approximately one year from the time the response is
2117   sent. HTTP/1.1 servers &SHOULD-NOT;  send Expires dates more than one
2118   year in the future.
2121   The presence of an Expires header field with a date value of some
2122   time in the future on a response that otherwise would by default be
2123   non-cacheable indicates that the response is cacheable, unless
2124   indicated otherwise by a Cache-Control header field (<xref target="header.cache-control"/>).
2128<section title="Pragma" anchor="header.pragma">
2129  <iref primary="true" item="Pragma header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2130  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Pragma" x:for-anchor=""/>
2132   The Pragma general-header field is used to include implementation-specific
2133   directives that might apply to any recipient along the
2134   request/response chain. All pragma directives specify optional
2135   behavior from the viewpoint of the protocol; however, some systems
2136   &MAY; require that behavior be consistent with the directives.
2138<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Pragma"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="pragma-directive"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="extension-pragma"/>
2139  Pragma            = "Pragma" ":" 1#pragma-directive
2140  pragma-directive  = "no-cache" | extension-pragma
2141  extension-pragma  = token [ "=" ( token | quoted-string ) ]
2144   When the no-cache directive is present in a request message, an
2145   application &SHOULD; forward the request toward the origin server even
2146   if it has a cached copy of what is being requested. This pragma
2147   directive has the same semantics as the no-cache cache-directive (see
2148   <xref target="header.cache-control"/>) and is defined here for backward compatibility with
2149   HTTP/1.0. Clients &SHOULD; include both header fields when a no-cache
2150   request is sent to a server not known to be HTTP/1.1 compliant.
2153   Pragma directives &MUST; be passed through by a proxy or gateway
2154   application, regardless of their significance to that application,
2155   since the directives might be applicable to all recipients along the
2156   request/response chain. It is not possible to specify a pragma for a
2157   specific recipient; however, any pragma directive not relevant to a
2158   recipient &SHOULD; be ignored by that recipient.
2161   HTTP/1.1 caches &SHOULD; treat "Pragma: no-cache" as if the client had
2162   sent "Cache-Control: no-cache". No new Pragma directives will be
2163   defined in HTTP.
2164  <list><t>
2165      <x:h>Note:</x:h> because the meaning of "Pragma: no-cache" as a
2166      response-header field is not actually specified, it does not provide a
2167      reliable replacement for "Cache-Control: no-cache" in a response.
2168  </t></list>
2172<section title="Vary" anchor="header.vary">
2173  <iref primary="true" item="Vary header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2174  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Vary" x:for-anchor=""/>
2176   The Vary field value indicates the set of request-header fields that
2177   fully determines, while the response is fresh, whether a cache is
2178   permitted to use the response to reply to a subsequent request
2179   without revalidation. For uncacheable or stale responses, the Vary
2180   field value advises the user agent about the criteria that were used
2181   to select the representation. A Vary field value of "*" implies that
2182   a cache cannot determine from the request headers of a subsequent
2183   request whether this response is the appropriate representation. See
2184   <xref target="caching.negotiated.responses"/> for use of the Vary header field by caches.
2186<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Vary"/>
2187  Vary  = "Vary" ":" ( "*" | 1#field-name )
2190   An HTTP/1.1 server &SHOULD; include a Vary header field with any
2191   cacheable response that is subject to server-driven negotiation.
2192   Doing so allows a cache to properly interpret future requests on that
2193   resource and informs the user agent about the presence of negotiation
2194   on that resource. A server &MAY; include a Vary header field with a
2195   non-cacheable response that is subject to server-driven negotiation,
2196   since this might provide the user agent with useful information about
2197   the dimensions over which the response varies at the time of the
2198   response.
2201   A Vary field value consisting of a list of field-names signals that
2202   the representation selected for the response is based on a selection
2203   algorithm which considers ONLY the listed request-header field values
2204   in selecting the most appropriate representation. A cache &MAY; assume
2205   that the same selection will be made for future requests with the
2206   same values for the listed field names, for the duration of time for
2207   which the response is fresh.
2210   The field-names given are not limited to the set of standard
2211   request-header fields defined by this specification. Field names are
2212   case-insensitive.
2215   A Vary field value of "*" signals that unspecified parameters not
2216   limited to the request-headers (e.g., the network address of the
2217   client), play a role in the selection of the response representation.
2218   The "*" value &MUST-NOT; be generated by a proxy server; it may only be
2219   generated by an origin server.
2223<section title="Warning" anchor="header.warning">
2224  <iref primary="true" item="Warning header" x:for-anchor=""/>
2225  <iref primary="true" item="Headers" subitem="Warning" x:for-anchor=""/>
2227   The Warning general-header field is used to carry additional
2228   information about the status or transformation of a message which
2229   might not be reflected in the message. This information is typically
2230   used to warn about a possible lack of semantic transparency from
2231   caching operations or transformations applied to the entity body of
2232   the message.
2235   Warning headers are sent with responses using:
2237<figure><artwork type="abnf2616"><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="Warning"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="warning-value"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="warn-code"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="warn-agent"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="warn-text"/><iref primary="true" item="Grammar" subitem="warn-date"/>
2238  Warning    = "Warning" ":" 1#warning-value
2240  warning-value = warn-code SP warn-agent SP warn-text
2241                                        [SP warn-date]
2243  warn-code  = 3DIGIT
2244  warn-agent = ( uri-host [ ":" port ] ) | pseudonym
2245                  ; the name or pseudonym of the server adding
2246                  ; the Warning header, for use in debugging
2247  warn-text  = quoted-string
2248  warn-date  = DQUOTE HTTP-date DQUOTE
2251   A response &MAY; carry more than one Warning header.
2254   The warn-text &SHOULD; be in a natural language and character set that
2255   is most likely to be intelligible to the human user receiving the
2256   response. This decision &MAY; be based on any available knowledge, such
2257   as the location of the cache or user, the Accept-Language field in a
2258   request, the Content-Language field in a response, etc. The default
2259   language is English and the default character set is ISO-8859-1 (<xref target="ISO-8859-1"/>).
2262   If a character set other than ISO-8859-1 is used, it &MUST; be encoded
2263   in the warn-text using the method described in <xref target="RFC2047"/>.
2266   Warning headers can in general be applied to any message, however
2267   some specific warn-codes are specific to caches and can only be
2268   applied to response messages. New Warning headers &SHOULD; be added
2269   after any existing Warning headers. A cache &MUST-NOT; delete any
2270   Warning header that it received with a message. However, if a cache
2271   successfully validates a cache entry, it &SHOULD; remove any Warning
2272   headers previously attached to that entry except as specified for
2273   specific Warning codes. It &MUST; then add any Warning headers received
2274   in the validating response. In other words, Warning headers are those
2275   that would be attached to the most recent relevant response.
2278   When multiple Warning headers are attached to a response, the user
2279   agent ought to inform the user of as many of them as possible, in the
2280   order that they appear in the response. If it is not possible to
2281   inform the user of all of the warnings, the user agent &SHOULD; follow
2282   these heuristics:
2283  <list style="symbols">
2284    <t>Warnings that appear early in the response take priority over
2285        those appearing later in the response.</t>
2287    <t>Warnings in the user's preferred character set take priority
2288        over warnings in other character sets but with identical warn-codes
2289        and warn-agents.</t>
2290  </list>
2293   Systems that generate multiple Warning headers &SHOULD; order them with
2294   this user agent behavior in mind.
2297   Requirements for the behavior of caches with respect to Warnings are
2298   stated in <xref target="warnings"/>.
2301   This is a list of the currently-defined warn-codes, each with a
2302   recommended warn-text in English, and a description of its meaning.
2305   110 Response is stale
2306  <list><t>
2307     &MUST; be included whenever the returned response is stale.
2308  </t></list>
2311   111 Revalidation failed
2312  <list><t>
2313     &MUST; be included if a cache returns a stale response because an
2314     attempt to revalidate the response failed, due to an inability to
2315     reach the server.
2316  </t></list>
2319   112 Disconnected operation
2320  <list><t>
2321     &SHOULD; be included if the cache is intentionally disconnected from
2322     the rest of the network for a period of time.
2323  </t></list>
2326   113 Heuristic expiration
2327  <list><t>
2328     &MUST; be included if the cache heuristically chose a freshness
2329     lifetime greater than 24 hours and the response's age is greater
2330     than 24 hours.
2331  </t></list>
2334   199 Miscellaneous warning
2335  <list><t>
2336     The warning text &MAY; include arbitrary information to be presented
2337     to a human user, or logged. A system receiving this warning &MUST-NOT;
2338     take any automated action, besides presenting the warning to
2339     the user.
2340  </t></list>
2343   214 Transformation applied
2344  <list><t>
2345     &MUST; be added by an intermediate cache or proxy if it applies any
2346     transformation changing the content-coding (as specified in the
2347     Content-Encoding header) or media-type (as specified in the
2348     Content-Type header) of the response, or the entity-body of the
2349     response, unless this Warning code already appears in the response.
2350  </t></list>
2353   299 Miscellaneous persistent warning
2354  <list><t>
2355     The warning text &MAY; include arbitrary information to be presented
2356     to a human user, or logged. A system receiving this warning &MUST-NOT;
2357     take any automated action.
2358  </t></list>
2361   If an implementation sends a message with one or more Warning headers
2362   whose version is HTTP/1.0 or lower, then the sender &MUST; include in
2363   each warning-value a warn-date that matches the date in the response.
2366   If an implementation receives a message with a warning-value that
2367   includes a warn-date, and that warn-date is different from the Date
2368   value in the response, then that warning-value &MUST; be deleted from
2369   the message before storing, forwarding, or using it. (This prevents
2370   bad consequences of naive caching of Warning header fields.) If all
2371   of the warning-values are deleted for this reason, the Warning header
2372   &MUST; be deleted as well.
2378<section title="IANA Considerations" anchor="IANA.considerations">
2380   <cref>TBD.</cref>
2384<section title="Security Considerations" anchor="security.considerations">
2386   Caching proxies provide additional potential vulnerabilities, since
2387   the contents of the cache represent an attractive target for
2388   malicious exploitation. Because cache contents persist after an HTTP
2389   request is complete, an attack on the cache can reveal information
2390   long after a user believes that the information has been removed from
2391   the network. Therefore, cache contents should be protected as
2392   sensitive information.
2396<section title="Acknowledgments" anchor="ack">
2398   Much of the content and presentation of the caching design is due to
2399   suggestions and comments from individuals including: Shel Kaphan,
2400   Paul Leach, Koen Holtman, David Morris, and Larry Masinter.
2406<references title="Normative References">
2408<reference anchor="ISO-8859-1">
2409  <front>
2410    <title>
2411     Information technology -- 8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets -- Part 1: Latin alphabet No. 1
2412    </title>
2413    <author>
2414      <organization>International Organization for Standardization</organization>
2415    </author>
2416    <date year="1998"/>
2417  </front>
2418  <seriesInfo name="ISO/IEC" value="8859-1:1998"/>
2421<reference anchor="Part1">
2422  <front>
2423    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 1: URIs, Connections, and Message Parsing</title>
2424    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
2425      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
2426      <address><email></email></address>
2427    </author>
2428    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
2429      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
2430      <address><email></email></address>
2431    </author>
2432    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
2433      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
2434      <address><email></email></address>
2435    </author>
2436    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
2437      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2438      <address><email></email></address>
2439    </author>
2440    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
2441      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
2442      <address><email></email></address>
2443    </author>
2444    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
2445      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2446      <address><email></email></address>
2447    </author>
2448    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
2449      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2450      <address><email></email></address>
2451    </author>
2452    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
2453      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2454      <address><email></email></address>
2455    </author>
2456    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
2457      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
2458      <address><email></email></address>
2459    </author>
2460    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
2461  </front>
2462  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging-&ID-VERSION;"/>
2463  <x:source href="p1-messaging.xml" basename="p1-messaging"/>
2466<reference anchor="Part2">
2467  <front>
2468    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 2: Message Semantics</title>
2469    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
2470      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
2471      <address><email></email></address>
2472    </author>
2473    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
2474      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
2475      <address><email></email></address>
2476    </author>
2477    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
2478      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
2479      <address><email></email></address>
2480    </author>
2481    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
2482      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2483      <address><email></email></address>
2484    </author>
2485    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
2486      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
2487      <address><email></email></address>
2488    </author>
2489    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
2490      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2491      <address><email></email></address>
2492    </author>
2493    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
2494      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2495      <address><email></email></address>
2496    </author>
2497    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
2498      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2499      <address><email></email></address>
2500    </author>
2501    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
2502      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
2503      <address><email></email></address>
2504    </author>
2505    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
2506  </front>
2507  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-&ID-VERSION;"/>
2508  <x:source href="p2-semantics.xml" basename="p2-semantics"/>
2511<reference anchor="Part3">
2512  <front>
2513    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 3: Message Payload and Content Negotiation</title>
2514    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
2515      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
2516      <address><email></email></address>
2517    </author>
2518    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
2519      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
2520      <address><email></email></address>
2521    </author>
2522    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
2523      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
2524      <address><email></email></address>
2525    </author>
2526    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
2527      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2528      <address><email></email></address>
2529    </author>
2530    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
2531      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
2532      <address><email></email></address>
2533    </author>
2534    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
2535      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2536      <address><email></email></address>
2537    </author>
2538    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
2539      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2540      <address><email></email></address>
2541    </author>
2542    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
2543      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2544      <address><email></email></address>
2545    </author>
2546    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
2547      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
2548      <address><email></email></address>
2549    </author>
2550    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
2551  </front>
2552  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p3-payload-&ID-VERSION;"/>
2553  <x:source href="p3-payload.xml" basename="p3-payload"/>
2556<reference anchor="Part4">
2557  <front>
2558    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 4: Conditional Requests</title>
2559    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
2560      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
2561      <address><email></email></address>
2562    </author>
2563    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
2564      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
2565      <address><email></email></address>
2566    </author>
2567    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
2568      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
2569      <address><email></email></address>
2570    </author>
2571    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
2572      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2573      <address><email></email></address>
2574    </author>
2575    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
2576      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
2577      <address><email></email></address>
2578    </author>
2579    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
2580      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2581      <address><email></email></address>
2582    </author>
2583    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
2584      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2585      <address><email></email></address>
2586    </author>
2587    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
2588      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2589      <address><email></email></address>
2590    </author>
2591    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
2592      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
2593      <address><email></email></address>
2594    </author>
2595    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
2596  </front>
2597  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p4-conditional-&ID-VERSION;"/>
2598  <x:source href="p4-conditional.xml" basename="p4-conditional"/>
2601<reference anchor="Part5">
2602  <front>
2603    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 5: Range Requests and Partial Responses</title>
2604    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
2605      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
2606      <address><email></email></address>
2607    </author>
2608    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
2609      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
2610      <address><email></email></address>
2611    </author>
2612    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
2613      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
2614      <address><email></email></address>
2615    </author>
2616    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
2617      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2618      <address><email></email></address>
2619    </author>
2620    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
2621      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
2622      <address><email></email></address>
2623    </author>
2624    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
2625      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2626      <address><email></email></address>
2627    </author>
2628    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
2629      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2630      <address><email></email></address>
2631    </author>
2632    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
2633      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2634      <address><email></email></address>
2635    </author>
2636    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
2637      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
2638      <address><email></email></address>
2639    </author>
2640    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
2641  </front>
2642  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p5-range-&ID-VERSION;"/>
2643  <x:source href="p5-range.xml" basename="p5-range"/>
2646<reference anchor="Part7">
2647  <front>
2648    <title abbrev="HTTP/1.1">HTTP/1.1, part 7: Authentication</title>
2649    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="Roy T. Fielding" role="editor">
2650      <organization abbrev="Day Software">Day Software</organization>
2651      <address><email></email></address>
2652    </author>
2653    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="Jim Gettys">
2654      <organization>One Laptop per Child</organization>
2655      <address><email></email></address>
2656    </author>
2657    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="Jeffrey C. Mogul">
2658      <organization abbrev="HP">Hewlett-Packard Company</organization>
2659      <address><email></email></address>
2660    </author>
2661    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="Henrik Frystyk Nielsen">
2662      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2663      <address><email></email></address>
2664    </author>
2665    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="Larry Masinter">
2666      <organization abbrev="Adobe Systems">Adobe Systems, Incorporated</organization>
2667      <address><email></email></address>
2668    </author>
2669    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="Paul J. Leach">
2670      <organization abbrev="Microsoft">Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2671      <address><email></email></address>
2672    </author>
2673    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="Tim Berners-Lee">
2674      <organization abbrev="W3C/MIT">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2675      <address><email></email></address>
2676    </author>
2677    <author initials="Y." surname="Lafon" fullname="Yves Lafon" role="editor">
2678      <organization abbrev="W3C">World Wide Web Consortium</organization>
2679      <address><email></email></address>
2680    </author>
2681    <author initials="J. F." surname="Reschke" fullname="Julian F. Reschke" role="editor">
2682      <organization abbrev="greenbytes">greenbytes GmbH</organization>
2683      <address><email></email></address>
2684    </author>
2685    <date month="&ID-MONTH;" year="&ID-YEAR;"/>
2686  </front>
2687  <seriesInfo name="Internet-Draft" value="draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth-&ID-VERSION;"/>
2688  <x:source href="p7-auth.xml" basename="p7-auth"/>
2691<reference anchor="RFC2047">
2692  <front>
2693    <title abbrev="Message Header Extensions">MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Three: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text</title>
2694    <author initials="K." surname="Moore" fullname="Keith Moore">
2695      <organization>University of Tennessee</organization>
2696      <address><email></email></address>
2697    </author>
2698    <date month="November" year="1996"/>
2699  </front>
2700  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2047"/>
2703<reference anchor="RFC2119">
2704  <front>
2705    <title>Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels</title>
2706    <author initials="S." surname="Bradner" fullname="Scott Bradner">
2707      <organization>Harvard University</organization>
2708      <address><email></email></address>
2709    </author>
2710    <date month="March" year="1997"/>
2711  </front>
2712  <seriesInfo name="BCP" value="14"/>
2713  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2119"/>
2718<references title="Informative References">
2720<reference anchor="RFC1305">
2721  <front>
2722    <title>Network Time Protocol (Version 3) Specification, Implementation</title>
2723    <author initials="D." surname="Mills" fullname="David L. Mills">
2724      <organization>University of Delaware, Electrical Engineering Department</organization>
2725      <address><email></email></address>
2726    </author>
2727    <date month="March" year="1992"/>
2728  </front>
2729  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="1305"/>
2732<reference anchor="RFC2616">
2733  <front>
2734    <title>Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1</title>
2735    <author initials="R." surname="Fielding" fullname="R. Fielding">
2736      <organization>University of California, Irvine</organization>
2737      <address><email></email></address>
2738    </author>
2739    <author initials="J." surname="Gettys" fullname="J. Gettys">
2740      <organization>W3C</organization>
2741      <address><email></email></address>
2742    </author>
2743    <author initials="J." surname="Mogul" fullname="J. Mogul">
2744      <organization>Compaq Computer Corporation</organization>
2745      <address><email></email></address>
2746    </author>
2747    <author initials="H." surname="Frystyk" fullname="H. Frystyk">
2748      <organization>MIT Laboratory for Computer Science</organization>
2749      <address><email></email></address>
2750    </author>
2751    <author initials="L." surname="Masinter" fullname="L. Masinter">
2752      <organization>Xerox Corporation</organization>
2753      <address><email></email></address>
2754    </author>
2755    <author initials="P." surname="Leach" fullname="P. Leach">
2756      <organization>Microsoft Corporation</organization>
2757      <address><email></email></address>
2758    </author>
2759    <author initials="T." surname="Berners-Lee" fullname="T. Berners-Lee">
2760      <organization>W3C</organization>
2761      <address><email></email></address>
2762    </author>
2763    <date month="June" year="1999"/>
2764  </front>
2765  <seriesInfo name="RFC" value="2616"/>
2770<section title="Compatibility with Previous Versions" anchor="compatibility">
2772<section title="Changes from RFC 2068" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2068">
2774   A case was missed in the Cache-Control model of HTTP/1.1; s-maxage
2775   was introduced to add this missing case. (Sections <xref target="response.cacheability" format="counter"/>,
2776   <xref target="header.cache-control" format="counter"/>,
2777   <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism" format="counter"/>)
2780   Transfer-coding and message lengths all interact in ways that
2781   required fixing exactly when chunked encoding is used (to allow for
2782   transfer encoding that may not be self delimiting); it was important
2783   to straighten out exactly how message lengths are computed.
2784   (<xref target="non-modifiable.headers"/>,
2785   see also <xref target="Part1"/>, <xref target="Part3"/> and <xref target="Part5"/>)
2788   Proxies should be able to add Content-Length when appropriate.
2789   (<xref target="non-modifiable.headers"/>)
2792   Range request responses would become very verbose if all meta-data
2793   were always returned; by allowing the server to only send needed
2794   headers in a 206 response, this problem can be avoided.
2795   (<xref target="combining.headers"/>)
2798   The Cache-Control: max-age directive was not properly defined for
2799   responses. (<xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism"/>)
2802   Warnings could be cached incorrectly, or not updated appropriately.
2803   (Section <xref target="warnings" format="counter"/>, <xref target="expiration.calculations" format="counter"/>, <xref target="non-modifiable.headers" format="counter"/>,
2804   <xref target="combining.headers" format="counter"/>, <xref target="modifications.of.the.basic.expiration.mechanism" format="counter"/>,
2805   and <xref target="header.warning" format="counter"/>) Warning
2806   also needed to be a general header, as PUT or other methods may have
2807   need for it in requests.
2811<section title="Changes from RFC 2616" anchor="changes.from.rfc.2616">
2813  Clarify denial of service attack avoidance requirement.
2814  (<xref target="invalidation.after.updates.or.deletions"/>)
2820<section title="Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)">
2822<section title="Since RFC2616">
2824  Extracted relevant partitions from <xref target="RFC2616"/>.
2828<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-00">
2830  Closed issues:
2831  <list style="symbols">
2832    <t>
2833      <eref target=""/>:
2834      "Trailer"
2835      (<eref target=""/>)
2836    </t>
2837    <t>
2838      <eref target=""/>:
2839      "Invalidation after Update or Delete"
2840      (<eref target=""/>)
2841    </t>
2842    <t>
2843      <eref target=""/>:
2844      "Normative and Informative references"
2845    </t>
2846    <t>
2847      <eref target=""/>:
2848      "Date reference typo"
2849    </t>
2850    <t>
2851      <eref target=""/>:
2852      "Connection header text"
2853    </t>
2854    <t>
2855      <eref target=""/>:
2856      "Informative references"
2857    </t>
2858    <t>
2859      <eref target=""/>:
2860      "ISO-8859-1 Reference"
2861    </t>
2862    <t>
2863      <eref target=""/>:
2864      "Normative up-to-date references"
2865    </t>
2866    <t>
2867      <eref target=""/>:
2868      "typo in 13.2.2"
2869    </t>
2870  </list>
2873  Other changes:
2874  <list style="symbols">
2875    <t>
2876      Use names of RFC4234 core rules DQUOTE and HTAB (work in progress on <eref target=""/>)
2877    </t>
2878  </list>
2882<section title="Since draft-ietf-httpbis-p6-cache-01">
2884  Closed issues:
2885  <list style="symbols">
2886    <t>
2887      <eref target=""/>:
2888      "rel_path not used"
2889    </t>
2890  </list>
2893  Other changes:
2894  <list style="symbols">
2895    <t>
2896       Get rid of duplicate BNF rule names ("host" -> "uri-host")
2897       (work in progress on <eref target=""/>)
2898    </t>
2899    <t>
2900      Add explicit references to BNF syntax and rules imported from other parts of the specification.
2901    </t>
2902  </list>
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