HTTPbis Working Group J. Reschke
Internet-Draft greenbytes
Intended status: Informational September 25, 2013
Expires: March 29, 2014

Initial Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Method Registrations


This document registers those Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods which have been defined in standards-track RFCs before the IANA HTTP Method Registry was established.

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The changes in this draft are summarized in Appendix B.13.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

This document registers those Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods which have been defined in standards-track RFCs other than [draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics] before the IANA HTTP Method Registry was established.

2. Security Considerations

There are no security considerations related to the registration itself.

3. IANA Considerations

Appendix A provides initial registrations of HTTP method names for the IANA HTTP Method registry at <> (see Section 8.1 of [draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics]).

4. Normative References

[RFC2068] Fielding, R., Gettys, J., Mogul, J., Nielsen, H., and T. Berners-Lee, “Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1”, RFC 2068, January 1997.
[RFC3253] Clemm, G., Amsden, J., Ellison, T., Kaler, C., and J. Whitehead, “Versioning Extensions to WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning)”, RFC 3253, March 2002.
[RFC3648] Whitehead, J. and J. Reschke, Ed., “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Ordered Collections Protocol”, RFC 3648, December 2003.
[RFC3744] Clemm, G., Reschke, J., Sedlar, E., and J. Whitehead, “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Access Control Protocol”, RFC 3744, May 2004.
[RFC4437] Whitehead, J., Clemm, G., and J. Reschke, Ed., “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Redirect Reference Resources”, RFC 4437, March 2006.
[RFC4791] Daboo, C., Desruisseaux, B., and L. Dusseault, “Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV (CalDAV)”, RFC 4791, March 2007.
[RFC4918] Dusseault, L., Ed., “HTTP Extensions for Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)”, RFC 4918, June 2007.
[RFC5323] Reschke, J., Ed., Reddy, S., Davis, J., and A. Babich, “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) SEARCH”, RFC 5323, November 2008.
[RFC5789] Dusseault, L. and J. Snell, “PATCH Method for HTTP”, RFC 5789, March 2010.
[RFC5842] Clemm, G., Crawford, J., Reschke, J., Ed., and J. Whitehead, “Binding Extensions to Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)”, RFC 5842, April 2010.
[draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics] Fielding, R., Ed. and J. Reschke, Ed., “Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content”, Internet-Draft draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-24 (work in progress), September 2013.

Author's Address

Julian F. Reschke
greenbytes GmbH
Hafenweg 16
Muenster, NW 48155

A. Initial Registry Contents

Method Name Safe Idempotent Reference
ACL no yes [RFC3744], Section 8.1
BASELINE-CONTROL no yes [RFC3253], Section 12.6
BIND no yes [RFC5842], Section 4
CHECKIN no yes [RFC3253], Section 4.4 and [RFC3253], Section 9.4
CHECKOUT no yes [RFC3253], Section 4.3 and [RFC3253], Section 8.8
COPY no yes [RFC4918], Section 9.8
LABEL no yes [RFC3253], Section 8.2
LINK no yes [RFC2068], Section
LOCK no no [RFC4918], Section 9.10
MERGE no yes [RFC3253], Section 11.2
MKACTIVITY no yes [RFC3253], Section 13.5
MKCALENDAR no yes [RFC4791], Section 5.3.1
MKCOL no yes [RFC4918], Section 9.3
MKREDIRECTREF no yes [RFC4437], Section 6
MKWORKSPACE no yes [RFC3253], Section 6.3
MOVE no yes [RFC4918], Section 9.9
ORDERPATCH no yes [RFC3648], Section 7
PATCH no no [RFC5789], Section 2
PROPFIND yes yes [RFC4918], Section 9.1
PROPPATCH no yes [RFC4918], Section 9.2
REBIND no yes [RFC5842], Section 6
REPORT yes yes [RFC3253], Section 3.6
SEARCH yes yes [RFC5323], Section 2
UNBIND no yes [RFC5842], Section 5
UNCHECKOUT no yes [RFC3253], Section 4.5
UNLINK no yes [RFC2068], Section
UNLOCK no yes [RFC4918], Section 9.11
UPDATE no yes [RFC3253], Section 7.1
UPDATEREDIRECTREF no yes [RFC4437], Section 7
VERSION-CONTROL no yes [RFC3253], Section 3.5

B. Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)

B.1 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-00

Added SEARCH method (RFC 5323).

B.2 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-01

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.3 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-02

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference. PATCH is now defined in draft-dusseault-http-patch. BIND, UNBIND and REBIND are defined in draft-ietf-webdav-bind. Drop the "updates draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics" clause.

B.4 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-03

draft-dusseault-http-patch was published as RFC 5789. draft-ietf-webdav-bind was published as RFC 5842. Fix typo in MKACTIVITY entry. Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference. Fix change log section titles.

B.5 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-04

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.6 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-05

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.7 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-06

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.8 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-07

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.9 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-08

Added itempotency information. Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.10 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-09

Closed issues:

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.11 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-10

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.12 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-11

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.13 Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-12

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.