BiDirectional or Server-Initiated HTTP (hybi)
|Name||BiDirectional or Server-Initiated HTTP|
|Area||Applications Area (app)|
Charter for Working Group
The BiDirectional or Server-Initiated HTTP (HyBi) working group
defines the WebSocket Protocol, a technology for bidirectional
communication between an HTTP client and an HTTP server that
provides greater efficiency than previous approaches (e.g., use
of hanging requests or long polling).
Having completed work on the core protocol (RFC 6455), the group
continues to define extensions for use by WebSocket
implementations. The following extensions and optimizations are
currently in scope:
1. A per-frame compression extension to improve bandwidth
usage (draft-tyoshino-hybi-websocket-perframe-deflate is a
likely starting point).
2. A multiplexing extension to improve the scalability of the
WebSocket protocol (draft-tamplin-hybi-google-mux is a likely
3. Timeout-handling capabilities to reduce the chattiness of the
protocol (draft-thomson-hybi-http-timeout is a likely starting
The working group will also serve as a discussion venue for
subprotocols. However, no subprotocol is currently chartered as a
deliverable, and the WG must be rechartered to work on any
The group will not work on an updated version of the WebSocket
protocol, unless it is specifically rechartered to do so.
The group will continue coordinating with the W3C WepApps working
group with respect to the above deliverables and to ensure the best
match possible between the WebSocket protocol and the WebSocket API.
The group will also continue coordinating with other working groups
within the IETF (e.g., HTTPBIS) as appropriate.
|Dec 2013||Send timeout handling to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard|
|Nov 2013||Issue WG last call on timeout handling|
|May 2013||Send multiplexing extension to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard|
|Apr 2013||Issue WG last call on the multiplexing extension|
|Mar 2013||Adopt a WG item for timeout handling|
|Nov 2012||Send per-frame compression extension to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard|
|Done||Adopt a WG for the multiplexing extension|
|Done||Issue WG last call on the per-frame compression extension|
|Done||Adopt a WG item for the per-frame compression extension|