Decomposing the Hypertext Transfer Protocol

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Author Mike Bishop 
Last updated 2016-03-04 (latest revision 2015-09-01)
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The Hypertext Transfer Protocol in its various versions combines concepts of both an application and transport-layer protocol. As this group contemplates employing alternate transport protocols underneath HTTP, this document attempts to delineate the boundaries between these functions to define a shared vocabulary in discussing the revision and/or replacement of one or more of these components.


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