Building Protocols with HTTP

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (httpbis WG)
Author Mark Nottingham 
Last updated 2020-05-04 (latest revision 2019-11-01)
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Intended RFC status Best Current Practice
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HTTP is often used as a substrate for other application protocols (a.k.a. HTTP-based APIs). This document specifies best practices for writing specifications that use HTTP to define new application protocols, especially when they are defined for diverse implementation and broad deployment (e.g., in standards efforts).


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