Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content
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HTTPbis Working Group                                   R. Fielding, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                     Adobe
Obsoletes: 2616 (if approved)                            J. Reschke, Ed.
Updates: 2817 (if approved)                                   greenbytes
Intended status: Standards Track                       November 17, 2013
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     Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content
                   draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-25

Abstract

   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level
   protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypertext information
   systems.  This document defines the semantics of HTTP/1.1 messages,
   as expressed by request methods, request header fields, response
   status codes, and response header fields, along with the payload of
   messages (metadata and body content) and mechanisms for content
   negotiation.

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   The changes in this draft are summarized in Appendix E.2.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     1.1.  Conformance and Error Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     1.2.  Syntax Notation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   2.  Resources  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   3.  Representations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.1.  Representation Metadata  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       3.1.1.  Processing Representation Data . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       3.1.2.  Encoding for Compression or Integrity  . . . . . . . . 11
       3.1.3.  Audience Language  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       3.1.4.  Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     3.2.  Representation Data  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.3.  Payload Semantics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.4.  Content Negotiation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
       3.4.1.  Proactive Negotiation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
       3.4.2.  Reactive Negotiation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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