HTTP Semantics

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Subject: Protocol Action: 'HTTP Semantics' to Proposed Standard (draft-ietf-httpbis-semantics-16.txt)

The IESG has approved the following document:
- 'HTTP Semantics'
  (draft-ietf-httpbis-semantics-16.txt) as Proposed Standard

This document is the product of the HTTP Working Group.

The IESG contact persons are Murray Kucherawy and Francesca Palombini.

A URL of this Internet Draft is:

Technical Summary

This document represents a revision and consolidation of the original RFCs produced by the HTTPbis working group, which defined HTTP in various documents published in 2014. This document encapsulates the version-independent semantics of HTTP, which is now more relevant to make clear after the advent of both HTTP/2 and HTTP/3. This document is a critical reference for the work on HTTP/3 to rely upon.

Working Group Summary & Document Quality:

The working group, led by the group of three editors, has poured a lot of time and effort into ensuring that these core documents are produced with great quality and clarity. This effort to revise the documents began in 2018, and over the past three years, the working group has spent about half of its meeting time discussing the ongoing work on these core documents. A detailed list of all issues that were discussed can be found on the GitHub repo:

While there were certainly manly points that required in-depth discussion, through WGLC, the process was guided by consensus, which was usually not rough.


Document Shepherd: Tommy Pauly
Responsible Area Director: Francesca Palombini