Hypertext Transfer Protocol (httpbis)

WG Name Hypertext Transfer Protocol
Acronym httpbis
Area Applications and Real-Time Area (art)
State Active
Charter charter-ietf-httpbis-08 Approved
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Additional URLs
- HTTP/2 home page
- HTTP working group home page
Personnel Chairs Mark Nottingham
Patrick McManus
Tommy Pauly
Area Director Alexey Melnikov
Tech Advisor Allison Mankin
Mailing list Address ietf-http-wg@w3.org
To subscribe ietf-http-wg-request@w3.org
Archive http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-http-wg/
Jabber chat Room address xmpp:httpbis@jabber.ietf.org?join
Logs https://jabber.ietf.org/logs/httpbis/

Charter for Working Group

This Working Group is charged with maintaining and developing the "core" specifications for HTTP, and generic extensions to it (i.e., those that are not specific to one application).

Its current work items are:

# HTTP/1.1 Revision

After the revision of the core HTTP document set in the RFC723x series, the Working Group published HTTP/2, which defines an alternative mapping of HTTP's semantics to TCP, and introduced new capabilities, like Server Push.

Additionally, several ambiguities, interoperability issues and errata have been identified since their publication.

The Working Group will revise the "core" HTTP document set (RFC 7230-RFC 7235) to:

* Incorporate errata

* Address ambiguities

* Fix editorial problems which have led to misunderstandings of the specification

* Clarify conformance requirements

* Remove known ambiguities where they affect interoperability

* Clarify existing methods of extensibility

* Remove or deprecate those features that are not widely implemented and also unduly affect interoperability

* Where necessary, add implementation advice

In doing so, it should consider:

* Implementer experience

* Demonstrated use of HTTP

* Impact on existing implementations and deployments

# HTTP and QUIC

Upon request from the QUIC Working Group, the HTTPBIS Working Group will review the QUIC Working Group's documents regarding the use of HTTP over the transport protocol they define, providing feedback and collaborating where necessary.

Once the QUIC Working Group publishes the expression of HTTP semantics in QUIC (HTTP/3), the HTTPBIS Working Group will maintain and develop extensions for HTTP/3 as necessary. This includes ancillary specifications (e.g. QPACK).

# Other HTTP-Related Work

The Working Group may define extensions and other documents related to HTTP as work items, provided that:

* They are generic; i.e., not specific to one application using HTTP. Note that Web browsing by definition is a generic use.

* The Working Group Chairs judge that there is consensus to take on the item and believe that it will not interfere with the work described above, and

* The Area Director approves the addition and add corresponding milestones.

Milestones

Date Milestone
May 2016 Submit the Key HTTP Response Header Field for consideration as a Proposed Standard
draft-ietf-httpbis-key