Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content (RFC7231)
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jun-08
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
R. Fielding: AUTHOR [+4]
Each Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) message is either a request or a response. A server listens on a connection for a request, parses each message received, interprets the message semantics in relation to the identified request target, and responds to that request with one or more response messages. A client constructs request messages to communicate specific intentions, examines received responses to see if the intentions were carried out, and determines how to interpret the results. This document defines HTTP/1.1 request and response semantics in terms of the architecture defined in [RFC7230].
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) R. Fielding, Ed. Request for Comments: 7231 Adobe Obsoletes: 2616 J. Reschke, Ed. Updates: 2817 greenbytes Category: Standards Track June 2014 ISSN: 2070-1721
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content
The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a stateless 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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RFC 7231 HTTP/1.1 Semantics and Content June 2014
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