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Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content (RFC7231) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237191D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jun-08

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

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].

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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.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Fielding & Reschke           Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 7231             HTTP/1.1 Semantics and Content            June 2014

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