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HTTP (Concluded WG)
Art Area: Francesca Palombini, Murray Kucherawy | 2007-Oct-23 —  

2007-10-23 charter

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Bis (httpbis)


 Current Status: Active Working Group

     Mark Nottingham  <mnot@pobox.com>

 Applications Area Director(s):
     Chris Newman  <chris.newman@sun.com>
     Lisa Dusseault  <lisa@osafoundation.org>

 Applications Area Advisor:
     Lisa Dusseault  <lisa@osafoundation.org>

 Mailing Lists:
     General Discussion:ietf-http-wg@w3.org
     To Subscribe:      http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-http-wg/

Description of Working Group:

HTTP is one of the most successful and widely-used protocols on the
Internet today. However, its specification has several editorial
issues. Additionally, after years of implementation and extension,
several ambiguities have become evident, impairing interoperability
and the ability to easily implement and use HTTP.

The working group will refine RFC2616 to:
* Incorporate errata and updates (e.g., references, IANA registries,
* Fix editorial problems which have led to misunderstandings of the
* 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
* Document the security properties of HTTP and its associated
echanisms (e.g., Basic and Digest authentication, cookies, TLS) for
common applications

In doing so, it should consider:
* Implementer experience
* Demonstrated use of HTTP
* Impact on existing implementations and deployments

The Working Group must not introduce a new version of HTTP and should
not add new functionality to HTTP. The WG is not tasked with producing
new methods, headers, or extension mechanisms, but may introduce new
protocol elements if necessary as part of revising existing
functionality which has proven to be problematic

The Working Group's specification deliverables are:
* A document that is suitable to supersede RFC 2616
* A document cataloguing the security properties of HTTP

All charter page changes, including changes to draft-list, rfc-list and milestones:

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