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HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)

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The World Wide Web is built on top of the Internet and uses the Internet protocol suite. HTTP is the client/server application-level protocol specifically designed to support hypermedia information systems. Web browsers use HTTP to connect with Web servers and access information on those servers. The protocol sets up a connection between Web browser and Web server, and then manages the exchange of information.

This topic continues in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications" with a discussion of the following:

  • HTTP developments and versions since HTTP was first developed in 1990
  • HTTP connection process
  • HTTP request/response, messaging passing scheme
  • HTTP secure connections
  • S-HTTP (Secure HTTP) protocol
  • Use of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security)
  • Discussion of RFCs associated with HTTP
  • HTTP developments
  • Java, ActiveX, etc.
  • HTTP extension framework
  • HTTP state menagement
  • Hypertext caching protocol
  • URN (Uniform Resource Name) and Handle System
  • HTTP Extensions for Distributed Authoring-WEBDAV

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