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absolute URI clarification

From: Richard Gray <rlgray@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 10:24:21 -0500
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <5040300010707145000002L052*@MHS>
I am having some problems in finding appropriate documentation on how the HTTP
1.1 MUST requirement for absolute URI is implemented when using secure sockets
layer (SSL).

The question is what I should expect as an origin server in the absolute URL.

The href in the HTML document the origin server sends to the browser would
typically have an https://hostname/path coded to indicate to the browser to use
SSL, but what is the absolute URL that the origin server would receive in this
case?

Is it:
...... http://hostname/path

or :
..... https://hostname/path

If the href were coded as http://hostname:443/path, it would be unambiguous.

If it is https that would be received, then I  hope we can add such a comment
to the HTTP RFC, or else clarify that in the URL replacement RFC.

Thank You,
Richard Gray
Received on Tuesday, 6 January 1998 07:27:52 EST

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