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Re: Rechartering HTTPbis

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:02:15 +1100
Cc: James Snell <jasnell@gmail.com>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <5B4CB489-D2EC-4096-AC49-172A9514BECC@mnot.net>
To: "William A. Rowe Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>

On 24/01/2012, at 4:01 PM, William A. Rowe Jr. wrote:

> On 1/23/2012 10:50 PM, James Snell wrote:
>> The charter should make it absolutely
>> clear that the goal is an incremental evolution of HTTP/1.1 rather
>> than an opportunity for radical changes.
> 
> Does it make sense, then, to designate this as an HTTP/1.2 exploration,
> as opposed to an outright HTTP/2.0 refactoring?  Somewhere during the
> process, if there were a clear mandate to abandon some aspect[s] of the
> HTTP/1.1 spec, then the project could recharter itself to HTTP/2.0 with
> that narrow, well defined purpose in doing so.


1.2 would require on-the-wire backwards compatibility with 1.x, which is too constraining. What we really want is *semantic* (not syntactic) compatibility with HTTP as deployed today.

Cheers,

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