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Re: referring to the HTTP spec

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:12:46 -0700
Cc: ietf-http-wg@w3.org, Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetil@kjernsmo.net>
Message-Id: <E9701F76-F4DB-4BC2-B1F5-6F3FA07E85C4@gbiv.com>
To: Ruben Verborgh <ruben.verborgh@ugent.be>
On Jul 22, 2014, at 12:58 PM, Ruben Verborgh wrote:

> Dear all,
> On the Hydra mailing list, the topic of "referring to the HTTP spec" came up [1].
> What is the best way to refer to "HTTP 1.1 as a whole"
> as a normative reference in a technical document,
> given that the specification now consists of multiple RFCs?

It depends on why you are referencing it.  HTTP as a general concept
would just be a link to the first document (RFC7230) as described in


since it includes the others by reference.

If the reference is a normative dependency, then I would reference each
RFC that is a dependency.  Likewise, I would reference all of the documents
if the intent is to have the reader look at all of them.

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