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From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@akamai.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 20:03:41 -0800
To: David Fallside/Santa Teresa/IBM <fallside@us.ibm.com>
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <20001117200336.A1135@akamai.com>

One more point of data-

The Abstract of RFC2616 begins with:
  The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application-level protocol
  for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. It is a
  generic, stateless, protocol which can be used for many tasks beyond its  
  use for hypertext, such as name servers and distributed object management
  systems, through extension of its request methods, error codes and headers
  [47]. A feature of HTTP is the typing and negotiation of data
  representation, allowing systems to be built independently of the data
  being transferred.

I'm not sure if a BCP can directly contradict a standards-track document
like this or not, but it's interesting to see this here.

On Thu, Nov 09, 2000 at 11:55:50AM -0800, David Fallside/Santa Teresa/IBM wrote:
> The XP working group is chartered to use HTTP as a transport mechanism. The
> IETF has concerns about the use of HTTP as a general purpose transport, and
> proposes a "Best Current Practices" whose recommendations may impact
> consideration of future use of HTTP by XP.
> This proposal warrants evaluation and a response from the XP working group,
> and discussion by the larger dist-app community.
> David Fallside
> Chair, XP Working Group
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "The IESG" <iesg-secretary@ietf.org>
> To: <IETF-Announce:>
> Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2000 8:35 AM
> Subject: Last Call: On the use of HTTP as a Substrate for Other Protocols
> to
> >
> > The IESG has received a request to consider On the use of HTTP as a
> > Substrate for Other Protocols <draft-moore-using-http-01.txt> as a
> > BCP.  This has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an
> > IETF Working Group.
> >
> > The IESG plans to make a decision in the next few weeks, and solicits
> > final comments on this action.  Please send any comments to the
> > iesg@ietf.org or ietf@ietf.org mailing lists by December 5, 2000.
> >
> > Files can be obtained via
> > http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-moore-using-http-01.txt
> >
> ............................................
> David C. Fallside, IBM
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> fallside@us.ibm.com

Mark Nottingham, Research Scientist
Akamai Technologies (San Mateo, CA)
Received on Friday, 17 November 2000 22:05:10 UTC

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