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my action item on issue 52 (Sort 1.3 Terminology)

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 14:29:50 +0200
Message-ID: <4672863E.70101@gmx.de>
To: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>

See <http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/1.1/rfc2616bis/issues/#i52>.

There was an open action item for me to sort the terminology section, 
and to post the outcome over here for discussion (I'll add my opinion in 
a separate mail).

After sorting by terms, Section 1.3 would look like this:

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1.3.  Terminology

    This specification uses a number of terms to refer to the roles
    played by participants in, and objects of, the HTTP communication.


       The age of a response is the time since it was sent by, or
       successfully validated with, the origin server.


       A program's local store of response messages and the subsystem
       that controls its message storage, retrieval, and deletion.  A
       cache stores cacheable responses in order to reduce the response
       time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent
       requests.  Any client or server may include a cache, though a
       cache cannot be used by a server that is acting as a tunnel.


       A response is cacheable if a cache is allowed to store a copy of
       the response message for use in answering subsequent requests.
       The rules for determining the cacheability of HTTP responses are
       defined in Section 13.  Even if a resource is cacheable, there may
       be additional constraints on whether a cache can use the cached
       copy for a particular request.


       A program that establishes connections for the purpose of sending


       A transport layer virtual circuit established between two programs
       for the purpose of communication.

    content negotiation

       The mechanism for selecting the appropriate representation when
       servicing a request, as described in Section 12.  The
       representation of entities in any response can be negotiated
       (including error responses).


       The information transferred as the payload of a request or
       response.  An entity consists of metainformation in the form of
       entity-header fields and content in the form of an entity-body, as
       described in Section 7.

    explicit expiration time

       The time at which the origin server intends that an entity should
       no longer be returned by a cache without further validation.


       A response is first-hand if it comes directly and without
       unnecessary delay from the origin server, perhaps via one or more
       proxies.  A response is also first-hand if its validity has just
       been checked directly with the origin server.


       A response is fresh if its age has not yet exceeded its freshness

    freshness lifetime

       The length of time between the generation of a response and its
       expiration time.


       A server which acts as an intermediary for some other server.
       Unlike a proxy, a gateway receives requests as if it were the
       origin server for the requested resource; the requesting client
       may not be aware that it is communicating with a gateway.

    heuristic expiration time

       An expiration time assigned by a cache when no explicit expiration
       time is available.


       Inbound and outbound refer to the request and response paths for
       messages: "inbound" means "traveling toward the origin server",
       and "outbound" means "traveling toward the user agent"


       The basic unit of HTTP communication, consisting of a structured
       sequence of octets matching the syntax defined in Section 4 and
       transmitted via the connection.

    origin server

       The server on which a given resource resides or is to be created.


       An intermediary program which acts as both a server and a client
       for the purpose of making requests on behalf of other clients.
       Requests are serviced internally or by passing them on, with
       possible translation, to other servers.  A proxy MUST implement
       both the client and server requirements of this specification.  A
       "transparent proxy" is a proxy that does not modify the request or
       response beyond what is required for proxy authentication and
       identification.  A "non-transparent proxy" is a proxy that
       modifies the request or response in order to provide some added
       service to the user agent, such as group annotation services,
       media type transformation, protocol reduction, or anonymity
       filtering.  Except where either transparent or non-transparent
       behavior is explicitly stated, the HTTP proxy requirements apply
       to both types of proxies.


       An entity included with a response that is subject to content
       negotiation, as described in Section 12.  There may exist multiple
       representations associated with a particular response status.


       An HTTP request message, as defined in Section 5.


       A network data object or service that can be identified by a URI,
       as defined in Section 3.2.  Resources may be available in multiple
       representations (e.g. multiple languages, data formats, size, and
       resolutions) or vary in other ways.


       An HTTP response message, as defined in Section 6.

    semantically transparent

       A cache behaves in a "semantically transparent" manner, with
       respect to a particular response, when its use affects neither the
       requesting client nor the origin server, except to improve
       performance.  When a cache is semantically transparent, the client
       receives exactly the same response (except for hop-by-hop headers)
       that it would have received had its request been handled directly
       by the origin server.


       An application program that accepts connections in order to
       service requests by sending back responses.  Any given program may
       be capable of being both a client and a server; our use of these
       terms refers only to the role being performed by the program for a
       particular connection, rather than to the program's capabilities
       in general.  Likewise, any server may act as an origin server,
       proxy, gateway, or tunnel, switching behavior based on the nature
       of each request.


       A response is stale if its age has passed its freshness lifetime.


       An intermediary program which is acting as a blind relay between
       two connections.  Once active, a tunnel is not considered a party
       to the HTTP communication, though the tunnel may have been
       initiated by an HTTP request.  The tunnel ceases to exist when
       both ends of the relayed connections are closed.


       Upstream and downstream describe the flow of a message: all
       messages flow from upstream to downstream.

    user agent

       The client which initiates a request.  These are often browsers,
       editors, spiders (web-traversing robots), or other end user tools.


       A protocol element (e.g., an entity tag or a Last-Modified time)
       that is used to find out whether a cache entry is an equivalent
       copy of an entity.


       A resource may have one, or more than one, representation(s)
       associated with it at any given instant.  Each of these
       representations is termed a `variant'.  Use of the term `variant'
       does not necessarily imply that the resource is subject to content

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Best regards, Julian
Received on Friday, 15 June 2007 12:30:15 UTC

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