HTTPbis Working GroupJ. Reschke
Intended status: InformationalJuly 12, 2010
Expires: January 13, 2011

Initial Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Method Registrations


This document registers those Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods which have been defined in standards-track RFCs before the IANA HTTP Method Registry was established.

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1. Introduction

This document registers those Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods which have been defined in standards-track RFCs before the IANA HTTP Method Registry was established.

2. Security Considerations

There are no security considerations related to the registration itself.

3. IANA Considerations

Appendix A provides initial registrations of HTTP method names for the IANA HTTP Method registry at <> (see Section 2.1 of [draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics]).

4. Normative References

Fielding, R., Ed., Gettys, J., Mogul, J., Frystyk, H., Masinter, L., Leach, P., Berners-Lee, T., Lafon, Y., Ed., and J. Reschke, Ed., “HTTP/1.1, part 2: Message Semantics”, Internet-Draft draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-10 (work in progress), July 2010.
Fielding, R., Gettys, J., Mogul, J., Nielsen, H., and T. Berners-Lee, “Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1”, RFC 2068, January 1997.
Clemm, G., Amsden, J., Ellison, T., Kaler, C., and J. Whitehead, “Versioning Extensions to WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning)”, RFC 3253, March 2002.
Whitehead, J. and J. Reschke, Ed., “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Ordered Collections Protocol”, RFC 3648, December 2003.
Clemm, G., Reschke, J., Sedlar, E., and J. Whitehead, “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Access Control Protocol”, RFC 3744, May 2004.
Whitehead, J., Clemm, G., and J. Reschke, Ed., “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Redirect Reference Resources”, RFC 4437, March 2006.
Daboo, C., Desruisseaux, B., and L. Dusseault, “Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV (CalDAV)”, RFC 4791, March 2007.
Dusseault, L., Ed., “HTTP Extensions for Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)”, RFC 4918, June 2007.
Reschke, J., Ed., Reddy, S., Davis, J., and A. Babich, “Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) SEARCH”, RFC 5323, November 2008.
Dusseault, L. and J. Snell, “PATCH Method for HTTP”, RFC 5789, March 2010.
Clemm, G., Crawford, J., Reschke, J., Ed., and J. Whitehead, “Binding Extensions to Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)”, RFC 5842, April 2010.

Appendix A. Initial Registry Contents

Method NameSafeReference
ACLno[RFC3744], Section 8.1
BASELINE-CONTROLno[RFC3253], Section 12.6
BINDno[RFC5842], Section 4
CHECKINno[RFC3253], Section 4.4 and [RFC3253], Section 9.4
CHECKOUTno[RFC3253], Section 4.3 and [RFC3253], Section 8.8
COPYno[RFC4918], Section 9.8
LABELno[RFC3253], Section 8.2
LINKno[RFC2068], Section
LOCKno[RFC4918], Section 9.10
MERGEno[RFC3253], Section 11.2
MKACTIVITYno[RFC3253], Section 13.5
MKCALENDARno[RFC4791], Section 5.3.1
MKCOLno[RFC4918], Section 9.3
MKREDIRECTREFno[RFC4437], Section 6
MKWORKSPACEno[RFC3253], Section 6.3
MOVEno[RFC4918], Section 9.9
ORDERPATCHno[RFC3648], Section 7
PATCHno[RFC5789], Section 2
PROPFINDyes[RFC4918], Section 9.1
PROPPATCHno[RFC4918], Section 9.2
REBINDno[RFC5842], Section 6
REPORTyes[RFC3253], Section 3.6
SEARCHyes[RFC5323], Section 2
UNBINDno[RFC5842], Section 5
UNCHECKOUTno[RFC3253], Section 4.5
UNLINKno[RFC2068], Section
UNLOCKno[RFC4918], Section 9.11
UPDATEno[RFC3253], Section 7.1
VERSION-CONTROLno[RFC3253], Section 3.5

Appendix B. Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)

B.1. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-00

Added SEARCH method (RFC 5323).

B.2. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-01

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference.

B.3. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-02

Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference. PATCH is now defined in draft-dusseault-http-patch. BIND, UNBIND and REBIND are defined in draft-ietf-webdav-bind. Drop the "updates draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics" clause.

B.4. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-03

draft-dusseault-http-patch was published as RFC 5789. draft-ietf-webdav-bind was published as RFC 5842. Fix typo in MKACTIVITY entry. Update draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics reference. Fix change log section titles.

Author's Address

Julian F. Reschke
greenbytes GmbH
Hafenweg 16
Muenster, NW 48155