HTTPbis Working GroupJ. Reschke
Intended status: InformationalNovember 17, 2013
Expires: May 21, 2014

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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Editorial Note (To be removed by RFC Editor)

Discussion of this draft takes place on the HTTPBIS working group mailing list (, which is archived at <>.

The current issues list is at <> and related documents (including fancy diffs) can be found at <>.

The changes in this draft are summarized in Appendix A.1.

1. Introduction

This document registers those Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods which have been defined in standards-track RFCs other than [draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics] before the IANA HTTP Method Registry was established.

2. Security Considerations

There are no security considerations related to the registration itself.

3. IANA Considerations

The table below provides registrations of HTTP method names to be added to the IANA HTTP Method registry at <> (see Section 8.1 of [draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics]).

Method NameSafeIdempotentReference
ACLnoyes[RFC3744], Section 8.1
BASELINE-CONTROLnoyes[RFC3253], Section 12.6
BINDnoyes[RFC5842], Section 4
CHECKINnoyes[RFC3253], Section 4.4 and [RFC3253], Section 9.4
CHECKOUTnoyes[RFC3253], Section 4.3 and [RFC3253], Section 8.8
COPYnoyes[RFC4918], Section 9.8
LABELnoyes[RFC3253], Section 8.2
LINKnoyes[RFC2068], Section
LOCKnono[RFC4918], Section 9.10
MERGEnoyes[RFC3253], Section 11.2
MKACTIVITYnoyes[RFC3253], Section 13.5
MKCALENDARnoyes[RFC4791], Section 5.3.1
MKCOLnoyes[RFC4918], Section 9.3
MKREDIRECTREFnoyes[RFC4437], Section 6
MKWORKSPACEnoyes[RFC3253], Section 6.3
MOVEnoyes[RFC4918], Section 9.9
ORDERPATCHnoyes[RFC3648], Section 7
PATCHnono[RFC5789], Section 2
PROPFINDyesyes[RFC4918], Section 9.1
PROPPATCHnoyes[RFC4918], Section 9.2
REBINDnoyes[RFC5842], Section 6
REPORTyesyes[RFC3253], Section 3.6
SEARCHyesyes[RFC5323], Section 2
UNBINDnoyes[RFC5842], Section 5
UNCHECKOUTnoyes[RFC3253], Section 4.5
UNLINKnoyes[RFC2068], Section
UNLOCKnoyes[RFC4918], Section 9.11
UPDATEnoyes[RFC3253], Section 7.1
UPDATEREDIRECTREFnoyes[RFC4437], Section 7
VERSION-CONTROLnoyes[RFC3253], Section 3.5

4. Normative References

Fielding, R., Ed. and J. Reschke, Ed., “Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content”, Internet-Draft draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-25 (work in progress), November 2013.
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. Change Log (to be removed by RFC Editor before publication)

Changes up to the IETF Last Call draft are summarized in <>.

A.1. Since draft-ietf-httpbis-method-registrations-13

Closed issues:

Clarified the IANA action to say "add".

Updated httpbis reference.

Author's Address

Julian F. Reschke
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