HTTPbis Working GroupJ. Reschke
Intended status: InformationalJune 2014
Expires: December 2014

Initial Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Method Registrations


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

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1. Introduction

This document registers those Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) methods that have been defined in RFCs other than [RFC7231] before the IANA HTTP Method Registry was established.

2. Security Considerations

There are no security considerations related to the registration itself.

Security considerations applicable to the individual HTTP methods ought to be discussed in the specifications that define them.

3. IANA Considerations

The table below provides registrations of HTTP method names that have been added to the IANA "Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Method Registry" at <> (see Section 8.1 of [RFC7231]).

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., 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.
Fielding, R., Ed. and J. Reschke, Ed., “Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP/1.1): Semantics and Content”, Internet-Draft draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-26 (work in progress), February 2014.

Author's Address

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