Re: holding connections open: a modest proposal

Gary Adams - Sun Microsystems Labs BOS (
Thu, 15 Sep 1994 17:00:14 +0200

One of the highlights from WWW'94 was the roadmap for HTML
which nailed down some common terminology for specific browser

HTML 1.0 Original RFC
HTML 2.0 Current practice as of 5/94 to
be specified and endorsed by IETF
standard by end of 1994.(?)
HTML 3.0 Place holder for HTML+ features and
various proposed new elements.

I wonder if a similar roadmap exists for changes in the
HTTP protocol :

HTTP 0.9 in the beginning
HTTP 1.0 Original RFC (?)

HTTP 1.1 Proxy/cache extensions If-modified-since,
Pragma no-cache (Pragma keep-connection?)

HTTP 1.2 MGET and multipart MIME responses

HTTP 2.0 Sessions?

It would be good to have a list of proposed changes in the protocol and
a rough idea of the timeframe and process for introducing these changes
into the mainstream. I haven't visted the W3O pages recently, but that
is probably the right place for tracking this type of information.

Gary R. Adams Email: Gary.Adams@East.Sun.COM
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