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Re: [Bug-wget] RFC 2616 is dead

From: Daniel Stenberg
Subject: Re: [Bug-wget] RFC 2616 is dead
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:47:53 +0200 (CEST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (DEB 1167 2008-08-23)

On Mon, 9 Jun 2014, Darshit Shah wrote:

However, what do you think about its adoption? Will the server softwares be updated to support the new specifications anytime soon?

I think the reverse is actually more true!

RFC7230 and friends (as a collection) is the revised version of RFC2616 much based on what clients and servers actually do today in the wild. The emphasis has been to remove ambiguities, to clarify confusing text and to adapt to how the protocol is actually used.

Things no longer permitted should be very rarely used (things like header line continuation).

I don't think anyone expects any particular major changes in any software due to these new specs, but they will greatly help clarify how the protocol was always intended to work. And new implementers will have much better specs that will lead them down much fewer dangerous footpaths along steep mountain sides.


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