Monday, January 23, 2012

HTTP-WG Proposal to tackle HTTP/2.0

Huzzah to Mark Nottingham, chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group. He proposes rechartering the group to "specify (sic) HTTP/2.0 an improved binding of HTTP's semantics to the underlying transport."

That's welcome news - the scalability, efficiency, and robustness issues with HTTP/1 are severe problems that deserve attention in an open standards body forum. The HTTP-WG is the right place.

SPDY will certainly be offered as an input to that process and in my opinion it touches on the right answers. But whatever the outcome it is great to see momentum around open standardization of solutions to the transport problems HTTP/1 suffers from.