B.1. An HTTP interaction

A simple example of an HTTP interaction might go as follows:

1. A browser makes a TCP/IP connection over the Internet to a server's TCP/IP Port 80 and transmits an HTTP request message containing:

  • An HTTP request method is a command sent to the HTTP server, such as GET MainPage.vxml HTTP/1.0. (See Table B-3 for a list of all HTTP request methods.)

  • An optional HTTP request header contains information about the browser so the server can customize its response.

  • An optional HTTP entity body contains information collected by the browser to be posted up to the server. This information is typically consumed by a Web application.

2. The server reads this message, then transmits an HTTP response containing:

  • A status line indicates ...

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