Re: Identifying our deliverables

Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu> Tue, 30 October 2018 05:21 UTC

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From: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
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Subject: Re: Identifying our deliverables
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On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 11:30:55AM +1100, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> To address this, I'd like to suggest that -- after coordination with the HTTP
> WG -- we rename our the HTTP document to "HTTP/3", and using the final ALPN
> token "h3". Doing so clearly identifies it as another binding of HTTP
> semantics to the wire protocol -- just as HTTP/2 did -- so people understand
> its separation from QUIC.

FWIW I always thought that HTTP/3 should be its final naming -- just like SPDY
became HTTP/2 -- for various reasons, one of them being encouraging adoption
by the protocol being presented as the natural upgrade to the previous ones
and not a competitor that's been there for some time and suddenly comes as
an RFC.

H1 with 723x, then H2 with 754x have shown that it's not a problem to cover
multiple areas with a common name and that the protocol itself is in fact a
family of protocols and mechanisms. So QPACK will naturally fall under H3
just like HPACK naturally belongs to H2.

Just my two cents,
Willy