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(HyperText Transfer Protocol) The Web's communication standard, referenced in the http:// that appears at the beginning of every web page address (an extra 's' on the end, as in https:// denotes the secure, encrypted form). Stabilized at HTTP/1.1, it defines the universal mechanism for exchanging application-level messages between Web devices. All web services run over HTTP.

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HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol
Official W3C overview page for the HTTP standard


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