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> May 1983 [footnote] Fwiw, RFC 2616, for HTTP, was published the same month, so at least some people were doing actual work in those days.

RFC 2616 was published in June 1999.

I don't know what Sir Tim was doing in May 1983, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't writing an RFC for a protocol that he wouldn't invent for six more years.

https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2616.txt




The first actual RFC on HTTP was RFC 1945[1] from 1996. However, HTTP had been in use on the Web for a couple of years already when it was published.

[1] https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1945


Sixteen, even.




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