Internet Printing Protocol

The transport layer consists of an HTTP/1.1 request or response. RFC 2616 describes HTTP/1.1. This document specifies the HTTP headers that an IPP implementation supports.

The operation layer consists of a message body in an HTTP request or response.  The document "Internet Printing Protocol/1.1: Model and Semantics" [RFC2911] defines the semantics of such a message body and the supported values. This document specifies the encoding of an IPP operation. The aforementioned document [RFC2911] is henceforth referred to as the "IPP model document" or simply "model document".

The operation layer has been designed with the assumption that the transport layer contains the following information:

  •       the URI of the target job or printer operation
  •       the total length of the data in the operation layer, either as a single length or as a sequence of chunks each with a length.

It is REQUIRED that a printer implementation support HTTP over the IANA assigned Well Known Port 631 (the IPP default port), though a printer implementation may support HTTP over some other port as well.

Each HTTP operation MUST use the POST method where the request-URI is the object target of the operation, and where the "Content-Type" of the message-body in each request and response MUST be "application/ipp". The message-body MUST contain the operation layer and MUST have the syntax described in section 3.2 "Syntax of Encoding". A client implementation MUST adhere to the rules for a client described for HTTP1.1 [RFC2616].  A printer implementation MUST adhere the rules for an origin server described for HTTP1.1 

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