Http is an acronym for HyperText Transfer Protocol.
Hypertext is the HTML content that makes up web pages.
Transfer refers to the transfer of information between your web browser and web servers where HTML content is stored.
Protocol refers to the specific rules and techniques used by browsers to request that a document be fetched and how it is to be transmitted in return.
While the term http refers specifically to hypertext documents, in reality the protocol can be used for any type of file download.« Back to Glossary Index