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Digital Literacy How the Web Works The World Wide Web The Big Picture

Ralph Bankston
Ralph Bankston
8,631 Points

This question seems that it could be true or false: HyperText Transfer Protocol is how clients and servers talked to

This true false question seems incorrect and not what I would consider the standard communication protocol of the internet. If udp or tcp/ip were listed it seems it would be a better option.

Hello Ralph,

I noticed that as well, It is indeed false but you have to click true. I hope they solve it as soon as possible.

Friendly greetings, Mathis.

2 Answers

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
104,131 Points

I agree with you. I also don't think this statement is worded very good...

HyperText Transfer Protocol is how clients and servers talked to each other on the web.

...why talked? I would consider this false because it's in the past tense, and it's not specific enough. I would say something more like this instead...

HTTP is how clients and servers talk to each other to transfer webpages on the web.

Also HTTP works on top of TCP, which provides a reliable link between the client and the server. TCP works on top of IP, which provides unified addressing to communicate between the client and the server. If you're using HTTP then you're also using TCP/IP.

Joy Kesten
STAFF
Joy Kesten
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Thanks for the suggestion Daniel Johnson! Sorry I wasn't clear, I'll update it now :)

Mind if I use your "HTTP is how clients and servers talk to each other to transfer webpages on the web"?

As for the TCP/IP protocols, I wanted to leave a little for 'How the Internet Work' - it seemed a good way to organize the information for people.

Also, be sure to ping me (or any teacher) in the future, otherwise we won't get an notification and won't know to fix things. When you know what you are trying to say, it's hard to see something you've missed.