HTTP header page template

Note: Remove this whole explanatory note before publishing

Page front matter:

The frontmatter at the top of the page is used to define "page metadata". The values should be updated appropriately for the particular header.

title: NameOfTheHeader
slug: Web/HTTP/Headers/NameOfTheHeader
  - NameOfTheHeader
  - HTTP
  - HTTP Header
  - Request header
  - Response header
  - Reference
  - Experimental
  - Deprecated

Title heading displayed at top of page. Format as NameOfTheHeader. For example, the Cache-Control header has a title of Cache-Control.


The end of the URL path after This will be formatted like Web/HTTP/Headers/NameOfTheHeader. For example, the Cache-Control slug is Web/HTTP/Headers/Cache-Control.


Always include the following tags: HTTP, Reference, HTTP Header, NameOfTheHeader (e.g. Cache-Control).

Include the following tags as appropriate:

  • Type of request/response: Response header, Request header, Representation header, Payload header, Client hint
  • Header status: Experimental (if the technology is experimental), Deprecated (if it is deprecated).
  • Any other tags that represent terms people might search for related to the technology. For example the Cache-Control header includes the tag Caching.

Replace the placeholder value with the query string for the header in the Browser compat data repo. The toolchain automatically uses the key to populate the compatibility section (replacing the {{Compat}} macro).

Note that you may first need to create/update an entry for the HTTP header in our Browser compat data repo, and the entry for the header will need to include specification information. See our guide on how to do this.

Top-of-page macros

A number of macro calls appear at the top of the content section (immediately below the page frontmatter). You should update or delete them according to the advice below:

  • {{SeeCompatTable}} — this generates a This is an experimental technology banner that indicates the header is experimental). If the header you are documenting is not experimental, you can remove this. If it is experimental, and the technology is hidden behind a pref in Firefox, you should also fill in an entry for it in the Experimental features in Firefox page.
  • {{deprecated_header}} — this generates a Deprecated banner that indicates that use of the header is discouraged. If it isn't, then you can remove the macro call.
  • {{httpsidebar}} — this generates the HTTP sidebar that must appear on every HTTP reference page. Remember to remove the {{MDNSidebar}} macro when you copy this page.

Remember to remove this whole explanatory note before publishing

Experimental: This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

Deprecated: This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The summary paragraph — start by naming the http header and saying what it does. This should ideally be 1 or 2 short sentences.

Header type Include header category (or categories), e.g. Request header, Response header, Client hint
Forbidden header name yes or no
CORS-safelisted response header yes or no


Fill in a syntax box, like the one below, according to the guidance in our syntax sections article. If the header has a lot of available directives, feel free to include multiple syntax boxes, subsections and explanations as appropriate.

NameOfTheHeader: <directive1>
NameOfTheHeader: <directive1>, <directive2>, …

The directives are case-insensitive and have an optional argument, that can use both token and quoted-string syntax. Multiple directives are comma-separated (delete information as appropriate).



Include a brief description of the directive and what it does here. Include one term and definition for each directive.



If the header has a lot of available directives, feel free to include multiple definition lists, subsections and explanations as appropriate.


Fill in a some examples that show common use cases of the HTTP header (for example, a typical request and response sequence).

my HTTP header example

And/or include a list of links to useful code samples that live elsewhere:

  • x
  • y
  • z


No specification found

No specification data found for
Check for problems with this page or contribute a missing spec_url to mdn/browser-compat-data. Also make sure the specification is included in w3c/browser-specs.

Browser compatibility

No compatibility data found for
Check for problems with this page or contribute missing data to mdn/browser-compat-data.

See also

  • Include list of
  • other links related to
  • this header that might
  • be useful