The IETF is an important Internet standards body. IETF
is a short name for "Internet Engineering Task Force". The IETF is responsible for the
creation of RFCs. Unlike other, formal standards bodies it is loosely organized. There
is no specific membership to the IETF, anyone (knowledgable) can become an IETF
member just by paritipating on the IETF discussion mailing lists.
The IETF itself provides a good overview over itself at