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Feb 26, 2000, 16:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Boutin)

"Internet standards are pivotal to making the Net work. But there's a huge gap between Internet software engineers, who would never confuse RFC 821 with RFC 822, and the rest of us, who aren't necessarily even sure what "RFC" stands for."

"An RFC is a "Request For Comments" from the Internet Engineering Task Force, or IETF. The IETF is an international organization founded in 1986 as (in its own words) "a loosely self-organized group of people who make technical and other contributions to the engineering and evolution of the Internet and its technologies." IETF membership is open to anyone who participates."

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