Standards Links

Probably the easiest information to get on the Internet is information about the Internet itself. This page lists the addresses of key standards bodies.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The W3C is the single most important standards body for the Web. Their site is the first place to look when you need an RFC, report, recommendation, or documentation.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The IETF manages and tracks many of the fundamental protocols on the Internet. Anyone can participate in the workgroups that shape the future of the Internet. This site is a good repository of RFCs.
Internet Assigned Name Authority (IANA)
The IANA site is as exciting as it name suggests. (If you find it hard to sleep, download some documents at random for bedtime reading.)
This is the home page for the InterNIC, the people responsible for maintaining domain name registrations.
US Domain Name Service
This site is the place to be if you want to register a .us domain name yourself. (It’s easier to go through a service provider.)

Related Pages

Several Web and data modeling standards are available on the Download Standards page.

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