Bruce, this ought to be enough to get you started. ;)
The World Wide Web is the universe of network-accessible information. The World Wide Web Consortium exists to realize the full potential of the Web.
W3C works with the global community to produce specifications and reference software. W3C is funded by industrial members but its products are freely available to all. The Consortium is run by MIT LCS and by INRIA, in collaboration with CERN where the web originated. Please see the list of members to learn about individual members and visit their World Wide Web sites.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the protocol engineering and development arm of the Internet. The IETF is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual.
The Common Gateway Interface, or CGI, is a standard for external gateway programs to interface with information servers such as HTTP servers. The current version is CGI/1.1.
Request for Comments (RFC) is a series of notes covering a broad range of topics. The core topics are the Internet and the TCP/IP protocol suite. For easier browsing, the index of all the Internet RFC documents is organized as follows: