The Applications area is the part of the IETF that is supposed to deal
with applications; that is, things that are not security (part of the
security area), nor networks (most of the other areas), but rather
things that use the networks and security services to provide things of
benefit to the end-user.
Things that have to do with how things operate are often left to the
Operations and Management area; things that have to do with
multicasting and interactive multimedia are in the Transport area;
things that have to do with defining how people would like things done
usually gravitate towards the User Services area; and most efforts that
involve privacy or security are handled in the Security area. A few
activities that would fall into these categories are jointly managed
between Applications and those other areas.
Not even all things that are left are best done in the Apps area of
the IETF; however, things that work on the Internet and need to specify
open protocols have tended to gravitate towards the IETF, and thence to
the Applications area.
Many procedures mention contacting the Area Directors. Both of them
are people with full-time day jobs in addition to their IETF work, and
an extremely heavy E-mail load. Therefore, don't be surprised if you
don't get a reply back within a few hours!
Good guidelines for contacting us include:
If you don't get an answer within 3-5 working days, try again; we might
have started thinking about your E-mail and forgotten to reply, or
might have forwarded it to someone else and forgotten to CC you.
Anyway, the two of us are: