The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a group that produced standards in many fields and industries.

The mission statement;

IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

The vision statement;

IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

The IEEE is engaged in an enterprise-wide strategic planning process. A summary of the long-range strategic plan, termed the IEEE Envisioned Future, details the main elements of the plan.

One of  these IEEE committees is the 802, these deal with LAN and MAN (the reason for mention in my blog). A number of working groups exist under 802, some of which I am sure you will recognise and other not so much (table below). The reason I bring this body up is to understand how a technology/feature works it is of great benefit to read the standard that its based on (be that IEEE or RFC’s), and of course half the battle is to locate the standards. Once you truly understand the subject you can better understand reasons for vendors interpretation and implementation (including’enhancements’).