The IETF often, but not always, standardise things after the event. For example Bonjour is in RFC 3927 to quote one of your examples. Ajax is not a network protocol, which is what the IETF is about. They do take care of a number of underlying standards though which Ajax relies on.
They are also continuing to refine IPv6 which I think most people will agree is necessary and also they are working on new protocols such as DCCP (RFC 4330) which aims to do a better job than UDP in many areas.
Yes they can be out of touch but so can kernel developers. I think we need to work to bridge the gaps (I'm contributing to both).
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