Lecture and masterclass by CSS pioneers Bert Bos and Håkon Wium Lie

CSS pioneers Dr. Bert Bos, from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), who is based in France, and Dr. Håkon Wium Lie from YesLogic, will give a unique lecture and a masterclass at CWI on Thursday 15 June 2017. They will talk about 'A walk-through of CSS Grid' and 'CSS in print'. Everybody interested in the current state and future of the CSS web standard for web design and print is cordially invited. Please save the date! Abstracts can be found below.

The lecture and the masterclass will be given in English. Date: Thursday 15 June, 14.00-17.00h. Location: Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Science Park 123, 1098 XG Amsterdam. General admission fee: 100 euro. Admission for Members of W3C, members of ISOC.nl, students, unemployed people and the press: 1 euro. As there is limited space available, please register soon. We hope to see you on 15 June!


Lecture Dr. Bert Bos: 'A walk-through of CSS Grid'


Bert Bos (W3C) The technologies powering the world wide web are not just about presenting stories, videos and images these days - because of its universal availability the web has become the 'de facto' software platform for many applications. At the same time, people expect to be able to use these applications across all kinds of devices - from point of sale screens in stores to mobile phones. Software has its own complex user interaction requirements and interface logic, and in order to meet the needs of users people have invented many ways to 'fix' the gap between the document oriented nature of many web technologies and software design. Enter CSS Grid: a major new step within W3C, a standard that allows adaptive layouts to be created. No longer are you stuck with having to trust complex third-party frameworks to do this task. CSS Grid natively offers solutions for creating user interfaces in a standardised way. CSS co-inventor Dr. Bert Bos (W3C) will explain how the technology works, and why you would want to use it to design user interfaces with web technologies that work.

About Bert Bos: Bert Bos studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he also got his PhD, on a thesis about Graphical User Interfaces. Together with Håkon Wium Lie he invented CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and, in 1995, he joined W3C to further develop and standardize CSS. He created the Internationalization activity of W3C and was also involved in developing Web technologies such as HTML, XML and MathML. Today he is still Activity Lead for both the Style and Math Activities in W3C, but also works on other topics, such as, most recently, Web Security. Bert is based at ERCIM, the European host of W3C, in Sophia-Antipolis in the south of France.

Lecture Dr. Håkon Wium Lie: 'CSS in print'


Haakon Wium Lie As high density screen technology continues to advance, publishing and Web technologies have increasingly converged. A testimony to that effect is the fact that in February 2017 the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) merged. As the differences between paper books on the one hand and ebooks and web publications like digital magazines, journals and even web apps are rapidly disappearing, web technologies are quickly obsoleting some traditional pre-production solutions in print. Through CSS a consistent look and feel across media is possible without reduplication of effort across technologies. The fact that many print solutions these days are compliant with the famous CSS Acid tests is a testimony to that statement. CSS co-inventor Dr. Håkon Wium Lie formatted his first book with HTML and CSS over a decade ago. As former CTO of Opera and current Director of YesLogic Pty Ltd, the company that produced the pioneering Prince XML tool, Lie knows what he is talking about. During his masterclass you can expect to learn why HTML and CSS are ideal for publishers, and get insight into some of the design decisions behind CSS.

About Håkon Wium Lie: Håkon Wium Lie proposed Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) while working with Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1994. Along with Bert Bos, he developed a set of ideas for web style sheets into a implementeable W3C Recommendation. As CTO of Opera Software he shepherded Opera's implementation, and he proposed the Acid2 test to ensure that all browsers complied. He is now the chairman of YesLogic, which makes the Prince CSS-to-PDF formatter. He holds a MS from the MIT Media Lab, and a PhD from the University of Oslo.

Registration is needed. The registration link is: https://onlinebetaalplatform.nl/nl/isoc-nl/kopen/pbn_472b8fb1cab4.

Both speakers will also speak during the CSS Day on 16 June, on different topics.

Questions on the 15 June programme? Ask Bureau@isoc.nl.

The lectures are organized by W3C Benelux and ISOC.nl and co-sponsored by CWI.