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The CSS Summit

Environments for Humans by, Inc.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

The CSS Summit

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Individual Ticket   more info Ended $179.00 $5.47
Meeting Room Ticket   more info Ended $479.00 $12.97

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About The CSS Summit

The Summit Series lets you build your skill set without having to leave your computer. More info about the CSS Summit is available at, or look for us on tumblr, twitter, facebook, flickr, Upcoming, and LinkedIn.

Register now for the CSS Summit to explore CSS and related topics in depth (all times Eastern):

  • 9:00 a.m. — CSS & Troubleshooting IE6 by Kimberly Blessing
  • 10:00 a.m. — Object Oriented CSS by Nicole Sullivan
  • 11:00 a.m. — CSS & Web Form Elements by Christopher Schmitt
  • 12:00 p.m. — Tomorrow’s CSS3 Today by Dave McFarland
  • 1:00 p.m. — Lunch Break
  • 2:00 p.m. — CSS & Fluid Typography by Jason Cranford-Teague
  • 3:00 p.m. — CSS & Flexible Layouts by Zoe Gillenwater
  • 4:00 p.m. — CSS & Coding Layouts by Stephanie Sullivan
  • 5:00 p.m. — CSS & the Open Web by Molly E. Holzschlag

Contact us at with questions!

Technical Specifications

Supported Platforms: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example.)

Update Flash: Adobe Flash Player Version 10 is also required. (Most browsers already have Flash installed.) Click on this link to install Flash if you need it.

Try It Out:  test your system to ensure it works with the software.

About Our Speakers

Kimberly Blessing

Currently the Senior Manager of Web Development at Comcast Interactive Media in Philadelphia, Kimberly has led Web Development teams and managed standards at both PayPal and America Online (AOL). She is a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), a grass-roots organization that advocates standards-compliance and use to browser manufacturers and developers alike.

Kimberly is also an advocate for increasing the number of women in computing and technology fields, a passion she pursues by teaching Computer Science part-time at Bryn Mawr College, her alma mater. In her free time, Kimberly attempts to maintain a blog and a life.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Zoe Mickley Gillenwater

Author of the New Riders title Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS, the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for, and has written nearly 100 articles and tutorials as a partner at the Web development training site Community MX on a variety of Web design topics.

Zoe is currently a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force and enjoys helping others learn Web standards through her work as a moderator of the popular css-discuss mailing list, editor for Adobe's CSS Advisor Web site documenting browser bugs and fixes, technical book editor, conference speaker, and consultant.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Molly E. Holzschlag

An internationally sought-after Web standards advocate, instructor, and author, Molly is the former Group Lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and an invited expert to the HTML and CSS working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As Web Evangelist for Opera Software, Molly works to educate designers and developers on using Web technologies in practical ways to create highly sustainable, maintainable, accessible, interactive and beautiful Web sites for the global community.

Molly has written over 30 books on Web Design and related topics. A popular and colorful individual, Molly has a particular passion for people, blogs, and the use of technology for social progress.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Dave McFarland

As an author, educator and Web developer, Dave has been designing and developing Web sites since 1995, when he created his first commercial Web site—an online magazine for communication professionals. He’s been the Web master at the University of California, Berkeley and oversaw a complete CSS-based redesign of

Dave's books include CSS: The Missing Manual, JavaScript: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual, and he's a regular columnist at In addition, Dave has been teaching Web design, development and programming for over 10 years. He currently teaches in the multimedia program at Portland State University.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Christopher Schmitt

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of, an image optimization service in the cloud.

She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites. Nicole speaks about performance at conferences around the world, most recently at The Ajax Experience, ParisWeb, and Web Directions North. She co-authored Even Faster Web Sites.

Online: | twitter | flickr

Stephanie Sullivan

Founder and principal of W3Conversions, Stephanie has been a web professional since 1999. A sought-after speaker, tech editor, corporate trainer, author, and coding guru, she's often called on to solve especially perplexing problems for high-profile websites. Stephanie serves as co-lead of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force, is an Adobe Community Expert, and is a partner at Community MX, a site offering over 2,900 tutorials.

A tireless advocate of web community education, she is “List Mom” for the long-running WebWeavers discussion list for professional web designers, and a moderator of the search engine marketing discussion group SEM 2.0.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Jason Cranford Teague

His first Web design went live in 1994, when Jason worked on "Computer Mediated Communications," the first online magazine. More recently, Jason has worked with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) CSS Workgroup, Yuri's Night: The World Space Party and was the Director of Web Design Standards for AOL/MediaGlow. Jason is currently a strategist and instructor, brought in to consult with and train Web professionals.

Jason's books on interactive, print, video and photographic design include the best Selling CSS, DHTML, and Ajax and Final Cut Pro and The Art of Filmmaking. His next book, Speaking in Styles, will be published in 2009.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

About Our Sessions

9:00 a.m. ET — CSS & Troubleshooting IE6

Kimberly supplied the following limerick to sum up her presentation:
"Supporting IE6 doesn't have to be a chore,
even if you think it's a bore.
Or, if you dare,
how do you teach others to care
about ending support for this tricky browser?"

10:00 a.m. ET — Object Oriented CSS

How do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? Is maintaining your blog driving you crazy? Want to layout different pages in a way that suits the content, but your code won't let you? Learn how to use Object-Oriented CSS to write fast, maintainable, standards-based front end code. OOCSS adds much needed predictability so that even beginners can participate in writing beautiful, accessible, fast websites. The session will cover design patterns and abstractions as well as the 10 most common CSS architecture mistakes. Which ones are you making?

11:00 a.m. ET — CSS & Web Form Elements

Although forms make the Web go around, they are often ugly due to the generic way in which browsers display them, not to mention irritating to our site's users when they don't work as expected. Christopher Schmitt walks through the problem CSS properties, Web form elements and points fingers at the browsers getting it wrong. Then he shows you how to make a decent form out of Band-Aids and broken browsers.

12:00 p.m. ET — Tomorrow’s CSS3 Today

CSS3, the next evolution of the Cascading Style Sheets standard, is still in development and we’re years away from seeing it finished and implemented by browsers. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start having fun today. Even though you won’t find support for rounded corners in Internet Explorer 6, a handful of CSS3 properties have widespread support among Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. In this session, David McFarland demonstrates fun and even useful CSS selectors and properties such as rgba color, text shadow, rounded corners and text-overflow, while providing strategies for handling those browsers that aren’t yet up-to-speed with the cutting edge of CSS.

1:00 p.m. ET — Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. ET — CSS & Fluid Typography

Are you tired of using the same old fonts in your Web designs? The type you use can say as much to your audience as the actual words on the page, but until now, Web designers have had an extremely limited palette of fonts from which to choose—essentially, Arial (yawn), Times (yawn), and Georgia (yawwwwwn). Design is about overcoming the limitations of a medium, and Web design is no different. In this session, Jason Cranford-Teague will show you how to use fluid typography, browser-safe fonts, and type on images to create robust scalable designs to achieve great typography without resorting to typing in images or Adobe Flash. You’ll also learn how to use CSS to download any font you want to use in your Web designs, and to use downloadable fonts, despite the limitations of some browsers.

3:00 p.m. ET — CSS & Flexible Layouts

Despite the Web's flexible, user-controlled nature, many designers continue to create rigid layouts that don't adapt well to the myriad of user settings like screen resolution and font size. In this session, we'll explore the benefits and challenges of both liquid and elastic layouts. You'll learn how to design for flexible layouts through numerous visual examples of both real and mocked-up Web sites. Zoe Gillenwater will examine several interface design conventions that don’t work well for flexible layouts and learn how to transform each to be more flexible-friendly, while still keeping the aesthetics of the site intact. You'll leave the session with a list of things to watch out for while creating your next design comps, as well as ideas for how to tweak the designs of even fixed-width layouts to adapt better to user-controlled font sizes and other flexible Web conditions, making your CSS building process a lot less painful and your finished sites a lot more robust.

4:00 p.m. ET — CSS & Coding Layouts

CSS, the presentation layer when developing standards-based sites, can be frustrating to people as they transition from tables-based sites or as they venture in from the print world. Stephanie Sullivan will demonstrate how to code in a more fluid and flexible manner so your layouts don't break apart under duress. The principles she'll show will help you avoid the most common mistakes people make.

5:00 p.m. ET — CSS and the Open Web: Style for a Brave New World

Just when you think you've got your specificity specific, your CSS notation optimized, and a workflow that makes some kind of sense, guess what? Time for a change! Web applications and richly featured sites have become the norm. We as designers and developers have to examine emerging specifications such as HTML5 and CSS3, the end of XHTML 2.0 and the best means for creating complex interaction that remains stylable, accessible, compatible and esthetically strong. In this session, Molly Holzschlag gives us a taste of how the Open Web concept brings open technologies together to create a rich web platform out of standards to accomplish exactly that!

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