W3C Workshop: A partial tutorial and history of CSS, with discussion
Friday 5th February 2-5pm
Presented by Bert Bos (W3C)
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the technology that allows Web authors to specify the layout of Web pages and apps. It is a standard made by W3C. The first parts were published already in 1996 and 1998, but new parts are still being added. In this workshop we'll look at some parts ("modules") of CSS, both older and recent ones, with excursions into how these modules were developed and why they are the way they are. The tutorial part is probably easiest to follow for people who know a little about CSS already, but the syntax is easy enough to pick up. The background information requires no prior knowledge and should be interesting for people who want to know how international standards are made in practice.... or want to help make them.
Participants interested in writing CSS style sheets will hopefully learn some new things about CSS. The presenter himself hopes to learn from the participants some fresh ideas about how to develop CSS further and how W3C can develop it most efficiently.
No equipment needed, but if you bring a laptop (with a reasonably recent Web browser) you will be able to try some of the examples yourself.
About the Presenter - Bert Bos: Bert Bos was, in 1994, one of the original authors of CSS. He joined W3C in 1995 to set up W3C’s internationalization activity and was part of the groups that created HTML and XML. He is now coordinator for W3C’s style sheet and math activities. Bert studied mathematics in Groningen, The Netherlands, and holds a PhD from that university. He is co-author with Håkon Wium Lie of the book “Cascading Style Sheets: designing for the Web” (3rd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2005).