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Håkon Wium Lie (CTO, Opera Software):
"Scalable, Beautiful Web Documents"

Walter Bender

Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 4:00 PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

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The Web was developed in scientific environments where structure is valued more highly than aesthetics. Nevertheless, the Web quickly turned into a visual medium where images, rather than text, dominated the presentation. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) were developed to protect the structure and semantics of the Web, while also allowing aesthetics to be described. CSS go beyond traditional typographic description languages by combining stylistic preferences from both authors and users, and by being applicable to both visual and non-visual media. Demonstrations will show how CSS can be used in various non-desktop settings, including an HTML-based PowerPoint replacement and presenting Web documents on a 200x200 pixel screen.

Håkon Wium Lie worked with Walter Bender in the Electronic Publishing group from 1989 to 1991. Soon after graduating from MIT he stumbled across the Web and joined Tim Berners-Lee's group at CERN where the Web was born. In 1994 he proposed Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which are now implemented in all major browsers. He worked for W3C from 1995 until 1999, when he joined Opera Software in Oslo. His job is to make sure Opera remains a better, smaller, and faster browser than the one you know. You can download Opera from

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