The inventor of CSS explains how it saved the web - but warns that the battle is not over yet…
When it comes to web design, few people have been more important or influential than Håkon Wium Lie. Working at CERN alongside Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web itself, Lie is the man who gave it its familiar look by inventing CSS.
Without that bold move, the whole business of web design could have been a totally different beast today. As Lie puts it: “This thing could have been owned by one company. It could have been France Telecom, it could have been Microsoft. It could have been one private owner.
“Instead we have a web which is slightly disorganised, and there’s a lot of rubbish out there, but it’s also a wonderful place that reflects humanity as it should be. And it’s free for everyone to use.”