W3C Issues CSS2 as a Proposed Recommendation

Voting Now Underway by W3C Member Organizations on Cascading Style Sheets, level 2

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http://www.w3.org/ -- 24 March, 1998 -- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced the release of  Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 (CSS2), as a W3C Proposed Recommendation. The W3C Cascading Style Sheets and Formatting Properties (CSS&FP) Working Group has determined that the CSS2 specification is stable, contributes to Web interoperability, is supported for industry-wide adoption, and is ready to enter the review and voting process by the W3C Membership.

W3C Process

Specifications developed within W3C working groups must be formally approved by the Membership. Consensus is reached after a specification has proceeded through the following review stages: Working Draft, Proposed Recommendation, and Recommendation.

Stable working drafts are submitted by working groups to the W3C Director for consideration as a Proposed Recommendation. Upon the Director's approval, the document becomes a "Proposed Recommendation", and is forwarded to the W3C Membership to vote on becoming an official W3C Recommendation.

The W3C Advisory Committee -- comprised of one official representative from each Member organization -- submits one of the following votes on the Proposed Recommendation: yes; yes, with comments; no, unless specified deficiencies are corrected; no, this Proposed Recommendation should be abandoned.

During this voting period, the Working Group expects to resolve minor technical issues and communicate its results to the W3C Director. After this time, the Director will announce the disposition of the document; it may become a W3C Recommendation (possibly with minor changes), revert to Working Draft status, or may be dropped as a W3C work item.

The Member voting and review period lasts approximately 6 weeks.


Created and developed by the W3C Cascading Style Sheets and Formatting Properties (CSS&FP) Working Group, CSS2 is a style sheet language which builds on the widely implemented CSS1 specification.

CSS2 offers precise control over the presentation of Web pages. It adds improved printing of Web pages, positioned and layered elements, improved Internationalization, and a rich WebFont model, including downloadable fonts. CSS2 can also control voice, pitch, stereo position and other aspects of how Web pages will sound when rendered to speech.

W3C continues to work with its Members, evolving the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) language to provide even richer stylistic control, and to ensure consistency of implementation world-wide.

The CSS&FP Working Group includes key industry players such as Adobe, Bitstream, CWI, Electricité de France, HP, IBM, Lotus, Macromedia, Microsoft, NIST, Novell, Silicon Graphics, and SoftQuad as well as experts in web design, typography, internationalization and document publishing.

The CSS2 specification has been produced as part of the W3C Style Sheets Activity, and is available at http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-CSS2

For more information on CSS2, please see http://www.w3.org/Style

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The W3C was created to develop common protocols that enhance the interoperability and promote the evolution of the World Wide Web. It is an industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; sample code implementations to embody and promote standards; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, more than 250 organizations are Members of the Consortium.

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