Ian Hickson

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Ian Hickson
Ian Hickson at CSS Working Group Meeting Day Three.jpeg
Born Geneva, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss-British
Education Physics at University of Bath
Employer Google
Organization Netscape, Opera, Google
Known for HTML5, CSS 2.1

Ian "Hixie" Hickson is the author and maintainer of the Acid2 and Acid3 tests, the Web Applications 1.0/HTML 5 specification,[1][2] and the Pingback specification.[3] He is known as a proponent of web standards, and has played a crucial role in the development of specifications such as CSS. Hickson was a co-editor of the CSS 2.1 specification.[4]

Hickson was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and lived there for ten years.[5] He studied physics at the University of Bath in England. Later he was employed at Netscape, and Opera Software; he now works for Google in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the specification editor of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group.[6]


  1. ^ "HTML5: A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML", W3C Working Draft 22 January 2008
  2. ^ "HTML 5 Hits First Public Working Draft", Sean Michael Kerner, internetnews.com, January 25, 2008
  3. ^ Pingback Specification
  4. ^ Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 revision 1, W3C W3C Candidate Recommendation 25 February 2004
  5. ^ Hickson's biography on the website of the Web Standards Project
  6. ^ Ian Hickson's resume

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