Steven Pemberton

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Steven Pemberton
Steven Pemberton at XHTML 2 f2f in Venice

Steven Pemberton (born 19 February 1953) is a researcher in the Distributed and Interactive Systems group[1] at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands.[2]

Pemberton served as a contributing author of HTML 4.0[3] and HTML 4.01[4] as well as chair of the W3C HTML Working Group[5][6] and contributing author during the specification of XHTML 1.0[7] and XHTML 1.1[8]. These web standards defined the W3C recommended[9] formats of world wide web content for over 15 years starting in 1997[10]. Pemberton also served as chair of the XHTML 2 working group until the conclusion of its charter at the end of 2009[11], after which work on the XML version of HTML was subsumed under the specification of HTML 5[12]

Having chaired the first W3C workshop on stylesheets[13], Pemberton served as a contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) specifications, Level 1[14], Level 2[15], and Level 3[16]. Since 1998, CSS has been a cornerstone World Wide Web technology, along with HTML and JavaScript.[17]

From 2000-2007, Pemberton served as co-chair of the W3C Forms Working Group.[18][19][20] He was a co-author of the XForms 1.0[21], XML Events[22], and XForms 1.1[23] W3C Recommendations. During this time, he was also a member of the RDFa taskforce. Starting in 2010, he was reappointed as co-chair of the W3C Forms Working Group[24], and he has continued since 2015 as a member of the W3C XForms Users Community Group.[25]

In addition to his substantial contributions to web standards, Pemberton was also one of the developers of the ABC programming language and of the Views System, an open-architecture user interface system[26] and application environment[27]. He also implemented ALGOL 68 for the Manchester MU5 Computer.[28]

Pemberton was editor-in-chief of SIGCHI Bulletin from 1993 to 1999 and of ACM Interactions from 1998 to 2004.

In 2009 Pemberton was awarded the CHI Lifetime Service Award by SIGCHI.[29]


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