Tantek Çelik

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Tantek Çelik
Çelik in 2019
  • American
  • Turkish
Alma materStanford University[3]
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Academic advisorsTerry Winograd (masters advisor)[citation needed]

Tantek Çelik is a Turkish-American computer scientist, currently the Web standards lead at Mozilla Corporation.[5] Çelik was previously the chief technologist at Technorati.[6] He worked on microformats[7] and is one of the principal editors of several Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) specifications.[8][9] He is author of HTML5 Now: A Step-by-Step Video Tutorial for Getting Started Today (Voices That Matter) (ISBN 978-0-321-71991-1).


Çelik gained bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University.[1][3][6] He worked at Microsoft from 1997 to 2004, where he helped lead development of the Macintosh version of Internet Explorer.[6] Between 1998 and 2003, he managed a team of software developers that designed and implemented the Tasman rendering engine for Internet Explorer for Mac 5.[10] During his time at Microsoft he also served as their alternate representative (1998–2000) and later their representative (2001–2004) to a number of working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C);[6] he is credited on a number of recommendations relating to XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets due to this work.[11][12] While working for Microsoft, he also developed the "box model hack" that is used by web designers to work around the Internet Explorer box model bug.[10]

Before working at Microsoft he worked in a variety of software engineer roles at Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation and Apple Computer.[citation needed] During his four years at Apple Computer (1992–1996), he spent most of his time on the OpenDoc project, first as a senior software developer and then as a technical lead.[citation needed] In 1996, he left Apple to form a software development and consulting company specialising in OpenDoc development, 6prime, with another OpenDoc technical lead Eric Soldan, however in 1997, Aladdin Systems purchased 6prime's main product REV releasing it as Flashback.[13]

At Technorati, he led the adoption of better standards support (including microformats) throughout the company, including their website's front page.[14][15] He was also involved with the special Election 2004 section of the website, including writing the initial version.[citation needed] He serves as a founder at the Global Multimedia Protocols Group.[16]

In December 2010, Çelik began working[17] on IndieWebCamp, an effort to coordinate a community of people to build tools to complement and eventually provide an alternative to social networking services like Twitter and Facebook.[18]

He is the owner of the Twitter account @T.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Tantek Celik - Chief Technologist, Technorati". Archived from the original on 2007-10-05.
  2. ^ Khare, R.; Çelik, T. (2006). Microformats: Proceedings of the 15th international conference on World Wide Web - WWW '06. p. 865. doi:10.1145/1135777.1135917. ISBN 978-1-59593-323-2. S2CID 17484329.
  3. ^ a b "Stanford Computer Science Masters Alumni". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2008-03-08.
  4. ^ Çelik, T.; Meyer, E. A.; Mullenweg, M. (2005). XHTML meta data profiles: Special interest tracks and posters of the 14th international conference on World Wide Web - WWW '05. p. 994. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/1062745.1062835. ISBN 978-1-59593-051-4. S2CID 28672599.
  5. ^ "Mozilla hires open-standards guru Celik".
  6. ^ a b c d "Tantek Çelik, WaSP Emeritus". Web Standards Project. Archived from the original on 2015-03-21.
  7. ^ "Is Privacy Protection 'More Awesome Than Money'?". NPR.
  8. ^ Bos, Bert; Tantek Çelik; Ian Hickson; Håkon Wium Lie (19 July 2007). "Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 Revision 1 (CSS 2.1) Specification". W3C Technical Reports and Publications. World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  9. ^ "W3C Technical Reports and Publications - view by editor". W3C Technical Reports and Publications. World Wide Web Consortium. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  10. ^ a b "Tantek Çelik on Mozilla & Microformats". The Big Web Show. April 26, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  11. ^ HTML Working Group. "XHTML 1.0 The Extensible HyperText Markup Language (Second Edition)". W3C. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
  12. ^ Hakon Wium Lie; Bert Bos. "Cascading Style Sheets, level 1". W3C. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
  13. ^ "6prime corporation website. Aladdin Systems acquires REV from 6prime corporation". Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  14. ^ "Tantek Çelik and Rohit Khare: The Progress and the Promise of Microformats - Knowledge@Wharton". Knowledge@Wharton. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  15. ^ Çelik, Tantek. "Tantek's Thoughts". tantek.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  16. ^ "Tantek Çelik, A List Apart Speaker". Archived from the original on 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  17. ^ "IndieWeb Timeline". Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  18. ^ Finley, Klint (14 August 2014). "Meet the Hackers Who Want to Jailbreak the Internet". Wired.
  19. ^ "Twitter from @A to @Z". Theatlantic.com. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2020.

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