Eric A. Meyer is an American web design consultant and author. He is best Known For His advocacy work On Behalf Of Web standards , Most notably Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) technique for managing how HTML is displayed. Meyer has written a number of books and articles on CSS and gives many presentations promoting its use. [1]

Personal life

Meyer was born to parents Arthur and Carol Meyer (deceased). [2] He now has a stepmother, Cathy. [3]

Meyer graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1992 with a BA in History, and minors in artificial intelligence , astronomy , and English . [4]

He is married to Kathryn Meyer (nee Fradkin) and has two living children, Carolyn and Joshua Meyer. His daughter Rebecca Alison Meyer died on June 7th, 2014 on her 6th birthday, a year after her diagnosis of grade 3 (anaplastic) astrocytoma , a brain tumor. [5] [6] The hex color # 663399 was named “rebeccapurple” and added to the CSS color list in her memory. [7]


From 1992 to 2000, Meyer was employed as a hypermedia systems manager at CWRU. In 2001, he joined Netscape as an Internet Applications Manager and remained with the company until 2003.

Meyer is currently a consultant for Complex Spiral Consulting and a member of the Global Multimedia Protocols Group .

On July 28, 2005, the S5 format and software was placed in the Public Domain by Eric Meyer.

In 2008, Meyer supported Microsoft’s proposal for Internet Explorer 8, which is related to rendering invalid HTML and other markup. [8]


  • Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide , O’Reilly, 2000, ISBN  0-596-00525-3
  • Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer’s Reference , 2001, ISBN  0-07-213178-0
  • CSS Pocket Reference , O’Reilly, 2001, ISBN  0-596-00120-7
  • Eric Meyer on CSS , New Riders, 2002, ISBN  0-7357-1245-X
  • More Eric Meyer on CSS , Voices That Matter, 2004, ISBN  0-7357-1425-8
  • Eric A. Meyer, Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Design for Real Life , A Book Apart, 2016, ISBN  978-1-937557-40-9

See also

  • S5 (file format)


  1. Jump up^ More Eric Meyer on CSS(book review),Technical Communication(May 2005), Retrieved March 2, 2011 (“It would be difficult to learn about Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) without reading a book or article written by Eric Meyer … “)
  2. Jump up^ “In Memoriam” .
  3. Jump up^ “In Memoriam: Rebecca Alison Meyer” .
  4. Jump up^ Dyer, Russell (March 12, 2003). The Interview: Eric Meyer,, Retrieved March 2, 2011
  5. Jump up^ “The Diagnosis” .
  6. Jump up^ “In Memoriam: Rebecca Alison Meyer” .
  7. Jump up^ “At an angle of 270 degrees, a saturation of 50% and a lightness of 40%” .
  8. Jump up^ From Switches to Targets: A Standardista’s Journey