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Tue, 13 Apr 1999 17:53:49 +0200 (MET DST)

W3C's Håkon Wium Lie joins Opera Software as Chief Technology Officer

Oslo, Norway, April 13 1999, Opera Software today announced that Håkon
Wium Lie has joined Opera as Chief Technology Officer. Lie comes to
Opera from the World Wide Web Consortium where he has been the Style
Sheets Activity Lead. He will continue his involvement in the W3C as a
member representative for Opera.

"Opera is committed to open Web standards. Until now, we have
demonstrated this commitment by carefully reviewing and implementing
W3C specifications. In the future we want to actively participate in
W3C, and Håkon Wium Lie's background makes him the ideal liaison",
said Opera's CEO, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner.

"It's important for the Web and W3C that there is more than one
browser. If a single vendor controls the browser market, it also
controls which W3C Recommendations -- if any -- will be used on the
Web. Opera is a serious competitor to the big browsers today, and I
want to make it an even better product tomorrow", says Lie. "By being
smaller, faster, and offering better support for standards than the
competitors, Opera has shown that the browser war isn't over."

Håkon Wium Lie will be Chief Technology Officer at Opera Software in
Oslo, Norway. Before joining Opera in April 1999, he was W3C's
Activity Lead for style sheets. Lie's work on style sheets and go back
to 1994, when he first proposed Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for the
Web. Lie is the co-author, along with Bert Bos, of the W3C CSS1
Recommendation, and a co-editor of the CSS2 Recommendation.

Opera Software AS is a privately held software developer and producer,
based in Oslo, Norway. Its Internet browser - Opera - has since the
launch in June 1996, received international recognition from users and
the industry press for its speed, small footprint, low resource
requirements and flexibility. Opera is an HTML browser (client) for
use on the Internet, within corporate Intranets and Extranets. Opera
can be tailored to suit Internet / Intranet, Service Providers (ISP),
OEMs, cable vendors, traditional Tele-communication providers and
satellite communication companies.

Sandra Thorbjørnsen
U.S. Press Relations
Opera Software Cleveland, OH
USA +1 216-229-4382 (phone)
+1 216-795-0197 (fax)

Katie Andersen
European Press Relations
Opera Software AS
+47 23 23 48 68 (phone)
+47 23 23 48 70 (fax)

Håkon Wium Lie simply a better browser