Irène Vatton (fr-FR), research engineer at INRIA and former W3C Staff, recently retired. If you're implementing rendering engines for Web Standards and you don't know her name, let me tell you one thing: you should make her a place of choice in your personal pantheon. Irène was already working on rendering engines for markup languages at a time you were probably in diapers. She implemented stylesheets to add presentation to markup long before the idea of CSS even emerged. Grif (fr-FR), the SGML editor/browser she implemented with Vincent Quint, was the first modern wysiwyg editor for markup languages based on a validator. It's quoted in Tim Berners-Lee's book "Weaving the Web" and it's only because the CEO of the company that industrialized and sold Grif did not see the value of the Web (can you believe it...) Grif did not become THE browser company 3 years before the very first lines of NCSA Mosaic. Grif eventually became Amaya, the W3C editor/browser.

Irène, with Vincent and their team, paved the way for the Web as we know it. They wrote research papers and lines of code that became invaluable for the Web as we know it. In 1993, they already had everything: markup, very powerful stylesheets (please trust me on that...), transformations, multiview, vectorial graphics, tables, schemas, and more. What we did during the 15 last years was just a reinvention of the wheel they invented before the Web.

I had the great pleasure to work with Irène when I was at Grif. Irène was inspirational and always here to help a n00b like the young graduate I was at that time. She taught me a lot, and I would not be where I am today without Grif.

Thank you so much Irène. I hope we'll still see you around from time to time.