Monday, October 18, 2004

Web Standards Based PowerPoint Alternative

Ever wanted to create a nice slideshow presentation and put it on the web, only to find that Microsoft's PowerPoint creates clunky, bloated, proprietary HTML code when you output your .ppt slideshow as a web page?

Check this out - Eric Meyer, CSS guru extraordinaire, has created "S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System." A snippet from his web site:

"S5 is a slide show format based entirely on XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With one file, you can run a complete slide show and have a printer-friendly version as well. The markup used for the slides is very simple, highly semantic, and completely accessible. Anyone with even a smidgen of familiarity with HTML or XHTML can look at the markup and figure out how to adapt it to their particular needs. Anyone familiar with CSS can create their own slide show theme. It's totally simple, and it's totally standards-driven.

As a bonus, its markup is compatible with the Opera Show Format, and S5 is engineered to be displayed using Opera Show when a presenation is run using Opera."

I was playing around with the pre-1.0 release version and am stoked as heck to try out some of the new themes and mess around with creating my own. Good times.

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