Thursday, October 21, 2004

S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System

This is very cool.

S5 is a slide show format based entirely on XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
That is to say, it does slide presentations in browsers, with just a few CSS and JS files, and one HTML file for the slides themselves. It's like powerpoint, but for your browser!

There's some very cool features for something browser-based, like advancing to the next slide on a bunch of powerpoint-like triggers (space, pagedown, mouseclick), no server required (it's just reading files, no HTTP), and it's free and open. Anyone with any knowledge of HTML should be able to put together a presentation pretty easily - it's just editing HTML source. Hopefully we'll see support from this in things like nvu at some point.



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