S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System

One of the problems of using LaTeX for presentations[1] is that positioning graphics is annoyingly fiddly. The web’s cascading style sheets — with it’s highly flexible and very powerful layout abilities — ought to be ideal for producing presentation slides, and indeed somebody has produced an impressive framework for doing so.

[1] Don’t get me started on Powerpoint — producing anything with more than one mathematical formula is as annoying as positioning graphics in a LaTeX slide.

2 Responses to “S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Looked at S5 and it really is elegant. However, it still doesn’t solve the `equation’ problem in any way. While I have an equation or ten on every second page of my presentations, I’ll have to stick with LaTeX.

    I’ve found that ADVI along with the Emacs WhizzyTeX mode is dynamic enough at both the editing as well as the presentation levels that it helps overcome the image positioning problem.

  2. Nathan Says:

    What about MathML? A quick google suggests it isn’t ready for including on general web pages just yet, but it might work for a presentation if you control the displaying brower. Could S5+MathML could be the way to go in the future though.

    PS – thanks for the links to ADVI and WhizzyTeX – I hadn’t seen those before.