HTML Slidy is a way of putting slide shows (presentations) on the web. Think of it like OpenOffice Impress or MicroSoft PowerPoint, but more convenient and with less lock-in. Your viewers only need a web browser to view the presentation, and everybody has a web browser. Not everybody has MS PowerPoint. Not everybody has OO Impress. Furthermore, if you’re on a conference call, it’s much safer to use a web presentation than, say, NetMeeting, LiveMeeting, or whatever. In my experience, those are much more prone to network glitches bringing the entire meeting down than a simple HTTP connection. The one way that meeting software is superior to a web-shared presentation is that it’s harder to sync advancing the slides with a web presentation.
Anyway, that’s not what I was intending to write about. For years, I’d been using S5 for my slides. It works pretty well, but lately I’ve been using Slidy, and here’s why:
- Slidy takes advantage of the fact that browsers have scroll bars. Yeah, ideally, you don’t have them, but the fact is that it’s never perfect, and there’s always going to be somebody using an oddball sized screen so that one of your slides just doesn’t quite fit. With S5, they’ll never see that content. With Slidy, they just scroll.
- I’ve found that I spend far less time tweaking the input and output to get it to look right. In fact, with Slidy, it’s usually just a matter of breaking lists (or, preferably, removing content), or setting the size on images. With S5, I’d sometimes spend hours tweaking font sizes to try to get things to fit and look right.
- It’s way, way easier to style Slidy.