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Yet another candidate: Docbook-Slides

Yet another candidate: Docbook-Slides

Posted Sep 14, 2004 21:45 UTC (Tue) by lolando (subscriber, #7139)
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to presentation programs

If you don't fear SGML/XML, you can also use the "Slides" flavour of Docbook (and if you do fear them, well, I suppose you'll have to wait until Conglomerate starts working reasonably well).

Like plain Docbook, Docbook-Slides is geared towards technical docs/presentations. It's easy to include code, examples, links, have lots of semantic markup, and keep the visual fluff for later: that's the point of Docbook in particular and WYSIWYM in general.

Of course, Docbook is but a markup language, but there are a few transformation processes (XSLT for instance) to turn your beautiful XML into beautiful HTML. Frames or no frames, there are even a few Javascripts hooks that you can enable to get something slightly lively. And then all you need is <insert your favourite browser here> running fullscreen. And you can turn your presentation into PDF for the proceedings or so. And since it's HTML+CSS, theming is doable too. Oh, and as they say, structured data is here to stay.

Right, no sound. No transitions, either. Graphics come from external images. Like the rest of Docbook, this may not be what your PHB will use for showing off to his VPs. But for us techies... Yummy :-)


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Yet another candidate: Docbook-Slides

Posted Sep 15, 2004 13:58 UTC (Wed) by debacle (subscriber, #7114) [Link]

Yes, DocBook/XML Slides are a very good way to create HTML slides to be viewed e.g. with Firefox. I do all my slides using DocBook/XML Slides and I do all other documentation in DocBook/XML article/book/refentry/website, e.g. man pages, howto documents, reference cards, web pages. I like the idea of single source publishing. Another plus: All necessary packages are apt-get'able in Debian sarge: the slides package and the demo package.


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