Thursday, September 10, 2009

Simple Slideshow System: S5

S5 has been around a few years now, but some may not be aware of it. S5 stands for 'Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System'. The XHTML code is simple to modify (adding / removing slides) and understand. Styling via CSS is also very simple to do. It gracefully degrades - so if JavaScript is disabled, you can still see the content. Slideshows are also printer friendly.

Like a slideshow you would do in Microsoft Office PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress, you have to make sure not too much content is added to a slide, since any overflow is hidden. The keyboard or mouse can be used to navigate the S5 slideshow (although there are no context menu options).

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