This weekend i gave a seminar at church called Starting to Read the Bible for Yourself. Since i wanted to make the slides available to everybody, i decided to give RadioPoint, Userland's outline-based alternative to that program from that company in Redmond that inspires such vituperation and invective.
W3C has something similar called slidemaker which takes a single HTML file and splits it up using Perl, with a single parameter file and CSS styles. But i don't find editing the original HTML file very helpful: Radio's OPML-based outliner gives me an easy way to organize content as i go along.
Though i don't prefer the slidemaker methodology, i do like the visual appearance of Tim Berners-Lee's slide template: so i set up my own to emulate it, using CSS to make style changes manageable. You can find the template (which has a lot of cruft for slidemaker that i really ought to prune out) here.
Can You Really Separate Content and Presentation?
- Funny things seem to happen if you have slide titles with double quotes in them, or macros. This includes less obvious things like tags with quoted attributes (e.g. <div class="comment">). However, single quotes seem to work alright. Looking at the .txt files that RadioPoint produces (and then upstreams using the normal mechanisms), i think this is as simple as not escaping quotes correctly.
- The OPML file you build your presentation from can't have a #title directive. Maybe that makes sense to the Userland folks: but i tend to always give my outlines this kind of title, and this seems to make reuse (something you both print and make slides from, for example), difficult.
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