There is a strange phenomenon going on these days. For more than a week now I’ve been having these thoughts running continuously through my mind that I can’t stop. A certain three letter acronym seems to pop frequently into my mind. I thought that it would stop last Wednesday when driving home from Walldorf. However as I headed home it took only a couple of CD’s (Deus, Marylin Manson, Faithless, ), or more, due to road works plus rain, before those three letters appeared again: SDN.
Was it the demo session with the The new ABAP Editor as a personal highlight; was it the evening event, or the pictures of the event at Flickr? Btw, I have just found a Firefox extension which enables you to view Flickr pictures in the sidebar of your browser.
Was it the fact that Karl Kessler promised to pass my request for regular expression support to the ABAP developers’ team? Or was it the refreshing, vibrant session given by Craig? Now, I’m not merely saying this because Craig mentioned both my article and I in his session and SDN Meets Labs – Day 1, My thoughts…. No, it was refreshing merely because he didn’t use the standard presentation and browser software. Reflecting on this lead me to think about another two letters: S5.
I had a quick look at this before when I was busy preparing my presentation, but lack of time prevented me from delving deeper into this matter and so I presented stuff in a classical manner. But my hunger for more info was increased after seeing Craig’s presentation.
What is S5?
How is it different to PPT for example?
What does S5 look like?
I won’t elaborate on the whole mechanism which is explained in the S5 primer guide that can be found at Meyer’s site. Let’s focus on what you should do when the entire layout is set in the CSS. The structure is based on several
- layout : guess what, it sets the layout. Within this division one has subsections
- controls (for the slide navigation)
- presentation: indicates the start of the presentation
- slide: indicates the start of a slide
That’s it. Nothing much to it, is there? As such you can put any (X)HTML within any division that you like, as long as it fits in to a slide. The whole slideshow itself fits into a single HTML page, so no need to worry about navigation between pages/slides.
S5 GE PPT or S5 LE PPT?
It all depends on your needs. Some people don’t like to use any Microsoft products at all. Others want a light weight, no installation needed, presentation. Personally, I like the idea of the inclusion of dynamic content/generation.
Critics might say on the other hand that S5 lacks any multimedia features. I have a love/hate relationship with these features. I have seen a lot of professional slide shows look kitschy due to all the sounds and slide transitions used, so I avoid these things as much as possible.
I think it’s just a matter of trying things out and the software which most closely fits the needs within the available resources should be used.