Thursday, November 17, 2005

Going Beyond...

This morning at the Web Advisory Group meeting Guy Mullins was giving a talk about Web 2.0. Now he said a bunch of cool stuff, about various elements of Web 2.0 that you can learn more about as soon as Guy gives us a link to his presentation.

Apart from the content, I though it was interesting that Guy -- even though he is a known opponent of all things PowerPoint -- nevertheless gave a Powerpoint like presentation. Not built with PowerPoint of course. The universe has certain laws after all. No Guy made his slide show using S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System.

I read about S5 a little, and I loved the idea of having a powerpoint like file appear easily on the web. Handy. I loved the standards based idea too. But S5's lack of a WYSIWIG editor made me wish instead for a decent PowerPoint to html converter. Not the one in PowerPoint itself, since the html it saves is only browsable under windows and ie I think. Not exactly standards based.

No, watching Guy I was inspired to look for a standards based PPT to HTML converter. And in about a minute, I found one. Not the most finished product in the world, but I found it to be pretty usable.

To try it I posted a set of slides from a talk I gave last week. Last Monday I gave a talk at a meeting of the Academic Chairs & Directors and the Assistant and Associate Deans at Old Main on -- surprise, surprise -- the status of the Strategic Technology planning process.

As a test of the PPT to HTML converter, I posted it here. The presentation is intended to be displayed full screen within a web browser at a screen resolution of 1024x768. Check it out. Don't miss the notes at the bottom of each slide. Move forward and back with the two arrows at the top.


Nancy November 21, 2005 at 5:30 AM  

I'm happy that Guy presented Web 2.0 ideas to the WAG and am looking forward to seeing the slide show when it gets linked up. I think Guy was the first person to hook info about Web 2.0 into the TechPlan wiki. It's tremendously important to understand these concepts if we want to stay near the top of the Web technology curve and not a year or two behind. Another essential part of Web that I'm not sure is getting thoroughly addressed yet is user-centric engineering (although the thoughts about searchability are great). You still need to determine what the constituents need to know and give them alternative ways of finding it.

There are various ways of finding out what they need to know. One method would be to let the students, etc., tell you online by giving them a wiki or some other collaborative forum. For instance, see "How to Find the Right Online Continuing Education Program" at wikiHow, sponsored by Google. Those of us who hold office jobs at ASU may not have a complete grasp of the things most important to students, faculty and researchers.

Guy November 21, 2005 at 5:49 AM  

This article, "What is Web 2.0?" by Tim O'Reilly, is a very good Web 2.0 resource and overview. Much of the information contained in the presentation mentioned above was drawn from this material.
Additionally, I have made available links to this example of an S5 Slideshow, as well as some additional references to Web 2.0 and such that may be useful.

Cameron Scholtz November 23, 2005 at 2:33 AM  

The web has gone through like a dozen iterations since 1990. So shouldn't this be Web 12.0...or maybe HD Web :)

Nancy November 26, 2005 at 10:09 AM  

Also collaborative tagging at Amazon. See this page, top and bottom, for tagging and wiki options.

Nancy November 28, 2005 at 5:09 AM  

To clarify my note re Amazon wiki and tagging: wiki and tag options may or may not show up for a particular user depending on Amazon's personalization features and who-knows what else. For option descriptions, please see:
... Amazon wiki
... Amazon tagging