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.