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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Sunday April 17, 2005
02:34 PM

CSS help requested

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Any CSS gods out there willing to take a look at this presentation? Those are the opening few slides on my talk about Logic Programming in Perl. However, I have two problems. First, the software I'm using to create the presentation produces awful HTML (it's txt2slides, if you must know.) Second, I suck at CSS. I've no idea what it looks like on IE for Windows (IE 5.2 on Mac OS X is terribly broken) and I know it looks terrible at lower resolutions.

Any advice welcome. I've been fixing the software to write better HTML, so if that helps, let me know. CSS tips -- or just style comments -- really appreciated.

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  • I hear you about IE 5.2 on OS X... the CSS and JavaScript used on perldoc.perl.org [perl.org] does not work on it at all.

    Does anyone actually use this browser? Should I worry about making the site compatible?

    JJ

    • I suppose it depends upon your target audience. I doubt that Perl folks are going to bitterly complain about not being able to use IE on a Mac. If this was some popular news site, it would be a different story.

      • IE on a Mac? Been years since I've used that. I'm typing this in Safari (the most native browser on the Mac), and I sometimes use Firefox. But I can't remember the last time I even fired up IE.
        --
        • Randal L. Schwartz
        • Stonehenge
        • I gave up on Safari. It's slow. It's buggy. It sucks. I recently started using it again when the latest Firefox security hole showed up because of how serious that problem was, but as soon as Firefox had a new version out, I grabbed it and didn't look back.

  • The presentation doesn't scale well at the moment.

    By using font sizes in px you're making things very small for somebody who's got a very high res monitor.

    The most portable thing to do is to put font sizes in percentages: assume that 100% is the size that is appropriate for 'normal' text on a webpage, and work relative to that so you probably want at least 150% for text on slides.

    Those slides also degrade badly in smaller windows. If the window is sufficiently small that the bullets don't all


  • Have a look at S5 [meyerweb.com].

    John.
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  • S5 [meyerweb.com] (Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System) is pretty nifty; customizing it doesn't seem to be too difficult either. I have no idea if it works in Mac IE, but I think it works well on Win32 IE.
    • S5 works well in all the Mac browsers; I've used it to do a couple of presentations and I really like it. I redid the standard UI templates to work better on a 12" power book (see this link [ibiblio.org]).

      I'm working on a pod2s5 translator at the moment.

      • I'll take a look at these, thanks. The only customizations I've done were fairly minor for an internal presentation (logo, standard corporate look, etc.).

        And please let me know if you get the pod translation done!