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  • I've put together quite a few presentations as HTML slides using a script I wrote that you can download from here []. The notes.txt files should get you going but feel free to email me any questions. The themes directory contains some short sample presentations to demo a range of different slide layouts. There's a snippet of JavaScript that allows you to hit space to advance to the next slide so you don't have to fumble around with you mouse clicking on the arrows.

    I wrote an article about this system in a recent Perl Review. The main advantage for me is that because I create the presentation in a text editor I'm not tempted to waste time tweaking font sizes and other distractions that are very much 'in your face' with a program like Powerpoint. I also like that I can dump the files on a web server or a USB stick and access them from any machine without special software.

    HTML slides are easy to publish online [] which is generally a good thing for users. They can also be indexed readily by search engines and if you put code samples in them it's easy for people to copy and paste.

    • I've been using S5 [] for a while now and I generally like the authoring workflow, especially with PPI::HTML to do code colorization. S5 is supposed to be resolution independent. However, I got bitten badly at YAPC::NA 2008 [] where I planned for 1024x768 but got 800x600, and lost the bottom and right of every slide. Luckily, I had generous margins so the talk was not a disaster. In retrospect, I should have just altered the text size with the browser's text zoom, but my brain skipped over that solution at th