October 11, 2004

CSS slideshows

I was interested to see the following web slideshows:-

What's impressive about them is that although they look as if they must have been done with Flash, they're not; they're pure HTML, and they validate, and the markup is semantically sensible. It works in IE6, FireFox, Opera 7.5 and – sort of – Safari, but not IE5.5, which alas makes them unusable for our purposes (although it seems that the upgrade on the managed desktop to Office XP will also update IE5.5 to IE6, so perhaps the end is finally in sight for IE5.5 at Warwick). The explanations are here [III] and here [IV].

Very clever, as are many of the other scripts at this site, such as this categorised listbox.

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  1. Oooh…pruuuurtyyy.

    Kind of reminds me of the slide show (powerpoint style) that Eric Meyer is playing with at the moment. It can be found on Eric's Site

    11 Oct 2004, 22:30

  2. John Dale

    Yeah, Eric's stuff is clever, and I wondered if we might have a use for it. But as elegant as it is if you understand what's going on and how to author with it, I don't see a compelling reason for our users who are already comfortable with PowerPoint wanting to switch to a different, less familiar/easy tool. It's a shame in a way.

    11 Oct 2004, 22:41

  3. Chris May

    The transitions are nice; the application to which they're being put is stupid.

    When I read a powerpoint I want the first page to come up quickly, so I can decide which of the following pages to read. What I don't want is to wait for all 45 huge slide images to download before I can realise that the only one I care about is the last one.

    14 Oct 2004, 20:52

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