[drupal-devel] author your slides with Drupal next time

Kieran Lal kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Tue Sep 20 18:13:40 UTC 2005

Gabor, this is one that I am personally interested in using.

If you need help writing Administration Help for your module read  
this, file an issue, or ask me to do it.


On Sep 19, 2005, at 11:23 PM, Gabor Hojtsy wrote:

> Hi,
> Last fall, Walkah announced an S5 module in the works
> (http://bryght.com/node/121), which was a proof of concept, but was
> never actually released as far as I know. I was way too excited about
> the possibilities, and given that my repeated requests resulted in no
> code from Walkah (due to the apparent reason of not enough time), I  
> sat
> down this weekend, and put together a simple module for S5 authoring
> with the book module. The module is now in Drupal CVS
> (http://drupal.org/cvs?commit=19502)
> I know reusing books is still not the ideal solution for slide
> authoring, but since only book has an outline editor in Drupal, it was
> the quickest to use, and I am going to have a presentation on Drupal
> this weekend, so I only had this much time. I have ideas for futher
> improvements (actually either creating a better outline editor for
> books, or abandoning books).
> Here is the README reproduced for those interested:
> S5 Presentation Module Suite
> ----------------------------
> The modules in this suite are supposed to help you author and play
> S5 presentations. S5 is Eric Meyer's "Simple Standards-Based Slide
> Show System", which is based on the Opera Show format. S5
> presentations work in a multitude of browsers, and also compatible
> with Opera Show.
>   http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/tools/s5/
> Installation requirements
> -------------------------
>  - Modules in this folder are compatible with Drupal 4.7
>  - S5 itself is not included. You are required to copy the
>    contents of the 'ui' folder from your S5 download to misc/s5.
>    That means you should have files like misc/s5/default/slides.js
> The s5_book module
> ------------------
> This module allows you to play book pages as S5 presentations.
> Enabling this module, you will get an 'S5 Presentation' link
> by the side of your 'docbook export' and 'opml export' links
> on your book pages. This flattens your book structure, so any
> hierarchies will be lost. You can use hierarchies however to
> structure your presentation properly. Since books only allow
> you to distinguish 30 different page weights, if you have
> more slides, you need to use hierarchies to maintain proper
> ordering. Group your slides by topic, and give your topics
> starter slides.
> The first slide is searched for metainformation about your
> slides, which is injected to further slides. An example first
> slide is the following:
> <h3 class="s5-author">Name of Author</h3>
> <h4 class="s5-company">Company of Author</h4>
> <!--p class="s5-presdate">Presentation date</p>
> <p class="s5-location">Place, Date and time</p-->
> As this example shows, you will have your name and company
> displayed on the slide (the slide and thus the presentation
> title will be the first node title). Since the presentation
> date and location information is in HTML comments, it will
> not be displayed. The s5-presdate value is supposed to be
> something like 20050920. For more detailed information on
> how these values should look like, look into the S5
> documentation.
> Other slides should contain HTML like:
> <ul>
> <li>point one</li>
> <li>point two</li>
> <li>point three</li>
> </ul>
> See the S5 documentation on what else you can use on the
> slides, like handout text, images, incremental display, etc.
> Practical usage
> ---------------
> Authoring presentations with the book module might not be
> the ideal solution, since it does not allow you to easily
> add and remove slides. For this reason, s5_book module
> adds an 'add book page' link to the book outline editor
> (look into administer >> content >> books). This way,
> the outline editor allows you to quickly view, add and
> remove slides, as well as reorder them.
> Possible later modules
> ----------------------
> Since authoring slides with the book module is still not the
> ideal way to look at slideshow editing, there are ideas on
> the future direction of supporting S5 authoring. When or
> whether these will be implemented at all is still an open
> question. Contact the maintainer, if you would like to join
> forces.
> Credits
> -------
> Thanks to Eric Meyer for this fantastic slideshow system.
> The s5_book module and this readme was written by Gabor Hojtsy
> <goba at php.net>.

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