presentations without powerpoint, how I do it

I give many of my talks using a very basic HTML template that creates the illusion of slides. It has a few advantages

  • it’s free
  • it works on any browser and any OS
  • my talks take up very little space, file-size-wise
  • I’m not using someone else’s proprietary software or the same old clip art you’ve seen a million times before
  • talks are available in the same format online and off
  • easy print option with extra space for hidden notes [new!]

There are a few downsides as well

  • it’s not totally standards compliant. If you need total compliance, use S5, it’s great.
  • you do need to know a little HTML to make it work for you
  • Since you’re not using PowerPoint, you may tend towards wordiness.

People have been asking about it, so I’ve decided to make a blank presentation with all the stylesheets and whatnot, available for downloading. It’s just a basic HTML page, two stylesheets, a sample image or two, and a styleswitcher. Try it out, tweak it, let me know what you think.

7 Responses to “presentations without powerpoint, how I do it”

  1. Lethal Librarian » Blog Archive » Printability Says:

    [...] re your presentations are printable. Jessamyn, who inspired this entry, has come up with a nifty solution to help you do just that, as well as a few reasons why using HTML is preferable to PowerPoint. [...]

  2. bsoist’s linkblog » Blog Archive » : presentations without powerpoint, how I do it Says:

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  3. spyware presentation at walking paper Says:

    [...] I’m converting to a standards compliant slideshow soon (or close to it), for real this time. Or better yet (?) maybe I can stop projecting blocks of text altogether. // Used for showing and hiding user information in the comment form function ShowUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “”; } function HideUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “none”; } [...]

  4. nichole's auxiliary storage Says:

    Jail Library Group slideshow posted

    The slides (based on Jessamyn West’s ppt-free talk template) from Jail Library Group’s panel at the WLA conference are up.

  5. Well, if you ask me… » Blog Archive » Killer App Says:

    [...] To make this whole episode even more rewarding, I found quite a bit of info about some ideas about replacing PowerPoint. Keep in mind that these alternatives still present some of the same problems. According to Edward Tufte (the author of the Wired article), the problem is the culture of the sales pitch.   [link] [...]

  6. lis.dom » this past week. . . Says:

    [...] Wednesday I turned in my final project for LIS 745, Searching Electronic Databases, which was a 25 item annotated bibliography on the subject of state guardianship programs for adults, prepared for my client, the Iowa Substitute Decision Maker Task Force, a group of people (including my mother) who are trying to establish such a program in Iowa. The week before, I did my final presentation on the project. I found many beautiful pictures with which to illustrate my presentation via the Creative Commons search on Flickr. I’m a big believer in giving people things to look at when presenting, but it does make for a monster-sized PowerPoint, which convinced once again that I really need to learn the S5 and/or Jessamyn West version of slides. . . I thought about doing it for this presentation, but as time was beginning to get short, I thought perhaps that would be an untenable exercise in procrastination. [...]

  7. Librarians Matter » Blog Archive » Here’s some super slides. Says:

    [...] I try not to use proprietary software if possible, so at first I thought I’d use Jessamyn West’s HTML slide method, which is simple and elegant and very lightweight. They allow you to add notes and to select a “print” version for printing. [...]