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RE: Powerpoints


From: smithj7
Date: Apr 26, 2006 9:20AM

I like the way Slidy looks and that you can download to your machine.
At this point, folks get upset when I don't get up their slide shows
quickly enough and the Illinois Tool has really saved me lots of time.
However, in the near future I'll check out how difficult this is to use.

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of John Foliot
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 10:54 AM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: RE: [WebAIM] Powerpoints

Penny Roberts wrote:
> I've been asked to put up links to some Powerpoint training
> presentations (primarily for library staff but the links will probably

> have to be on a public page rather than a restricted access page).
> What do I need to consider about Powerpoints and accessibility (not
> that I have much power to change anything but I can always try)?
> Penny

Penny, could you consider throwing them into the trash bin? (LOL)

Seriously, Powerpoints have any number of accessibility issues and
should be avoided. Dave Raggett (of the W3C) has developed a wonderful
tool called "Slidy" which allows you to create Powerpoint style
presentations using semantic, structural HTML, along with some slick
JavaScript and CSS. I am actually using this very same tool today on a
project I am developing for a client.

To find out more, and to access source code and related files, see:

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