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From Johannes Schaefer <>
Subject Re: slide plugin: s5 or w3c?
Date Thu, 22 Dec 2005 13:05:54 GMT

Ross Gardler wrote:
> Johannes Schaefer wrote:
>> Hi!
>> We have the s5 plugin to produce slides and I have a lot of local
>> changes sitting on my HD. Ross mentioned that there is sth from w3c.
>> Is it this?
>> Has anyone investigated further? Licenses for the mentioned tools?
>> Has anybody already started an output plug-in? Wish list?
> The tool in question is Slidy. 

Thought it would be.

> It has better features than the s5 slides
> and is I believe) licence compatible.

Can someone confirm this?

> Ferdinand has done some work on this, but he has yet to commit that
> work. There was quite a bit of discussion about his approach which was
> to bypass the core of Forrest and was objected to by a couple of devs.
> I've been holding off finding a home for the s5 plugin because Ferdinand
> wanted to implement the slidy thing. He committed (and later deleted)
> some stuff in revision 344062 - for an input schema [1] and and a slidy
> output schema [2].

I'll try to see that.
Ferdinand, can you comment?!

> Although this was deleted I think that was a rash move.
> There are some great ideas in there, it's just the concept of bypassing
> Forrest core that we objected to [3]. Unfortunately this issue was never
> resolved, and the result was a removal of the plugins in the face of
> objections.

I would not like to bypass Forrest, but rather use slidy as another
way of output. So, preparing a presentation would be like writing a
document but putting in some special classes. This gives a nice

> I'm sure a suitable approach can be found, e.g. do the same as we do in
> every other input/output combination and go via core. However, Ferdinand
> felt this was not the case, although he failed to explain, in a way that
> others could understand, why this was so. Perhaps someone else working
> on it will help.
>> Background: I'll prepare a tutorial about XML and would like to do
>> it in Forrest (my experiences were good:
> As you know the problem with the s5 plugin is the GPL code it uses.  I'd
> be happy to put the s5 plugin in the Burrokeet project on Sourceforge
> and give you commit access there, just let me know (don't forget to tell
> me your SF username).
> If you have the time/inclination I'd prefer to see Ferdinands work
> revived and we use the slidy code - license compatible and more functional.

I would prefer something stable that comes as a forrest option
without any catch (such as the GPL).

I'd hope that some of my work carries over.

> Just let me know which you want to do.

Let's see what Ferdinand says.

> Ross
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]

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