dbslide is for DocBook something like the slide document class is for LaTeX. It is meant to create slides/overheads or computer presentations from a DocBook SGML document.
dbslide is implemented as driver files for the DocBook stylesheets, a sample stylesheet (CSS) for the HTML output, and some helper files. You can configure everything to your heart's content. With these files you can create:
- "classic" slides or overheads, with large fonts
- a handout with regular size fonts
- a speaker's copy with additional comments (using the standard SGML feature of marked sections)
Copyright (c) Markus Hoenicka 2000
To avoid licensing hassles, I just use the same terms as Norman Walsh's DocBook stylesheets, to which the dbslide package is a minuscule extension. These terms, which are included in the source package, are in turn the same as for James Clark's Jade and allow you to do almost anything except removing the copyright and licensing note.
The current version is 0.2, released on 11-15-00.
View this short presentation to see what dbslide can do for you. You can also inspect the slide/overhead output, the handout, and the source code of this demo.
||driver file for the HTML presentation
||driver file for the slides/overheads
||driver file for the handout/speaker's copy
||a cascading stylesheet for the HTML output
||a helper HTML file to open a browser window w/o menu etc.
||patch for JadeTeX to eliminate empty pages
||patch for HTML tidy so it can handle the dbslide HTML output
In addition to this stuff, the package also contains a manual in various formats (also available online).
You need a functional SGML system which allows the desired
transformations with DSSSL. You'll need at least Jade or its successor, OpenJade. You'll also need a
TeX installation if you plan to use the TeX backend (for DVI,
PostScript, and PDF output). For a suggestion how to set up a free
SGML system on the Win32 platform, see SGML
for Windows NT. Many Linux distributions (the most complete
with regard to SGML seems to be Debian) allow to install such a system
with just a few packages, and TeX and friends are included anyway.
The software also compiles on a variety of other Unices.
Furthermore you'll need the DocBook DTD and Norman Walsh's Docbook stylesheets.
all (afaik) Linux distributions and will compile on most Unix
systems. Win32 ports are available with the free CygWin tools. If you don't want to use (b)ash and sed on Win32, you'll have to get yourself some other batch search-and-replace tool.
The source package contains a manual that tells you all necessary tricks to work with dbslide. The HTML version is also available for online reading.