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September 6, 2007

S5 Themes in Instiki

Ever since I added S5 slideshow support to Instiki, I’ve been itching to add support for slideshow themes. I happen to like the default theme I’ve supplied with Instiki. But choice is good, and making switching themes as simple as adding a line

slide_theme: mytheme

is even better.

So I did.

There are six supplied themes (in the public/s5/themes/ directory):

and creating new ones is easy if you know some CSS. Just copy one of the existing themes to a new directory, and start editing pretty.css.

Posted by distler at September 6, 2007 10:57 AM

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Re: S5 Themes in Instiki

It seems to me that images aren’t automatically resized in S5. This seems to me to be important – and is the biggest problem for me writing presentations in xhtml (I don’t use S5 yet). Anyone working on this?

Posted by: Andrew on September 6, 2007 1:14 PM | Permalink | Reply to this


Pictures (JPEG, GIF, PNG) rescale rather poorly if you rely on the browser to do the rescaling. The best results are obtained if your rescale them “by hand” in an image-manipulation program (Photoshop, etc).

SVG should work great, and are supposed to be able to rescale automatically. I’ve had fine success with SVG here on this blog and in Instiki. Unfortunately, I’ve had real problems with SVG in S5. The Feynman diagram in the sample slide show looks just fine in the regular Wiki view, but the arrowheads are all screwed up in the S5 view and I don’t know why.

In fact, things are worse than that. I had to switch from dynamically sizing it (in em) to fixed sizing (in px) because the former screwed up rather badly in the S5 view.

Posted by: Jacques Distler on September 6, 2007 3:14 PM | Permalink | PGP Sig | Reply to this
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