Terra Incognita Meetings

The CERN web-based slides' maker

by Aristofanis Chionis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR))




The purpose of this talk is to present the https://cern.ch/slides application, developed by Aristofanis, as a web-based  alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.

Please send feedback to the e-group slides-support at cern dot ch.

The application aims at saving the user from, even the simple Markdown syntax. It is the most user-friendly CERN MALT attempt to offer NonPowerPointSlides.

We understand that other products, with already purchased licenses and good CERNBox integration are proposed to the CERN users.

The advantage of this application is its independence. As it is based on Open Source products, it won't depend on any company's change of policy on license terms. (M. Kwiatek)

This application is an exploratory trip on how not to be locked in the past or pay for the future. (T. Smith)

The Open Source packages adopted (e.g. spectacle) will be mentioned and the effort that must be ensured, in order for the slides' application to evolve securely, will be explained.

As a subject for this presentation comedy's father Aristophanes (*) was chosen for the immortality of his Social critique.

(*) Ἀριστοφάνης, pronounced [aristopʰánɛːs]; c. 446 – c. 386 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion (Latin: Cydathenaeum),[3] was a comic playwright of ancient Athens and a poet of Old Attic Comedy.[4] Eleven of his forty plays survive virtually complete. These provide the most valuable examples of a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy and are used to define it, along with fragments from dozens of lost plays by Aristophanes and his contemporaries.[5]

Also known as "The Father of Comedy"[6] and "the Prince of Ancient Comedy",[7] Aristophanes has been said to recreate the life of ancient Athens more convincingly than any other author.[8] His powers of ridicule were feared and acknowledged by influential contemporaries; Plato[9][10] singled out Aristophanes' play The Clouds as slander that contributed to the trial and subsequent condemning to death of Socrates, although other satirical playwrights[11] had also caricatured the philosopher.

Wikipedia article extract.


To open the file Aristophanes.slides attached to this event, one should download it, upload to https://cern.ch/slides and use the "Slideshow" button on the left side bar to view the presentation.