The short story: htmlslide is a simple program that generates
HTML-based slideshows, suitable for viewing collections of
photographs. The original version is due to Alessandro Menegon, who
deserves most of the credit. I made a few changes that are outlined
A longer story: There are dozens of slide-show programs out there, but
I wanted something simple and portable, something that I
could put on a CD-ROM containing photos that is to be sent to people
who cannot be expected to set-up much software. I found only one
program that fit the bill: htmlslide. It uses only HTML and CSS. No
accessing an object-oriented middleware to interface with a relational
backend, etc. What we have here is something you can put on a CD and
send to grandma. Any Web browser worth its salt should work for
viewing. (I felt I needed to justify this claim, so I made sure my
dark scheme validates with the W3C. So if your browser does not work,
you should really complain to the browser-makers.) On the other hand,
the template-based architecture does permit a fair bit of creative
design. The included templates illustrate some possibilities.
- The main changes in my version:
- A theme called dark that is loosely based on the orange
theme in the original distribution. The dark theme generates HTML and
CSS that validates with the W3C validators.
- Simple EXIF support: EXIF data is saved in a file that is linked
from the photo pages; date and time appear on the photo page.
(Currently, only the dark theme uses these features, but it is really
easy to add them to other themes.) The directives (for themes) are
EXIFDATE and EXIFLINK. You will need the "jhead" program for this
- If files that look like thumbnails or EXIF data files from a
previous run of htmlslide are found, they are reused. (Useful for
saving time while debugging and fixing minor bloopers.)
- There is now an optional index comment in the input file
(index.txt) that is used to annotate the thumbnails on the index page.
If an index comment is missing, a truncated version of the main
comment is used. The directive (for themes) is ICOMMENT.
- A few others that I can't recall; read the source.
- Download my modified version as a tarred gzipped file: htmlslide.tgz. You will need to read the
README-chaw file included in the package (and perhaps a bit of the
source code) to get things going.
- Alessandro Menegon's original
version, without my changes.
- Alessandro's demo site
based on the original version. (Yes, pretty pictures!) I'll
try putting up a demo site for my changes soon enough.
- GNU General Public
Sudarshan S. Chawathe