Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 08:47 UTC
Features, Office

PowerPoint is so ingrained in modern life that the notion of it having a history at all may seem odd. But it does have a very definite lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. Rather, PowerPoint was a recovery from dashed hopes that pulled a struggling startup back from the brink of failure - and succeeded beyond anything its creators could have imagined.

Fascinating story. I despise PowerPoint because PowerPoint presentations are difficult to translate (my actual job), but there's no denying it's used in meeting rooms all over the world - for better or worse.

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RE: Difficult to translate
by Kochise on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 12:52 UTC in reply to "Difficult to translate"
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

Could Latex be used to format pages and variables to hold translatable text ?

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DefineDecision Member since:
2017-10-09

I think the better issue would be to write better slides, not attempt to solve a people problem with more technology.

For example: There's a method by a Japanese person whose name I can't remember, but it involves keeping slides extremely brief and doing the talking; the slide is just the high-level heading, essentially.

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RE[3]: Difficult to translate
by haakin on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 10:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Difficult to translate"
haakin Member since:
2008-12-18

I think that the Japanese guy is Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby. He uses many (a lot!) almost empty slides. Check this presentation:

http://euruko2013.org/speakers/presentations/keynote-matz.pdf

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Uhm, thats how we were taught how to use powerpoint back in our required core office tools course in university back in the mid 90's.

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