[Linux-aus] [sort of OT] Making a better LCA Presentation - Avoiding "Death-By-Powerpoint" [1]

Tim Ansell mithro at mithis.com
Tue May 26 18:43:11 AEST 2015

As a person actively involved with the recording and live steaming of the
content a many conferences I'm very interested in methods of making
presentations better.

One thing I've found is that even experienced people often make minor
mistakes which adversely affect the quality of the output. These are things
such as; using low contrast text meaning the slide is unreadable from the
back of the room, or putting text too close to the edges of slides meaning
it gets cut off.

To try and fix these problems (in a more scalable way then yelling at every
presenter) I created the slidelint project. The tool automatically checks
for these common problems in PDF presentations.  It is like a code linting
tool for presentations. There is both an online version at
http://slidelint.net/ and an offline version at

Obviously it doesn't fix problems with content but might be a useful first

The project could use some love because I don't have any time to work on
it. I'm happy to help anyone who is interested in helping out.

Tim 'mithro' Ansell
On 26 May 2015 2:28 pm, "Ian" <ilox11 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Good suggestions Phillip. I did years of community projects and committees
> but when I did about 8 months with Rostrum as part of a project I found out
> so much more about speaking and meeting management. Certainly recommend the
> experience that either organisation can give to those willing to learn and
> share.
> Perhaps Kathy and the 2016 Team could put you and myself and others that
> put their hands up on a sub-committee as part of Speaker Support?
> On 26/05/2015 11:58 am, "Phillip Smith" <lists at fukawi2.nl> wrote:
>> On 26 May 2015 at 09:39, Ian <ilox11 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I would like to discuss - preferable off to one side so I'm not filling
>>> the list up with non-Linux posts - how to help presenters for any LCA to
>>> produce a better presentation and avoid the common presentation pitfalls.
>> ​I too would be willing to review speakers ​presentations in this manner.
>> I certainly don't claim to be perfect, but I have been a Toastmaster for
>> several years so have some experience. On that note, if there are people
>> who would like to present but aren't confident doing so, look up your local
>> Toastmaster club and give it a go :)
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