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API of the Week: SlideShare

February 28th, 2011 02:00 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

SlideShare logo 150x150 Last week SlideShare announced its new JavaScript API for controlling embedded players. The company also added support for the oEmbed API.

The new JavaScript API gives developers the ability to: “access major functions, navigate across presentations, and control the SlideShare embed player via Javascript.” What can you do with those features? SlideShare suggests that you could use it to automate multiple players to show random slides one at a time or synchronize slides and video. I’m sure you can find more creative uses, though.

oEmbed is an open standard for embedded content. According to the oEmbed website: “The simple API allows a website to display embedded content (such as photos or videos) when a user posts a link to that resource, without having to parse the resource directly.” In other words, when someone adds a link to a SlideShare presentation, for example, it can be embedded automatically – without the need for the user to copy and paste an embed code.

We covered the launch of SlideShare’s new service Zipcast here here recently.

Source: API of the Week: SlideShare

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