A few days ago, I realized, “This Verbosio project is so big, so detailed, that a high-level overview would be really useful.” These high-level ideas haven’t changed in the six or seven years I’ve held them, but there’s been no complete overview of the ideas at once. I decided, therefore, it’s time to take a step up – not back – and try to paint a comprehensive picture of what I’m really trying to do here.
(UPDATE: For those of you who don’t know, Verbosio is an attempt to build a prototype XML editor driven by add-ons – languages and user interfaces coming from extensions to the core architecture.)
I’ve tried before to explain it – and it’s helped in job interviews (more on that later) – but even a five minute summary just doesn’t capture the whole vision I have. Lengthy specification documents and blog posts don’t do it either – ultimately they end up out-of date and forgotten. So I’m going to attempt a new approach. I’m going to create an audio slideshow “fly-by” of Verbosio, explaining the concepts behind the project.
(I credit the JSConf X presentations Brendan Eich and Douglas Crockford gave as the inspiration for this. Slides plus spoken words in an online video is pretty effective.)
On Wednesday night, I wrote out an outline, in preparation for writing a script and slides. When I counted it out, seventy-five different slide items came up (give or take a couple). That’s too many for a single presentation, so as I write the script, I’ll break it up into a few smaller segments. Overall, this could easily run 90 minutes as a whole.
How serious am I about this? I bought a Logitech headset specifically for this audio slideshow, and I’ll be using OpenOffice and some freeware audio editing software to put it all together. That said, for those of you who’ve done audio slideshows before, I’d welcome any advice – including freeware recommendations – on the technical and conversational aspects. I’m dusting off techniques from my Navy Journalism classes – which were way back in 1996 – and my book, in 2001-2002. I could use a refresher course, so please: chime in on the comments!