Support for Tables
It would be great to have an option to add a table to a slide without manually writing the HTML
We’ve made it possible to insert tables! Learn more in this presentation: http://slides.com/news/tables
+1 for table support
A table in this context refers to a group of data that is represented in rows and columns. I do not think that Kevin is referring to using tables for layout purposes, which should not be done. But one of the things that Power Point and Keynote are tables and charts and graphs to represent the tabular data. This is needed in slides to make it a serious competitor, IMHO.
It is possible to have a google docs spreadsheet in an iframe; the problem is that in the event of a change in the google spreadsheet, it is dang hard to get slides.com to refresh it.
Mathieu Dumoulin commented
I don't agree that tables must disapear, tabular data is tabular data. If you have a table of data to present such as a database result it is the only true way to do this correctly. Using divs with table positionning is hell and if the table gets warped, the data loses all sense.
I agree that tables must be dropped for layout issues when used for layout purposes, but don't ditch tables completly as they have their use and are a vital part of the presentation system.
Tony Su commented
Only one observation....
AFAIK one of HTML5 objectives is to drop support for tables altogether.
Rationale is that HTML5 strives for a dynamic, "flowing" layout that can adjust to practically any screen orientation and screen. Tables are rigid, and have problems when their dimensions are too large for the screen.
You're supposed to try to substitute lists and dynamic blocks which re-position themselves according to layout and screen.
But, admittedly tables will be a hard habit to drop.