Story Utility Introduction

What the Story Utility Does

The Story Utility enables a web-based slide show in which each slide is a fully functional web page. This utility is similar to PowerPoint but is much more powerful because each slide may have its own dynamic behavior. In many ways, this utility is a web-descendent of the Apple Hypercard program.

Each web-based slide show is driven by a story file that provides a list of the links to each web page that forms a slide in the slide show. Each link should be provided with a title that allows the slide to be identified.

How to Use the Story Controls

next arrow Click the next arrow to go to the next slide.

back arrow Click the back arrow to go to the previous slide.

new tab Click the new tab icon to show the current slide in its own tab or window.

question mark Click the question mark to show this introduction to the Story Utility in its own tab or window.

Use the dropdown menu to select a slide by title.

To the right of the dropdown menu, the total number of slides is shown so the user may see how many slides there are to view.


Someone reading a story on the web is most likely to use the next arrow and back arrow arrows to step forwards in the slide show or go backwards.

The dropdown menu may be used to get an overview of the slide show and to go immediately to a particular slide. This is the primary way to jump to a particular slide and it works equally well on a computer and on a mobile device.

The new tab icon new tab permits the viewer to show a particular slide in its own tab or window. This is especially useful if the slide is highly interactive or if it is a nested story.

Download and Documentation

To Download the full story directory so you may install the Story Utility on your site, click the Download link. You will get the file with all of the necessary files and images.

Click Full Documentation for the full Story Utility documentation provided as a story.

Software and documentation version: January 27, 2012