I have found some examples where a document, which is not a presentation, was nevertheless typeset with a papersize fitting screen aspect ratio:
These documents also have a corresponding "print version", with traditional papersize and design, probably created from the same source file with different preambles. The article mode of the
beamer class also seems to encourage this idea.
I'm interested in
- examples where this approach was used; was it successful, and why/why not?
- is this idea more prevalent in ConTeXt? is it easier to do this in ConTeXt than in LaTeX?
- other ways to do this in (La)TeX; documentclasses/packages I don't know about
- maybe other software more suitable for this than TeX systems. After all TeX is generally oriented towards printed material... or not?
At my university they almost never distribute printed lecture notes. Instead, the material is always available online (in fact I heard that this is required from all lecturers).
In some cases the online material is in A4 form, written with Word or LaTeX; and in other cases the material is the lecture slides, created with LaTeX or PowerPoint. Some students prefer on-screen viewing and studying, and others print out everything.
Now I've read somewhere that the A4 scrolling format is not really pleasant for on-screen viewing. On the other hand printing a set of slides on A4 paper is not really economical. The above documents give me the (purely theoretical) idea that teachers could (were they all using TeX) create screen and print versions of their material so that everyone can learn comfortably.