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deck.rb

slides in markdown, using deck.js

Home: http://github.com/alexch/deck.rb

Installation

gem install deckrb

Usage

Put this in a file named meals.md:

# Breakfast
* scrambled eggs
* coffee
* bacon

# Lunch
## Ham Sandwich
## Caesar Salad

<!SLIDE>
![a picture of my lunch](ham-sandwich.jpg)

# Dinner
> "To eat is to live." -Anon.
<!VIDEO u1zgFlCw8Aw>

then run this:

deck meals.md

and you'll get a web server running on http://localhost:4333 serving up a slide presentation with four slides:

  • One titled "Breakfast" with three bullet points
  • One titled "Lunch" with three H2 headers ("Lunch", "Ham Sandwich", and "Caesar Salad")
  • One with no headers, just a picture (stored in the same directory as meals.md)
  • One titled "Dinner" with a blockquote and an embedded youtube video player

Details

deck.js is a JavaScript library for building slide presentations using HTML 5. deck.rb builds on top of deck.js, adding some features:

  • clean(ish) page skeleton allows you to focus on your slides, not the HTML/CSS infrastructure
  • multiple slide source formats, including
    • Markdown
    • should be easy to add other formats
  • presentations can span several source files, and can be assembled piecemeal
  • source files look good as source, built HTML, preview HTML, or as a deck doc
    • each H1 (single hash) designates the beginning of a new slide
    • explicit !SLIDE or <!SLIDE> directives can split slides too -- use <!SLIDE> so they look like comments when rendered into normal HTML
    • links to image files are resolved relative to the source file -- no more broken images in markdown previews, and no need to put all your images in a separate directory!
    • add CSS classes to slides inside the slide directive - - e.g. <!SLIDE center> gives <section class="slide center">
    • generated HTML is pretty-printed for easier "view source"
  • uses deck.js' "swiss" and "horizontal-slide" themes (configurable)
  • uses several deck.js extensions, including goto, menu, navigation, status, hash, and scale
  • uses RedCarpet markdown extensions, including
  • mostly backwards-compatible with Showoff, i.e. you can specify a showoff.json file on the command line
  • if the parameter (or 'sections' entry) starts with '# ' then it's parsed as literal markdown, not a file
  • code syntax highlighting using Coderay
    • specify language at the top of the block using either ::: or @@@
    • e.g. @@@ ruby
  • there's a simple table of contents (click the [contents] link on lower left to toggle)
    • this is currently very primitive and should be redone and/or integrated into deck.js
  • lines beginning with .notes are skipped

Command-Line API

deck foo.md

  • start a local Rack server (probably Sinatra) on port 4333
  • http://localhost:4333/ serves the presentation built from foo.md
  • can specify multiple source files in a row
  • can also specify a showoff.json file to load multiple markdown files

Options

        --port, -p <i>:   Specify alternate port (default: 4333)
           --build, -b:   Build an HTML file instead of launching a server (WARNING: not very useful yet)
       --style, -s <s>:   Specify the style theme from deck.js/themes/style/ (default: swiss)
  --transition, -t <s>:   Specify the transition theme from deck.js/themes/transition/ (default: horizontal-slide)
         --version, -v:   Print version and exit
            --help, -h:   Show this message

Themes

deck.js has several themes for styling and animating your presentation. You can select these from the command line or from a showoff.json file with the style and transition options. Currently the following themes are available:

Style Themes

  • neon
  • swiss
  • web-2.0

Transition Themes

  • fade
  • horizontal-slide
  • vertical-slide

Deploying to Heroku

To deploy your slides as a Heroku app, put them into a Git repo, and add a file called config.ru with contents like this:

require "rubygems"
require "bundler"
Bundler.setup
Bundler.require

require 'deck/rack_app'
run Deck::RackApp.build('slides.md')

and a Gemfile like this:

gem "deckrb"

Then deploy to Heroku as usual (e.g. heroku apps:create).

Note that Deck::RackApp.build can accept either a filename or an array of filenames. It also accepts options, e.g.

run Deck::RackApp.build('slides.md', transition: 'fade')

Known Issues (Bugs and Limitations)

  • If you're running Webrick, you may not be able to kill the server with Ctrl-C. This is apparently due to a bug in recent versions of Webrick.
    • Workaround: gem install thin -- if thin is installed, deck will use it instead of webrick
  • Auxiliary files (e.g. images) are interleaved in URL path space, so overlapping file names might not resolve to the right file.
    • todo: rewrite internal links to files and serve them relative to current dir, not slide dir
  • H1s (which split slides) are converted to H2s for compatibility with deck.js's CSS themes
    • unless they're the only item on the slide, in which case they remain H1s
  • We use RedCarpet to process markdown, which doesn't work exactly the same as RDiscount... for example:
    • indented code blocks under a bullet point may need to be indented more
    • code blocks must be separated from the previous text by a newline
  • Slide scaling isn't perfect; sometimes either resizing or reloading will improve the layout.

Report bugs on http://github.com/alexch/deck.rb/issues

Credits

See Also

TODO

  • fix title tag (base it off of presentation name or something)
  • scale images to fit on the page
  • if no files are specified, use either './showoff.json' or all .md files under current directory
  • deck.json config file
  • config options:
    • show/hide theme selector
    • show/hide page number/nav
    • choose deck extensions
    • theme
    • specify which Redcarpet Markdown extensions to use
  • command-line tool can take a directory
    • first pass: globs all *.md files in it
  • command-line options (overriding or complementing config file options)
    • --output dir
    • --config deck.json
    • --theme themename
  • more slide file types
  • option to render all JS and CSS inline, for a self-contained HTML doc
  • deck --build dir foo.md
    • create a self-contained static site inside dir
    • copies (or inlines) deck.js source, generated html, and axiliary files e.g. images
    • hell, maybe it should inline everything including images (using those base64 urls or whatever) into a single HTML file
  • build and push into a gh-pages branch
  • build and push into a heroku app
  • find any lines that start with a

    .(something) and turn them into

    • see showoff.rb:189
  • some way to build/rebuild a project that is deployable to heroku
  • PDF
  • rewrite internal links to files and serve them relative to current dir, not slide dir
  • custom .css, .scss, and .js files, which will get imported into all slides
  • support some more extensions https://github.com/imakewebthings/deck.js/wiki
  • improve table of contents
    • nested sections
    • disappear when clicked outside of, esc pressed, etc.
    • close box
  • requests from Christopher Gandrud http://christophergandrud.blogspot.com/2012/05/aspirational-useful-deckrb-with.html
    • There really aren’t title slides.
    • The slideshow opens as a locally hosted webserver, and the command to build a stand alone HTML presentation doesn’t seem to work that well (hence no example included with this post).
    • It only allows you to use the Swiss template.
    • I couldn’t figure out how to easily get MathJax support to display equations.

TODO (community)

License

The MIT License

deck.js Copyright (c) 2011 Caleb Troughton

deck.rb Copyright (c) 2011-12 Alex Chaffee

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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