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What is reveal.js?
Reveal.js is a framework for creating slick HTML-based presentations. Based on Node.js, reveal.js provides a highly customisable presentation experience, with slides being authored in HTML and/or Markdown.
How to use this image
Encapsulating a presentation inside an image
Once a reveal.js presentation has been successfully authored, it can be encapsulated inside a Docker image. This makes it easy to store and share presentations - presentations can be pulled from a registry as a Docker image, with its content baked inside the image.
In order to encapsulate a presentation inside an image, use the
onbuild variant. To build the image, create a
Dockerfile with the single instruction:
and ensure the following are in the build context:
index.html // the basis of the presentation md/ // a directory containing a file with slides in markdown format, if required media/ // a directory containing any media used in the presentation, if required
The media directory can contain video or image files for your presentation; just reference them relative to the current working directory; e.g.
<img src="media/UTS_Namespace.svg" alt="UTS Namespace" />
Additionally, the following directories are required in the build context for the inclusion of any customisations (see https://github.com/hakimel/reveal.js#folder-structure):
css/ js/ plugin/ lib/
Not all presentations will require content in all of the directories above. However, because Docker doesn't currently have a conditional
Dockerfile instruction, all of the above MUST exist in the build context, even if the directories are empty, otherwise the build will fail.
To build a Docker image encapsulating the presentation, and then run it; from the build context:
$ docker build -t my_presentation . $ docker run -it --rm -p 8000:8000 my_presentation
Once a presentation is baked inside a Docker image, seemingly its configuration is fixed. The
onbuild image, however, contains an entrypoint script which allows for runtime configuration. For example, to override the configuration of a presentation that normally requires the presenter stepping through the slides, so that it 'auto presents', use the following:
$ docker run -it --rm -p 8000:8000 my_presentation --loop=true --autoSlide=5000 --autoSlideStoppable=true
The entrypoint script updates the
index.html file at runtime to reflect the chosen configuration. To find out what configuration options are available at runtime, run:
$ docker run --rm my_presentation --help
There are a large number of customisations available!
Developing a presentation
Developing an HTML-based presentation with reveal.js is an iterative process, and its important to review changes as you progress. It is much easier to do this without having to build a new Docker image each time you make a change. For developing presentations, use the standard image version, and mount your presentation content from the host into the container.
If you run the standard image without any mounted content, you'll get the standard reveal.js demo presentation:
$ docker run -it --rm -p 8000:8000 nbrown/revealjs
If you have a presentation, with your content located in the current working directory, you might invoke the presentation using:
$ docker run -it --rm -p 8000:8000 -v $PWD/index.html:/reveal.js/index.html \ -v $PWD/media:/reveal.js/media -v $PWD/custom.css:/reveal.js/css/theme/custom.css \ -v $PWD/menu:/reveal.js/plugin/menu nbrown/revealjs
Changes that are made to the
index.html file are watched for, and (provided the file is mounted RW) a server reload occurs when changes are saved. Hence, refreshing your browser will show the effects of any changes made to the
index.html file, without a restart of the container.
This image can also be used to create themes for reveal.js. Themes are authored using Sass. Once you've defined your theme in Sass, it can be compiled into CSS using the standard image. Create an empty file in your presentation directory for the compiled Sass, mount this into your container along with the Sass source file, and issue the
grunt css-themes command to compile it into CSS:
$ > custom.css $ docker run -it --rm -v $PWD/custom.css:/reveal.js/css/themes/custom.css \ -v $PWD/custom.scss:/reveal.js/css/themes/source/custom.scss nbrown/revealjs \ grunt css-themes
custom.css file will now contain your theme as CSS, and can be used in your presentation by mounting into your container at runtime.