In my slide deck, there are no slides until they are loaded in. They get pulled file by file, and so there’s little to no chance of leakage of content between slides. Unfortunately in reveal.js, since it’s a single
index.html file, just one syntax error on a
<section> div can cause leakage like the above example. I felt awful for Monty at the time, because his talk was genuinely interesting and engaging, but having “Shakespeare” appear everywhere was distracting, and something not easily rectified.
I know that you can print reveal.js out to PDF, but I can never remember how to do it. The way is to append
?print-pdf to the query string of the slidedeck, then
File > Print to PDF. The webpage will look weird, but the preview should look sane. This does not include fragments, however.
In one deck I did, I ended up having 15 hand-crafted transitional inkscape images because I couldn’t use fragments and the CSS was annoying me. You can do fragments in reveal.js by using
class="fragment" on any node. But reveal.js also has an awesome markdown plugin, which means you can use
data-markdown=file to pull in data. Except there’s no nice way I can see to flag part of the markdown as a fragment.
As I said at the start - you can totally just tell when something is reveal.js. Just like you can spot Comic Sans and Word Art from a mile away, reveal.js’s standard themes are highly noticeable. My decks have always used a variation on the default Shower theme - PT Sans Narrow, black and while, top-left aligned. No progress bars, no navigation, no cube transitions, not using center gravity where I can help it. All these things are what make reveal.js stand out, but, they are actually super easy to disable.
Reveal.initialize() defines the following:
transition. These are all enabled by default, but can be disabled, and actually make the deck entirely usable, but visually less cluttered and easier to read.
As for my preferred fonts, a copy of the default black theme and a
s/source-sans/PT-Sans/g got most of it. The problem is that if I want to use anything super super fancy like
reveal-md, there’s no way I can see to import my custom theme :(
The problem with using any artisanal product is that for a sufficiently small user base, there will be no improvements. reveal.js has so many users and such a rich feature set that if anything I mentioned hasn’t already gotten an issue placed against it with features being created, it will be soon. And that’s awesome.
I’m going to try a reveal.js deck for my next full-length presentation. It might be an interesting test to see if I can handle having all this power and speaker notes and all the shiny, without it being boldly “Look at me, I’m using Word Art!”