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Tue 19 November 2019 - read time: 2 min.

What I Have Learned Today - #015



This morning I was preparing a presentation. Being fed up with the bulkiness of MS PowerPoint I was wanting to have lighter alternative. Having seen other people using similar products, I did find a presentation tool called Remark, a slideshow based on JavaScript that can run in a browser.

I had a play with it (bit of a learning curve), and initial thoughts on it are positive. What I like about it:

  • Lightweight. You only need a few files downloaded without any installation
  • Markdown. You can specify a whole presentation from a text editor
  • Presenter mode. With built in timer and the speaker notes coming from the same markdown

The examples on their project page are great to get you started but I already made a few improvements:

  • Put the markdown in in a separate file
  • Using a local copy of the CSS
  • Using a local copy of remark.js

For me this works better as you don’t need an internet connection and it allows for easier editing.

HTML example. code snippet in article text

<!DOCTYPE html>
       <meta charset="utf-8" />
       <meta name="keywords" content="Conference feedback, presentation, remark" />
       <meta name="description" content="Conference Feedback" />
       <title>Conference feedback</title>
       <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../assets/presentation-stylesheet.css">
       <script src="../assets/remark.js" type="text/javascript">
       <script type="text/javascript">
          var slideshow = remark.create({
          sourceUrl: './',
          ratio: '4:3'   });

This post is part of a series of articles about “What I Have Learned Today”; acknowledging every day the thing I have learned. Feel free to read the other posts. all opinions in this article are my own and not necessarily represent the views of my employer.