I got a few questions today about my slides, so I thought I’d do a quick writeup on how they’re made.

There’s a package called showoff which allows you to write your slides in Markdown and style them with CSS. Then it hosts a local web service on localhost:9090 by default by just running showoff serve. Your slides are there, and you can just click through them for your presentation.

You can include code examples, images, incremental bullets, etc all by just writing some markdown.

I’ve been using this for my talks for about a year and a half now, and I find it perfectly flexible to handle everything I want. Its amazing how gracefully it can transition from an outline into a presentation.

Check out my markup on my CICONF slides, or go directly to the README for showoff!