Creating HTML5 slides with RStudio, knitr and pandoc
Posted on February 26, 2015
Lately I’ve been spending some time learning how to create slides using HTML5. The good news for R users is that we can generate our html5 slides with R studio, knitr, and pandoc. The not so good news is that, as usual, the learning curve can be relatively steep for newbies, inexperienced users, or html5 illiterate guys like me.
The main source of information is Yihui Xie’s knitr website which is full of information and demos. It’s really amazing the contribution that Xie has done and I admire his awesome work. However, although there’s plenty of information in the knitr’s website, I wasn’t able to find a tutorial on how to create html5 slides in a relatively easy beginners-style way. So I decided to create a short tutorial that hopefully will help you to get a better idea on how to create your own slides.
A little bit about HTML5 slides
HTML5 slides is just another tool that you can use for creating slides instead of using Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Presentation, etc. If you haven’t seen html5 slides before, just take a look at these examples:
Personally, I see HTML5 slides as another useful resource that I can use for my work. I don’t think it will substitute my use of other slideware, but it can definitely be used as an interesting alternative. Especially if you are interested in reproducible documents containing chunks of R code and graphics, it’s worthwhile to try it.
Some other general resources about HTML5 slides and HTML5 frameworks (that you can use out of the box)