Interactive Documents with R

First Steps

You can go from installation to publishing a web-document in all of 5 minutes. Watch this screencast if you are not convinced!

If you have already installed slidify and slidifyLibraries, you can create and share an HTML5 slide deck in three simple steps.


The first step is to create a new directory mydeck and add the necessary scaffolding. If you have git installed, this step will also initialize the mydeck folder as a git repo, checkout its gh-pages branch, add and commit everything. Finally, it will open index.Rmd for you to edit.


Edit the YAML front matter (if you don't know what it is, just replace everything to the right of the : in the lines between the --- right at the top). Edit the deck, making sure to separate your slides by a blank line followed by three dashes ---.


The second step is to generate a html document from index.Rmd. It is a static file, which means that you can open it in your browser locally and it should display fine.



The third and last step is the magical step of publishing your deck. By default slidify is setup to publish to github. Login with your github account and create a new repository. Note that Github will prompt you to add a README file, but just use the defaults so that your repo is empty. You will need to have git installed on your computer and be able to push to github using SSH

# replace USER and REPO with your username and reponame
publish(user = "USER", repo = "REPO", host = 'github')

You can also publish to RPubs by setting mode: standalone, running slidify and then pushing it to rpubs.

publish(title = "My First Deck", host = 'rpubs')