[LCA2015-Chat] Speakers, a helper to make your slides even more awesome!

Tim Ansell mithro at mithis.com
Mon Dec 8 13:40:24 EST 2014

Helo speakers!

Everyone, including myself, makes similar mistakes when creating slides. To
help try and solve this problem I've funded the development of a "lint
tool" for your slides!

Similar to lint tools for code (such as pylint or jslint) it checks that
you don't make common mistakes with your slides. The tool is able to check
PDF slides, you should be able to export such a version in Google Docs,
LibreOffice or even *gasp* Microsoft Powerpoint.

There is a website version at http://slidelint.net/ and a downloadable
version at http://github.com/timvideos/slidelint

For the downloadable version; you should be able to do

Install it with;
$ sudo pip install setuptools --upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre zlib1g-dev libxml2-dev libxslt-dev
python-lxml python-dev poppler-utils poppler-data
$ sudo pip install

Run with;
$ slidelint presentation.pdf

I'd love help getting this into a Debian package so people can just
"apt-get install slidelint". Other distro packaging welcome too, but I'll
be unable to test it. There is also the start of a docker image at

slidelint is still very new software, so it is bound to get things wrong.
I'd love if you reported bugs, issues (at http://b.slidelint.net/) or just
shared presentations it was unable to check. Of course, any help is very
welcome! The developer I'm working with is not a native English speaker, so
even simple things like helping proof read the documentation would be
extremely useful.

Looking forward to seeing everyones slides at LCA2015 be even more awesome!

Tim 'mithro' Ansell
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