Coloured Slides for LaTeX

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This (La)TeX style file defines a new environment colourslide for producing coloured OHP slides using 12pt article style. Note that it requires colours.sty. The style is similar to slide.sty for monochrome slides. It is possible to use colourslide but set \nocolours for monochrome slides.


The parameter to colourslide is the title of the slide. Within the colourslide environment, individual points are introduced as list items. An example might be:

\begin{slide}{The History of the Grommet}

  etymology of `grommet'

  Victorian \highlight{technology} for making grommets

  grommets in the Twentieth Century


Bullet points may also be nested on a slide using explicit \begin{itemize} ... \end{itemize} lists. The subsidiary bullets are given different colours.

The following command highlights text using a distinctive colour:

  \highlight{important words}

The title command is redefined to give a Huge bold title. The part command is redefined to give a new page for each part. An empty slide (say for a hand-drawn diagram) may be produced with:


A plain slide without an itemized list may be produced with:


    \begin{figure} ... \end{figure}


Various parts of slides are coloured according to the following definitions. These may be redefined with \def (TeX) or \renewcommand (LaTeX).

  \bordercolour       \fillcolour
  \titlecolour        \authorcolour        \datecolour
  \partcolour         \slidecolour
  \bulleticolor       \texticolor
  \bulletiicolour     \textiicolor
  \bulletiiicolour    \textiiicolour
  \bulletivcolour     \textivcolour

The body text (not header or footer) may be framed with a rounded rectangle with the border and fill colours given as parameters:


Note that this needs to know the paper height (set to A4 in the file). Re-issue this command if the frame colours are altered:


As examples of colour schemes the following commands are defined, the last of which is selected by default:



First public version Ken Turner, 25/02/97

Second version Ken Turner, 12/03/97

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