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Segunda-feira, 18 de Outubro de 2010
Writing images

 

A first glimpse into data visualization development makes JavaScript libraries popup from a scene where Flash is still a leading figure, a non-semantic and deprecated protagonist. Folks at The New York Times and The Guardian still use it, though. Now why would they?

 

The current paradigm is changing. Data designers no longer have to build heavy, plugin-required, Google-enemy and iPhone unsupported Flash applications. They can now write their images, directly into the browsers, using JavaScript libraries that translate their code into W3C standard and widely-supported SVG graphics. That might be the future. That and the amazing HTML5 canvas element, too.

 

For the last days I've been testing out some JavaScript libraries and built some SVG graphics. Only two of those libraries made my eyes roll: Protovis and Polymaps. Why? They're easy, understandable, fully documented and have some brilliant folks behind them: the guys from Stamen Design (Polymaps) and the dudes from the Stanford Visualization Group (Protovis).




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