Providing a graphical representation of data within a web page is easier than one might imagine. With the right piece of software the task becomes quite straight forward and the graphical results will be impressive.
The first thing to decide is what type of graph to use to represent the data. This largely depends upon the nature of the data and the relationship between the data items. For instance if the data varies over time then a line graph or vertical bar graph would be far more appropriate than a pie chart. However if the data represented sales figures by region then perhaps a pie chart would be the best choice.
Typically adding graphical functionality to a web pages involves adding a small amount html code, setting some configuration settings (like fonts and colors) and supplying the data. The graph software will then read the data and configuration at page view time and produce the graph image dynamically within the page.
In addition to creating the graph image, the graphical object can also provide the user with interactive features like pop up value displays upon mouse over and hyper link functionality upon a mouse click.
Why Show Data in Graphical Format ?
Tables of data are well and good but the human eye prefers pictures. By representing data graphically the viewer can take in a large amount of information in a very short period of time. With a graph any trend within the data becomes easy to spot. Similarly if any of the data is lower or higher than the norm then this too is immediately obvious to the viewer. Both of these are particularly important where the graph is representing some sort of performance data.
A good graphical display is pleasing to the eye and therefore can have the effect of impressing the viewer and encourage them to read more of a page or site. As such a professional looking graph has a positive knock on effect for the rest of a site.
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