Category Archives: Text Skimming

Visualizing Causes of Death in Georgian London

LondonLives.org is a collection of 240,000 historic manuscripts from eighteenth century London. These have been collected, organized and analyzed, such as Sharon Howard’s summary of 2894 coroner inquests from London 1760-1799 with each case including subjects, verdicts and causes of … Continue reading

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Visualizing with Text – Interactive Demos

Visualizing with Text now has interactive demos made with observable notebooks. One demo for word skimming is discussed including some code edits to make colorful text. Continue reading

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Variable Fonts vs. Parametric Fonts and Data Visualization

I’ve typically been using ready-made fonts to create font-based visualizations in this blog. However, sticking to ready-made fonts means that you get only one slope angle for italic, a few levels of weight, maybe a condensed version or maybe not. … Continue reading

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Readability

Readability and what it means for data visualization Type can be legible, but still unreadable. Consider this image: Beautiful Helvetica, mirrored and rotated 180 degrees. Two highly common words from the English language. Letters are perfectly legible and even turn … Continue reading

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Dickens and Oz formatted for Skimming

Text skimming is a strategy for rapidly getting the main ideas of a text, without reading all the words but instead dipping into the text, such as reading the first paragraph, unusual words, and proper nouns (e.g. BBC, AACC). Skimming can be useful … Continue reading

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Potential uses of font attributes in visualization

This is another post on the use of font-specific attributes and potential use in visualization. Marking up Text: e.g. Text Skimming, Speed Reading, Parts of Speech In some of my current research work, I am looking at using font-specific attributes … Continue reading

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