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A New Way to Display Timelines on the Web

ProPublica releases free tool for creating dynamic timelines

Timelines are a great tool for visual explanation, but also time consuming to create. ProPublica speeds the job with its TimelineSetter tool for creating beautiful interactive HTML timelines from information entered into a simple spreadsheet. The program automatically creates a package of HTML and JavaScript code that can be dropped into a web page. TimelineSetter displays the events as a series of color bars on the scrollable timeline, which when clicked present additional information.

Although a powerful time saver, ProPublica wasted no time on providing a friendly user interface. TimelineSetter is a javascript that runs form the computer’s command line. This may be too geeky for most journalists so a bit more effort from ProPublica would probably go a long way to popularize their otherwise very useful tool.

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