I should preface this post by saying that my grasp of coding languages is tenuous at best. Most of my background is html and css stems from coding Myspace profile themes for my friends in the mid-2000’s, and I went to a high school that thought Visual Basic was still a relevant coding language in 2008. I college I took a course on backend web development, but even that was mostly creating sign-up sheets without any styling and praying that the data read to a server database.
For our first timeline assignment, I tried to make a pseudo-Gantt chart style timeline of major events in the Animal Rights Movement. My intention was to split major events into three categories; advances for animals used in experimentation, advances in factory farming, and major milestones for the movement itself.
Using start years and end years, I wanted to make something in the vein of this visualization:
I am still toying with the code and I am hoping to have it operational soon, however I think this is a lesson in taking it slow. I will probably go back to the drawing board and declare all my information as constants and see how that goes before I try messing with data parsing any further, and then slowly pluck away at these more long term design goals throughout the semester. Similarly, there are some other beautiful visualization packages like Highchart that I would like to play around with before deciding to rally behind D3 completely.