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Re: Finding the best spot to put a label in a graph

by SciDude (Friar)
on Aug 15, 2004 at 00:39 UTC ( #383031=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Finding the best spot to put a label in a graph

The best solution may be no labels at all!

Although more of a design question than a perl question, consider study of Edward Tufte. There are quite a few "Tufte Representations" contained in his books and classes that may help you. Tufte also sponsors a forum for such topics that cover many similiar issues, such as label alignment.

For multiple triangles I would consider the "mini multiples" approach. In short, you draw one representative triangle with clear labels and then leave the labels off of all other similar items on the page. You will find the approach clear and avoids "graph clutter/chart junk." Tufte has applied this approach to display of medical status (one example.) For somewhat more complex data you may find the Knight's Tour approch interesting. A group of semimagic solutions can be seen as small multiples.

I would love to see more of your code!

The first dog barks... all other dogs bark at the first dog.
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