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Click your way to health. Oh, and email visualization.

The SVG renderer is in and brought with it much refactoring of the renderers. Cairo still works. But what does this buy us?

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It buys us a working clickable demo of posterity with the visterity plugin. And a second one too. (You probably need to be using Firefox for it to work. And one with SVG support to boot. Firefox 2.0.0.6 on Ubuntu gutsy definitely works at the minimum.)

Oh, I should probably clarify “working”. I used Firefox’s “Save Page As…” functionality so you get the same experience I got when browsing that page. But if you think you can click on any of the other links and read my e-mail, you will be sadly disappointed.

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For the unadventurous, I will tell you what you could do if you clicked on either of those images:

  • The circular nodes have title attributes with the name of the author of the email, so if you hover you get a tooltip with their name. (Not fancified, but it could be.)
  • Clicking on the circular nodes expands the e-mail in the conversation and smooth-scrolls you to that e-mail.

It does not get you any form of connection in the opposite direction. So as you move your mouse over the message headers, the messages in the visualization do not light up. However, I probably wouldn’t be bringing that up if I didn’t plan to address it. I mean, who would do that and make themselves look bad? Not me, certainly. I’m cagey.

Oh, and please keep in mind that these visualizations are not intended to be polished in any way shape or form. In fact, it took all of 5 minutes to throw the time-line vis together, which would explain why the use of color is rather redundant. (It would be okay if I had an animated transition between that visualization and another visualization. But I don’t. It turns out I’m okay with making myself look bad.)