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Learning Responsive Data Visualization

By : Christoph Körner
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Learning Responsive Data Visualization

By: Christoph Körner

Overview of this book

Using D3.js and Responsive Design principles, you will not just be able to implement visualizations that look and feel awesome across all devices and screen resolutions, but you will also boost your productivity and reduce development time by making use of Bootstrap—the most popular framework for developing responsive web applications. This book teaches the basics of scalable vector graphics (SVG), D3.js, and Bootstrap while focusing on Responsive Design as well as mobile-first visualizations; the reader will start by discovering Bootstrap and how it can be used for creating responsive applications, and then implement a basic bar chart in D3.js. You will learn about loading, parsing, and filtering data in JavaScript and then dive into creating a responsive visualization by using Media Queries, responsive interactions for Mobile and Desktop devices, and transitions to bring the visualization to life. In the following chapters, we build a fully responsive interactive map to display geographic data using GeoJSON and set up integration testing with Protractor to test the application across real devices using a mobile API gateway such as AWS Device Farm. You will finish the journey by discovering the caveats of mobile-first applications and learn how to master cross-browser complications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning Responsive Data Visualization
About the Author
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Cross-browser SVG features

We already saw in the previous chapters that SVG is only supported by Internet Explorer 9 and higher versions. Providing a complete cross-browser compatibility for the previous versions of Internet Explorer is not impossible but challenging. Theoretically, you can use a wrapper (for example, Raphael.js) to convert D3's output into the valid VML; however, this is tricky, difficult, and not a good solution performance wise. In this case, it would be even better to not use D3 at all for this problem as it will not give you additional benefits.

Whenever we spoke about SVG support, we were speaking about the basic SVG support and hence the SVG 1.1 specification. However, there are more interesting features that you can use in your application, where some of them have a different compatibility. Let's look at these features.

SVG animations

We have already talked about SMIL animations in the previous chapters; however, we want to bring it up again. Although compatibility...