In this article you will find more than 20 unique and worth knowing CSS Data Visualization Techniques. The techniques show in this article reallt takes CSS to a new level and even if you’re not going to visualize data you may get inspired from investigating them.
Use CSS to show nice looking bar graphs based on just div and span tags
Here are three techniques for incorporating data visualization into standards-based navigation patterns.
Is there a way to display text-based data on a map, keeping it accessible, useful and visually attractive? Yes: using an accessible CSS-based map in which the underlying map data is separated from the visual layout.
StyleMap uses valid HTML, CSS and a touch of DOM scripting to produce a visual sitemap out of an embedded definition list. The result is a functional, scalable, and above-all rapid way to produce a tree-style map for the planning stages of your project.
How to produce a single, semantically logical ordered list that wraps into vertical columns.
This simple technique just adds bars to a list of items behind the text (check out the finished example for an idea of what we’re shooting for). It works for lists of any length. Longer lists benefit from being sorted by count since the relative values of the bars are easier to read when they are sequential. In this example, we’re going to display the count for each item in the list, but you can leave that out if the value is less important on its own and you’re just showing the relative values for comparison.
Using CSS and PHP you can create attractive bar graphs (yes, even the stacked kind) that are always up to date.
- Table headers are there but hidden using the aural text class discussed in a previous article. Sighted users have already received information on what the chart is about.
- A bar is created using an image which is stretched to the appropriate size.
- Bar widths are calculated relative to the largest value.
- Value cells have a repeated background image which shows the vertical lines.
- Browsing the chart without CSS or images will render an ordinary table.
- Value labels can be hidden by using the aural text class.
Here you use pre-made background images to shade in the appropriate data.
Here you find two examples of styling lists into horizontal bar charts. Each definition list item is assigned a class that adjusts its width using percentage units.
Easy way to display a simple percentage graph using PHP to work out the percentages and do the maths and CSS to display the data on our page.
Data visualization is mostly achieved with flash applications or with help of some programming languages. Are those solutions the only way to present, let’s say simple data chart? How about giving it a try with nothing but good ol’ css?
This is simple bar-graph that shows data by month.
Here’s a fairly typical vertical bar graph showing a hypothetical set of quarterly data for, say, invoice and collection totals. The difference here is that the whole thing is a simple set of nested lists and CSS. Really.
This technique takes structured html, replace text with images and by using css sprites and absolute positioning it creates a simulation of a line graph.
A scatter plot is a great way to graph two-dimensional data. Each data point is clickable in this solution.
This is a purely DHTML/ CSS based Pie Graph script. It loads fast and blends in with the rest of the page. You can even use a transparent background for it!
This vertical bar graph is done completely using DHTML and CSS! Unlike an applet based solution, this loads fast and blends in with the rest of the page. You can even use a transparent background for it!
This line graph is done completely using DHTML and CSS! Unlike an applet based solution, this loads fast and blends in with the rest of the page. You can even use a transparent background for it!
There are plenty of CSS bar graph interpretations, but none of them did stacked bar graphs. So I’ve done it here. Based off Alen Grakalic’s Pure CSS Data Chart.