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Accessible Data Visualization and Take Control of Your Maps

Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards

by Wilson Miner · 31 Comments

When designing interfaces for browsing data-driven sites, creating navigation elements that are also visualization tools helps the user make better decisions. Wilson Miner demonstrates three techniques for incorporating data visualization into standards-based navigation patterns.

Take Control of Your Maps

by Paul Smith · 30 Comments

It is now possible to replicate Google Maps’ functionality with open source software and produce high-quality mapping applications tailored to your design goals. Paul Smith shows how.

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