6. jQuery Google Charts
7. jQuery Sparklines
A sparkline is a type of informational graphic first proposed by statistician and visual communication expert Edward Tufte. Perhaps its biggest strength is the simple formatting used to present data in an easily understandable, no-nonsense way.
If you're a jQuery user, you can easily create sparkline-oriented charts using the jQuery Sparklines plugin. While capable of creating simple sparklines of the type first envisioned by Tufte, jQuery Sparklines goes far beyond the fundamental features, allowing you to create eye-appealing variations.
Figure 6. Sample Sparklines (courtesy of jQuery Sparklines home page)
Figure 7. Creating a Complex Multi-Layer Line Chart with JSCharts (courtesy of JSCharts.com/examples)
JSCharts is free for non-commercial use, and is available for commercial use for $149.
Figure 9. Charting Google Analytics with Raphaël (courtesy of raphaeljs.com/analytics)
As I mentioned, RaphaÃ«l is capable of stretching the boundaries of typical chart design. Check out Figure 10 for a cutting-edge example.
Figure 10. I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Looks Cool! (courtesy of raphaeljs.com/analytics)
10. The YUI Charts Control
Like the Google Chart Tools project, Yahoo offers a tremendous number of developer resources for learning how to effectively use the YUI Charts Control. Check out the documentation for examples, API notes, and much more.
About the Author
Jason Gilmore is the founder of EasyPHPWebsites.com. He also is the author of several popular books, including "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework", "Easy PayPal with PHP", and "Beginning PHP and MySQL, Third Edition".