Timeline
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Timeline

Timeline

Description

A Timeline is a graphical way of displaying a list of events in chronological order. Some Timelines work on a scale, while others simply display events in sequence.

The main function of Timelines is to communicate time-related information, either for analysis or to visually present a story or view of history.

If scale-based, a Timeline allows you to see when things occur or are to occur, by allowing the viewer to assess the time intervals between events. This allows the viewer to see any patterns appearing over any selected time periods or how events are distributed that time period.

Sometimes a graph is combined with the Timeline to show how quantitative data changes over time.



Functions

Data over time


When scaled:

Distribution
Patterns




Anatomy

Timeline







Variations

None

Tools to Generate Visualisation

Google Charts Timeline.js Tiki-Toki Vega