0.4 How to Read

last updated March 5, 2020

Data Visualization for All refers to both this open-access digital book and a free online course by the same name. We refer to them as “the book” and “the course.”

This open-access book-in-progress is freely available in two formats: Web and PDF. Read the online Web edition at (http://datavizforall.org) to fully experience the interactive charts, maps, and video clips. Any modern web browser will display the book, but readers may prefer larger screens (desktop, laptop, tablet) over smaller screens (such as smartphones). In your web browser, try these toolbar features near the top of the page:

  • Menu
  • Search
  • Font to adjust text size and display
  • View source code on GitHub
  • Download PDF
  • Shortcuts (arrow keys to navigate; s to toggle sidebar; f to toggle search)
  • Social Media
  • Share

A second option is to freely download the PDF edition, which you can print out on paper for off-line reading. Although static images will appear in place of interactive maps and videos, the text and source notes in the PDF version are nearly identical to the web version. Since this digital-first has been created primarily for the web, some aspects of the book-in-progress may appear incomplete in the PDF edition. After the final manuscript is completed, a cleaner PDF version will be formatted, which the publisher will use to create an inexpensive paperback edition for sale.

Use a second monitor

If you have a small screen, consider connecting a second monitor, or work next to a second computer or tablet. This allows you to view tutorials in one screen and build visualizations in the other screen.

Image: Laptop with second monitor, and with tablet

Refresh browser

To view the most up-to-date content in your web browser, do a “hard refresh” to bypass any saved content in your browser cache. - Ctrl + F5 (most Windows-Linux browsers) - Command + Shift + R (Chrome or Firefox for Mac) - Shift + Reload button toolbar (Safari for Mac)