Timelines for readers
Description:If you read literature that contains historical characters, it is rather convenient
to have at hand a simple printed diagram that clearly shows their existence and
relation in time. See this example on Christiaan Huygens.
Here, you can print your own charts. I usually have them folded inside my books
for quick reference. The print format is for the moment limited to A4 Landscape.
A short note on this:
Some 12 years ago I made a small solution for myself after getting tired of doing
all this by hand. I used then c#, mssql and asp.net. After a while, I wanted to make
it public since at the time there wasn't really anything similar in the internet or
at least I didn't find any. I asked a friend of mine, Samuel, to rewrite the c# code
for the charting class. He is a far better programmer and so I was handed, after a
few days, a very elegant and fast code for the public version. Alas back then, the
web hosting services for asp.net didn't have a very attractive price tag and so it
Many years have passed and there are nowadays, practically tons of timelines tools
available but I keep finding them excessively cluttered. I needed clarity and
simplicity above all. Fortunately, there are nowadays some free API's for
charting. Reducing enormously the amount of code you need to write. So, I decided
to reopen the project opting for Highcharts
, an incredibly well written library
and free for personal and non-profit projects. The only thing I needed was to
switch to php and mysql. Which is what my web hosting package offers me.
All that said, my only intention is to have clear, simple charts without flying
saucers or special effects. So, I'll keep improving the database and functionality
but the prints will remain pretty much the same. It is always possible to add extra
information by hand if one really desires it.