Three Open Source Timeline Tools And Thoughts On The Future Of News Timelines – 10,000 Words

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Three Open Source Timeline Tools And Thoughts On The Future Of News Timelines…    1. ProPublica’s Timeline Setter
Timeline Setter is by far my favorite of the open-source toosl because it’s easy to use and was created with a news organization in mind (read previous 10,000 Words coverage about Timeline Setter here). From the site’s description:   It is a command-line utility that takes a specially-structured CSV file as input and outputs standards-compliant HTML/CSS/JavaScript. It supports any span of time from minutes to years, and supports multiple parallel event series in a single timeline. It can handle custom descriptions and even arbitrary HTML in each event “card.” It creates fluid embeds that will look great at any width.   The CSV structure that powers the data for the timeline is relatively straight-forward. You have a column for the date, the title and the description, then an HTML field to input photos or video. If you’ve never used a Ruby package before or worked in command line, students at CUNY have put together a dead simple video tutorial to show you the way (part I embedded below; see part II on YouTube):
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