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    Rickshaw

    Rickshaw is a JavaScript toolkit for creating interactive time series graphs, developed at Shutterstock

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    Getting Started

    Getting started with a simple graph is straightforward. Here's the gist:

    var graph = new Rickshaw.Graph( {
      element: document.querySelector('#graph'),
      series: [
        {
          color: 'steelblue',
          data: [ { x: 0, y: 23}, { x: 1, y: 15 }, { x: 2, y: 79 } ]
        }, {
          color: 'lightblue',
          data: [ { x: 0, y: 30}, { x: 1, y: 20 }, { x: 2, y: 64 } ]
        }
      ]
    } );
    
    graph.render();
    

    See the overview, tutorial, and examples for more.

    Install

    In the browser, manually add rickshaw.min.js and rickshaw.min.css in the document head.

    Alternatively, you can install Rickshaw using Bower or npm.

    # With bower
    bower install rickshaw
    # With npm
    npm install --save rickshaw
    

    Dependencies

    Rickshaw relies on the fantastic D3 visualization library to do lots of the heavy lifting for stacking and rendering to SVG.

    Some extensions require jQuery and jQuery UI, but for drawing some basic graphs you'll be okay without.

    Rickshaw uses jsdom to run unit tests in Node to be able to do SVG manipulation. As of the jsdom 7.0.0 release, jsdom requires Node.js 4 or newer jsdom changelog. If you want to run the tests on your machine, and you don't have access to a version of node >= 4.0, you can npm install jsdom@3 so that you can run the tests using the 3.x branch of jsdom.

    Rickshaw.Graph

    A Rickshaw graph. Send an element reference, series data, and optionally other properties to the constructor before calling render() to point the graph. A listing of properties follows. Send these as arguments to the constructor, and optionally set them later on already-instantiated graphs with a call to configure()

    element

    A reference to an HTML element that should hold the graph.

    series

    Array of objects containing series data to plot. Each object should contain data at a minimum, a sorted array of objects each with x and y properties. Optionally send a name and color as well. Some renderers and extensions may also support additional keys.

    renderer

    A string containing the name of the renderer to be used. Options include area, stack, bar, line, and scatterplot. Defaults to line. Also see the multi meta renderer in order to support different renderers per series.

    width

    Width of the graph in pixels. Falls back to the width of the element, or defaults to 400 if the element has no width.

    height

    Height of the graph in pixels. Falls back to the height of the element, or defaults to 250 if the element has no height.

    min

    Lower value on the Y-axis, or auto for the lowest value in the series. Defaults to 0.

    max

    Highest value on the Y-axis. Defaults to the highest value in the series.

    padding

    An object containing any of top, right, bottom, and left properties specifying a padding percentage around the extrema of the data in the graph. Defaults to 0.01 on top for 1% padding, and 0 on other sides. Padding on the bottom only applies when the yMin is either negative or auto.

    interpolation

    Line smoothing / interpolation method (see D3 docs); notable options:

    • linear: straight lines between points
    • step-after: square steps from point to point
    • cardinal: smooth curves via cardinal splines (default)
    • basis: smooth curves via B-splines
    stack

    Allows you to specify whether series should be stacked while in the context of stacking renderers (area, bar, etc). Defaults to stack: 'true'. To unstack, unstack: 'true'.

    Methods

    Once you have instantiated a graph, call methods below to get pixels on the screen, change configuration, and set callbacks.

    render()

    Draw or redraw the graph.

    configure()

    Set properties on an instantiated graph. Specify any properties the constructor accepts, including width and height and renderer. Call render() to redraw the graph and reflect newly-configured properties.

    onUpdate(f)

    Add a callback to run when the graph is rendered

    Extensions

    Once you have a basic graph, extensions let you add functionality. See the overview and examples listing for more.

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Legend - add a basic legend

    • Rickshaw.Graph.HoverDetail - show details on hover

    • Rickshaw.Graph.JSONP - get data via a JSONP request

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Annotate - add x-axis annotations

    • Rickshaw.Graph.RangeSlider - dynamically zoom on the x-axis with a slider

    • Rickshaw.Graph.RangeSlider.Preview - pan and zoom via graphical preview of entire data set

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.Time - add an x-axis and grid lines with time labels

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.X - add an x-axis and grid lines with arbitrary labels

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.Y - add a y-axis and grid lines

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.Y.Scaled - add a y-axis with an alternate scale

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Behavior.Series.Highlight - highlight series on legend hover

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Behavior.Series.Order - reorder series in the stack with drag-and-drop

    • Rickshaw.Graph.Behavior.Series.Toggle - toggle series on and off through the legend

    Rickshaw.Color.Palette

    Rickshaw comes with a few color schemes. Instantiate a palette and specify a scheme name, and then call color() on the palette to get each next color.

    var palette = new Rickshaw.Color.Palette( { scheme: 'spectrum2001' } );
    
    palette.color() // => first color in the palette
    palette.color() // => next color in the palette...
    

    Optionally, to palette.color() can take a numeric argument to specify which color from the palette should be used (zero-indexed). This can be helpful when assigning a color to series of a plot with particular meaning:

    var palette = new Rickshaw.Color.Palette( { scheme: 'colorwheel' } );
    
    palette.color(0) // => first color in the palette - red in this example
    palette.color(2) // => third color in the palette - light blue
    

    Color Schemes

    • classic9
    • colorwheel
    • cool
    • munin
    • spectrum14
    • spectrum2000
    • spectrum2001

    Interpolation

    For graphs with more series than palettes have colors, specify an interpolatedStopCount to the palette constructor.

    Rickshaw and Cross-Browser Support

    This library works in modern browsers and Internet Explorer 9+.

    Rickshaw relies on the HTMLElement#classList API, which isn't natively supported in Internet Explorer 9. Rickshaw adds support by including a shim which implements the classList API by extending the HTMLElement prototype. You can disable this behavior if you like, by setting RICKSHAW_NO_COMPAT to a true value before including the library.

    Minification

    If your project uses minification, you will need to give a hint to the minifier to leave variables named $super named $super. For example, with uglify on the command line:

    $ uglify-js --reserved-names "$super" rickshaw.js > rickshaw.min.js
    

    Or a sample configuration with grunt-contrib-uglify:

    uglify: {
      options: {
        mangle: { except: ["$super"] }
      }
    }
    

    Development

    For building, we use Node and npm. Running npm run build or make should get you going with any luck.

    After doing a build you can run the tests with the command: npm test

    For more availible options see the package.json scripts section.

    Contributing

    Pull requests are always welcome! Please follow a few guidelines:

    • Please don't include updated versions of rickshaw.js and rickshaw.min.js. Just changes to the source files will suffice.
    • Add a unit test or two to cover the proposed changes
    • Do as the Romans do and stick with existing whitespace and formatting conventions (i.e., tabs instead of spaces, etc)
    • Consider adding a simple example under examples/ that demonstrates any new functionality

    Please note that all interactions with Shutterstock follow the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct.

    Authors

    This library was developed by David Chester, Douglas Hunter, and Silas Sewell at Shutterstock

    License

    Copyright (C) 2011-2020 by Shutterstock Images, LLC

    Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

    THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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