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TIMEGLIDER jQUERY WIDGET/PLUGIN Welcome to the nascent Timeglider jQuery widget project. Timeglider is a web-based timeline application currently running in Flash: this is the transition to a free viewer module. Eventually all Flash-based pieces of Timeglider will be replaced with JS versions. Our goal here is to create a lightweight, extensible time-viewer-explorer which can zoom/pan and otherwise explore future/past events easily. Timeglider.com provides an authoring environment for creating hosted timelines; this plug in is meant for enterprise media, medical software, private legal workspaces, etc. all of which may have APIs of their own. LICENSE The Timeglider jQuery widget is free & open-source, per the MIT license: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php TIMEGLIDER DATA FORMAT See a sample json file @ json_tests/idaho.json. ROADMAP (in order of rough priority) DATE FORMATTING & LOCALIZATION Formatting the date and adjusting to a timezone. Generally, when data is imported, times will be translated to GMT time then retranslated to a users default or selected timezone. We're going to use the jquery-glob (https://github.com/timeglider/jquery-glob) system for localization of date and number formats (as soon as we figure out how to reconcile our own TG_Date object with the more limited JS Date.) SEARCH & LEGEND --- currently, one can filter to include &or exclude words using comma separated inputs. We're working on a legend system, so that icons can be given titles and the timeline filtered by them. EVENT ATTRIBUTES "html" : being able to use html as the event, so if there's a value in an "html" (json) attribute, that will get painted in lieu of the default icon + title, etc. This would have the requirement of being a div element. A class could be added, so that the "html" attribute might look like this: "<div class='tg-decade-block'><img src='/img/the-eighties'></div>" IMAGES --- detecting clusters of images (all on same day, i.e. iPhoto "events") and turning them into albums --- otherwise organizing images clearly, preventing spikes/lumps --- allowing some events to be image-text oriented with pre-defined layouts like text-flow around the image initially expanded AUDIO/VIDEO/FILES --- more options inside of event editor, but also allowing for possibilities in advanced implementations. PRINTING --- be able to print any range of time (sweep might be optionally huge) --- export to PDF (see http://www.highcharts.com/ 's PDF export) IMPORT PARSERS --- RSS, flickr, twitter, facebook, semantic "scraping" of dates on any webpage NOTE ON: EVENT IMPORTANCE Events each have an importance value (if missing, importance will be set to 20). This is the key to structuring a timeline that does not "blow out". For example, applying a relatively low importance value (say, 10) to an event like "lunch with Don" means that it will fade from view by the time you're at a zoom-level of 30 --- a wider scope where you're looking across 10 years.