Updating Visualizations and Users

We have three new updates for Prism!  First, we slightly changed the html markup for our document files, so our James Joyce excerpt from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is now formatted correctly!  Second, we decided to tweak our visualizations.  Originally, once users select a category for visualizations,  the entire text would turn that color and the words that had been highlighted multiple times for that category would grow in size.  We decided that it looked odd and misleading if the entire text for each category changed color, regardless of whether those words had been selected, so we changed it so that only words that have been highlighted for a category change color.

Here’s an example of our new visualization plan (complete with our newly complete Joyce text):

new visualization

Finally, we fixed our user functionality! Now, users need to sign in to their accounts in order to highlight texts or view visualizations!

Our next plan is to see if it’s possible to change the cursor to look like a highlighter after users click on a category to markup the text. Stay tuned for more updates!

Annie was a 2012-2013 Scholars' Lab Fellow, a 2011-12 Praxis Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Department of English.

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