Allows the user to explore charts on web pages using sound and the keyboard rather than, or in conjunction with, visually and with the mouse. The code can easily be added to any page containing charts (or HTML tables or JSON data). There are various examples to help you get started.
AudioChart uses the Web Audio API, which is supported by modern browsers, including Microsoft Edge (but not Internet Explorer).
What does it let your users do?
- Play an auditory version of the data represented by a chart.
- Use the keyboard to pause the playback and move around the chart.
What sort of charts/data does it work with?
- Google Charts line and bar charts.
- C3 line charts.
- Raw JSON data.
- HTML tables.
The examples gallery covers using AudioChart with Google Charts, JSON and HTML tables.
Examples and Documentation
- These “getting started” examples contain commented code samples.
- The examples gallery demonstrates using AudioChart with Google Chart Tools, C3, HTML Table and raw JSON data.
- AudioChart options reference
- Public API documentation
Current and planned work is documented and discussed in the AudioChart issue tracker on GitHub.
Development is carried out in a test-driven manner. When building the software locally, unit tests are run in Chrome and Firefox via the npm scripts (Husky ensures they are run before a commit). The unit tests are also run on Travis (where Headless Chrome is used). You can view the test coverage details. In addition, internal API documentation is available.
Warning: AudioChart is still fairly early in development, so the APIs are changing quite fast.
Setting up for development
The build process uses npm and therefore also Node. You can get set up for development as follows (most of these instructions require the use of a command line).
- Install Node (if you’re a Mac user doing this via Homebrew is recommended:
brew install node).
- Get AudioChart’s code by using
git clone https://github.com/matatk/audiochart.gitor downloading a ZIP of the latest code.
- Locally install AudioChart’s dependencies by running
npm installin the newly-cloned/extracted
audiochart/directory (the packages will be stored inside
npm run buildwill lint the code, run the tests and make a minified production version.
Windows users: this has not yet been extensively tested on Windows, but it doesn’t use anything platform-specific, so should work fine. Please file a bug if you encounter any problems.