Encodable: Configurable Grammar for Visualization Components
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Information visualization, systems, toolkits, API design, reusable visualization, visualization component
There are so many libraries of visualization components nowadays with their APIs often different from one another. Could these components be more similar, both in terms of the APIs and common functionalities? For someone who is developing a new visualization component, how should the API look like? This work drew inspiration from visualization grammar, decoupled the grammar from its rendering engine and adapted it into a configurable grammar for individual components called Encodable. Encodable helps component authors define grammar for their components, and parse encoding specifications from users into utility functions for the implementation. This paper explains the grammar design and demonstrates how to build components with it.