active pdf/annotated visualization RFC
Wed, 06 Nov 2002 15:01:59 +1300
In terms of related plans: over the (southern) summer I plan to have a
student take a look at producing SVG output from R. There are many
possibilities for embedding metadata within such output.
You may want to talk to Naras (Balasubramanian Narasimhan
email@example.com) who has worked on the SVG stuff a bit already
and has thought a bit about how to include the metadata.
"Vincent J. Carey, Jr." wrote:
> How can R users take advantage of the "active PDF" paradigm
> for annotation of statistical graphics? The basic objective
> is to take a small number of locations on a graph and
> hyperlink them -- add persistent information to the pdf
> rendering of the graph so that when the user clicks
> on the location, a browser is (started if necessary and) pointed
> to a URL specified by the persistent information.
> One possibility is to generate pdf graphical documents with the
> existing PDF driver in R and use external software to introduce
> active links. We don't know at present what external software
> would be useful for this.
> Another possibility is to establish a "text" like function for
> use with the pdf driver that allows the user to give vectors
> of x and y coordinates and a vector of metadata to be bound to the
> coordinates as active link targets.
> This is a request for advice/comments/plans related to
> annotated visualizations created with R but exportable to
> non-R users. Other graphical formats and
> languages not mentioned here may be relevant and comments
> to this effect are welcome.
> Vince Carey, PhD
> Ass't Prof Med (Biostatistics)
> Harvard Medical School
> Channing Laboratory - ph 6175252265 fa 6177311541 cell 8572126768
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