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Sparklines , also called word graphics , are used to graphically explain numbers in text in a space-saving manner . In the form of a highly miniaturized ( time series ) diagram , sparklines show the historical development of a numerical value and thus give it the context that is important for its interpretation . The concept was developed and named by Edward Tufte , a professor at Yale University .

US Stock Quotes (February 7, 2006)
index Course of the day course modification
Dow Jones Sparkline dowjones new.svg 10765.45 −32.82 (−0.30%)
S&P 500 Sparkline sp500.svg 1256.92 −8.10 (−0.64%)
Nasdaq Sparkline dowjones.svg 2244.83 −13.97 (−0.62%)
Application example: simple and space-saving display of price development over the course of the day

The advantages of sparklines are:

  • The graphics are built directly into the text flow.
  • These are diagrams minimized to line height that visualize the texts and their statements.
  • Large, space-consuming diagrams are not used.

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Commons : Sparkline  - collection of images, videos and audio files