I discovered Google’s Fusionchart by accident.
Life science reporting, like technology reporting, employs unnecessary amount of jargons and uninspiring polysyllabic words, often in passive sentences. This is largely down to bad subbing, bad editing (alas, not many can retell the story of science as well as former Nature editor Pete Wrobel) – and bad story-telling skills.
So often, it is down to the web editors to make the content more palatable to the laymen, although we know more about technology than science.
Like the Yahoo! Finance badge, you can easily create your own charts or tables using Fusionchart. Step 1: Create whatever charts you want. Step 2: Generate the codes. Step 3: Imbed the codes in your web page.
Do save the codes in a separate document. Fushionchart does not automatically save any charts you create. If you refresh the Fusionchart page, your chart will disappear for good.
A word of caution.
If, however, you are using a content management system, you must generate a page in “raw html”. Meaning that the page is NOT preformatted. If you have a programmer, ask him or her how to do this.
If you’re stuck with a Blogspot or the free version of WordPress cms, I am afraid you can’t imbed the codes in your page. You’d have more success imbedding the codes in a flat html page. The Fusionchart you see in this blog is a GIF photo. You have to see how it works here.